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Ashburton Retail ListButter, inferior to best, $ lb, 6d to Sd. Eggs, dozen, is. Cheese; prime quality, $ lb, 6d, Bacon, prime smoked, I? lb, lod to is, Hauls, ip; cloth, # lb, is. Flour, in bags, $ loolb, 1 3 s - Oatmeal. 251 b, 4s. Larfi, yd. ' The, Christchurch Com Exchange. TWollowing [is the report for the week ending Friday evening, the 28th inst:— Business in the grain, trade the past few ha’s been of the most unimportant character, and at the present time no transactiofis'; excepting those for forward delivery; haVe transpired. Harvest operations are now in fall'swing, and Until , these are in a more forward condition little. cr nothing will be done. Reports from the various agricultural districts are most favorable. The quality of the gpiihVis. said to be exceptionally good, while ‘the yield, although , not of the superabundant nature of last year, will still show a high average. Altogether this harvest may be looked upon as one of the best that has been known, for years. The weather, too, which has t&eSi so* beneficent throughout the season, has itbf deserted us, and; from present appearances there is every likelihood of ks continuing to be favorable. It is perhaps premature to quote pric£sA far; 1 the different cereals, as the transactions ; are! not yet numerous enough to establish- what may be called ruling quotations. As bcretofpre.f seliers are expecting to get just a little more than buyers are 'prepared to give, hut these differences will disappear when sales are more numerous and prices recognised. It may, however,'■ be safely asserted that prices will helticV'cbupled with the yield, as will leave the farmer a - fair 'remuneration, for this year’s labor, r ; The following are 'he ruling prices of the cereals at present (not the new crops); Wheat.—Good sound milling samples are saleable; at from 4s. 3d 1045 4'! per bushel; second qualify, 3 s to 3 s dd; chick wheat, 2s to 2s 6d. Oats.—Gaod short milling samples are worth from Is 3d to is 8d per bushel; feed quality,' is 3d to is sd, delivered in Christchurch. . . : ' Barley.—Prime malting samples are really not:in the market, but fair to medium quality will fetch as 4<J tq,2s fid feed samples is 3d to is od per bushel. peed;— A. few sales have taken place. First-class town rifessed at from 3s 10353 d; second fate; 1 indifferently cleaned, 2s 3d to 2s fid per bushel. Dairy Produce—Cheese is in good supply, with d'ratlier slack demand at from to 4d. Batter— Supply and demand are both good, and is passing into consumption at fid.

Auctioneers’ Report. Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report on the live;stock- market, Sx., for the week ending Thursday, January 27th, 1881, as follows Yesterday’s ,weekly sale at the Metropolitan Yards a. very limited supply of fat sheep, not more than half an average entry being penned. The quality g enerally was very indifferent, a few small'lines only of prime, mutton Being oh offer. ' There was a small attendance of the trade, still the bareness of supplies 'created a -ready sale, and nearly every pen of fat sheep was sold at prices fully hearing out last week’sra'tes". ' Prime crossbreds brought 9s fid tons, rd.; medium do, 8s fid to 9s 3d ; merino weatheis, 6s to 7s, a line of 400 being placed at'6s gd. Store sheep are now coming forward in large numbers,' thdugh'the bulk arc aged or cull lots, and it is just as difficult as ever to ohtedn yOiing sound ewes (crossbred or merino) for breeding purposes. Lambs for store [purposes are how in considerable demand, withfh; prospect of paying the farmer as well as anything he can put his money into to hold over. tiil, next, shearing. - A line of about 400 vrere'taken up on Wednesday at 7s yd for the same and could the supply be maintained,’ 1 we : ‘ have no doubt of equally satisfactory prices being obtainable for an unlimited quantify.'"' The fat chttle market was fairly filled,- the* chief feature being a draft frpm Mr. H. ; Chamberlain’s farm at tbe Selwyn, and another of fifteen head from Mr. F. Birdling!s,.Little':River., Both' these consignments were really nice cattle, and the competition shown, fpr the last-name! proves that however dull trade may be, the best quality will always command attention. _ Prices ruled for this line front L 8 lbs to Lj;'a pen of light weights, L 7 10s making an average of L 8 8s per head. The feme Of thef market was a little better, and the yariops jots, were more in request, without irf-values. The few store battle: on offer call for ho special remark ; with”tfa«s exception of a couple Of pens, they were of a second rate class, and prices are unchanged from the last month’s Fresh conditioned two to three-year-old mixed sexes are worth L 4 ss'to Lj 5s ; steers, 5s per hpad bighor, /Yearlings, to two-year-olds, La 5s to L 4; weariers, 15s to 30s. The totals yardf&^'tiie.'gay. comprised 6235 sheep, 313 head pf cattle and pigs, of which our entty iaclflded 3423 sheep, 141 head of cattle, 62 fat lambs and 57 pigs. In fat sheep, our at 10s gd, 74 two-tooths at 8s 3d, 53 at 9s 3d, 192 at 9s 3d, 56 at 8s fid, 62 at 10s, 40 at 9s, 57 at 10s, 33 at Us id, 66 at 10s Bd, 40 at us, 420 merino wethers at 6s 9d ; stoves, ico fourtooth mixed crossbreds at Bs, 150 at Bs, 488 at 7s- iid, 1070 crossbreds coll ewes at 6s, 94 do. at 5s fid,. 163 do. at 7s fid. Fat cattle—2 at L 9, 2 at L 8 15s, 4 at L 8 10s, 4 at L 8 10s, 3 at L? los, 3at L 5 15s, 2 at L 8 10s, 2 at L 6, 2at L 5 ss, 2 at.L?,; 2£tL6 2s fid; 2-at L 6, 3 at L$ 10s; stores, nominal; fat lambs, 7s to 8s gd; pigs, 2 at 445, 5 at 40s, 3 at 50s, 10 at 295, 11 at 235, 4at 455, 19 at 17s, 2 at 325.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 254, 28 January 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 254, 28 January 1881

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