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Ashburton Retail ListButter, inferior to best, $ tt>, 8d to lod. Eggs, $ dozen, is 4d. .Cheese, prime quality, t? lb, 4d to 6d. '3acon, prime smoked, 1? lb, lod to is. Haras, iu cloth, $ lb. Is. Flour, in bags, 1? loolb, 13s. Oatmeal. 1? 25®, 4s. Lard, t? lb. 7 d - i The Christchurch Corn Exchange. , The following is the report for the week ending Friday evening, the nth inst.: — Little or no business has been transacted during the week. Farmers are still busy harvesting the grain. The weather up to the present has been extremely favorable, and a ■ large propoition of the grain is now in stack. The business done during the week has Iwen of an unimportant character. Prices cannot be • said as yet to be determined. Many farmers arc as yet undecided whether to sell at the 1 ' pi ices offering or take the risk of the homemarket themselves. __ , Wheat—Last year’s samples of good sound milling quality are worth from 3 s gd to 4s ; for new wheat, of good quality, 3 s fid to 3 s 8d per bushel is being offered; chick wheat, 2s to 2s gd per bushel. Oats—There is no alteration in prices since last week. Good short milling from is 6d to is yd per bushel; feed samples, is 3d to is 5d per bushel. Barley—A few transactions have taken place in the new crop. Really first-class malting will command from 3 s 3d to 3 s ?d per bushel; second-rate malting, nominal per bushel; feed, is 3d to is fid per bushel. Grass Seed—A few. sales of the new crop ' have been made. Really well-cleaned heavy seed, 3s to 3s 3d per bushel. Brisk enquiry. Cheese and Butter—There is no change to report in values during the week. The former is in plentiful supply, from to4d per lb; the latter fid per lb. Auctioneers’ Report. Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, £c., for the week ending ! Thursday, February 10th, 1881, as follows For yesterday’s weekly market at Addington there was an average supply of mutton sent to hand, just sufficient for trade requirements. Sales opened with a fair demand, at prices very similar to last week’s quotations, second rate quality being perhaps a little lower. The various lines were cleared without difficulty as the auction progressed, the best quality both in crossbreds and merinoes being the most sought after, and selling at much better rates in proportion than medium or inferior classes. For prime merino mutton there has been for some time past a ready sale at satisfactory prices, but ‘ second rate quality is unsaleable excepting at store rates. Prime crossbred wethers brought losto 12s 3d ; mixed and inferior lots, 8s get to gs fid ; the best merino wethers, ys to 8s gd ; inferior, 5s fid to 6s fid. In store sheep there were comparatively few on offer, and those chiefly of a very indifferent class. We quote values unchanged. Merino ewes, mixed ages, sold up to Ss fid ; aged crossbred do., 6s to ys. The supply of fat cattle was barely equal to the demand, and the market generally ruled a little firmer. Prices, however, were unaltered, though most of the lines changed owners with less difficulty on the part of salesmen. In store cattle there was very little doing. The entry was small, and whilst the best lines found ‘- ' buyers at fair and satisfactory rates, inferior lots—old cows, &c. —were but little in request, .and very few sold. The totals yarded for the day comprised 5081 sheep, 278 head of cattle, . and 121 pigs, of which our entry included 2365 sheep, 450 fat lambs, 141 head of cattle, and 1 10 pigs. Lambs were in large supply, and with a line of 300 taken up for store purposes at Bs, the market was bare for trade requirements, and prices ruled high throughout. With farmers in the market as buyers of lambs, there is no prospect of a reduction of prices this season. We sold —38 at ys gd, 43 at Bs, 20 at Bs, 289 at Bs, 18 at gs, 20 at ys 3d, 23 at ys fid. Pigs—With the exception of one or two small lots, the entry was of a very rough class, little or no competition being shown for such. Well-bred useful little “slips” are selling at from 20s to 30s ; North Island pigs, 12s to 255.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 266, 11 February 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 266, 11 February 1881