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-> - Ashburton Retail List. Butter, inferior to best, t? lb, 8d to lod. Eggs, dozen, is 3d. Cheese, prime quality, lb, 4d to 6d. . - 3aoon, prime smoked, t? lb, lod to is. Hams, in cloth, $ lb, is. ~ r Flour, in bags, loolb, 13s. ....Oatmeal, 1? 25th, 4s. . Lard, $ tts . ?d. The Christchurch Corn Exchange. 1 Corn Exchange report for the week ending Friday, the 4th instant;— ’.- . '.The state of the market has not mate- ‘ lially-altered during the week that has 'elapsed. Farmers are still busy in the harvest field, taking advantage of the truly; magnificent weather which prevails : for their operations. In some districts a considerable portion of the grain is already carrried:- A few lines of the new crop have already found their way into the market, but transactions as yet are on a very limited scale. There are still a few parcelsof last season’s crop seeking buyers, and for those also the demand is not brisk, oh account of the scarcity of tonnage to export it. The quotations below refer to last season’s grain, as the business done in the new is not yet sufficiently demonstrated to fix prices, and on the whole -buyers are reticent. Wheat.—Good sound milling will find buyers at from-3s 9d to 4s per bushel. Second-class milling quality is dull of sale at from 2s 9d to 3a 3d. Chick wheat, Is fid to 2s 3d per bushel. Oats. —Good stout milling are hardly so much sought after, but sale can be found for them at from la fid to Is 7d per bushel; feed samples of good quality are more ■ saleable at from Is 3d to Is 5d per bushel; inferior feed. Is Id to Is 2d per bushel.

Barley.—There is still a small demand for barley of good malting quality, but hrewers and maltsters are as a rule well supplied and are indifferent ; really good malting samples are saleable at from 3s to 3s 6d per bushel; inferior samples are extremely dull of sale, but will meet with buyers at. from Is 3d to Is fid per bushel. s —There are very few parcels of last year’s seed now on offer, but prices, .in Sympathy with the increased demand for the" new crop, have improved. Well cleaned town dressed seed is saleable at from 2s : od to 3s per bushel; indifferently cleaned,'2s to 2s 3d. Dairy Produce.—Cheese and Butter— The fonner is in plentiful supply at from i &|d to 4d per lb ; the latter is saleable at jfid/ vrith a tolerably brisk demand.

- Auctioneers’ Report. Messrs. H. Matson, and Co. report on the Live Stock Market for the week ending Thursday, February 3rd, 1881, as • foliows :—For yesterday’s weekly sale at there was but a limited supply of fat sheep sent to hand for trade requirements, stores representing a large : entry,^, The auction commenced with a grandjline of crossbred wethers from Longbeach, which elicited a brisk oomipetition, clearing the lot at from 13s to 13s 6d per head; merinos from the same estate, 8s 9d to 9s. For all classes of mutton the demand was somewhat better / —hb. doubt attributable to the thin market—and every line of our entry was cleared.with a ready sale at an advance of :6d to Is per head over last week’s prices. Mixed average weight crossbreds brought 9a'6d to 11s; prime heavy weight wethers, 11s to 13s 6d; merino wethers, : / 6d to. 9s. . The store sheep on offer were'mostly of a ; very indifferent class, and realised proportionate prices, the blilk cciming off dry country, and showing 'the effects' of the scarcity of feed. For different owners we placed 760 cull lambs at 4s 3d to 4s sd, and 350 aged crossbred ewes in low condition at 6s; nine hundred old merino ewes—in very bare condition —at 2s 7d, and a few small lots at late ruling rates.: The demand for store sheep generally shows no abatement, and prices are well maintained. In fat cattle there wa& a bare market, varying from medium .toprime quality, and as most of thAfcfade were buyers, very lew lots were turned but unsold, prices being slightly more in favour of owners. Prime heavyweight steers brought L 7 10s to L 8 10s; medium do. and heifers, L 6 to L 7. Store cattle were conspicuous by their absence, Hbbut 50 head* only being yarded, and these a very indifferent lot. Prices are tonal tered from the last few weeks’ quotations..’ The totals yarded for the day comprised 6945 sheep, 176 head of cattle, 148: pigs, of which our entry included 3656 sheep, 334 fat lambs, 25 head of cattle, and 140 pigs. .X)n Tuesday, at the Ashburton Yards, Ashburton, we held our usual fortnightly sale bf live stock, &c., hut. owing to the farofTß being busily engaged, our attendance'was small. Prices, however, of both sheep,; cattle, and pigs were satisfactory to vendors, as we succeeded in clearing .head of .cattle (out of 65), 1904 sheep, and'92‘,pigs. Our principal sales in cattle were—4 at lis 15s, 4at L 6 17s 6d, 9 at L 5 17s 6d, 8 at L 3 15s, 5 at L 6 17s 6d, 3 at-1(3,10s, 2at LI 17s 6d, 4 at L 7 2s 6d, j6d, - &c. Cows almost Unsaleable. In sheep we sold 667 merino Ss 2(1, j 140 crossbred, mixed sexes, 9s Id; 3(50 merino wethers, 6s 3d ; 150 mptipjaj wethers; 6s 9d ; 155 merino wethers, 6s 10<1; 460 r merino wethers, sa. In pigs we sold, Wanganui stores, 15 at LI 6s, 13 at LI Is; 5 at LI Is, 12 at LI 6s fid, 18 at -18 b, and for Canterbury suckqr®j3o,at 16s 6d and 3 at 14a 6d each. We' bqnaider that the sale was highly satisfactory, and that a large business in store.shock' 1 will be done-as soon as the c&gh are properly harvested.

gj | r Englifh Market?. The New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, Limited, have received tho/ioUotring telegram, - dated London, February let, 1881 :—Wool-7-Market nnchjujged., Pp to date 173,w0 bales have arrived. Trade in the,;, manufacturing ' ‘.ditencta is unchanged. Wheat—Adelaide • ftmi New Zealand 475. per and s beof 34».y6d.r per cwt. *

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 260, 4 February 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 260, 4 February 1881

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