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Ashburton Retail List. Butter, inferior to best, V? lb, 8d to lod. Eggs, I? dozen, is 6d. Cheese, prime quality, $ lb, 4d to 6d. Bacon, prime smoked, lb, lod to is. flams, in cloth, b? lb, is. Flour, in bags, t? loolb, 13s. Oatmeal. $ 251 b, 4s. Lard, lb, yd. The Christchurch Corn Exchange. The following is the report for the week ending Friday evening, the 18th inst.: — Business during the week has assumed greater proportions, and prices are, to a very great extent, determined on. The weather continues extremely favorable, and threshing operations are being proceeded with day and night. The quality of the grain coming to hand is quite up to expectation, while the average yield (with the exception of that from light lands) is up to, if not over, former years. Large quantities of grain are arriving at the country stations, so that the grain season may be said to have fairly commenced. Wheat. —Several sales have taken place during the week for parcels of first-rate quality, at from 3s 6d to 3s gd per bushel. Samples of exceptionally fine Tuscan, absolutely clean and fit for seed, will command a shade over the highest quotation. Inferior samples have been sold at 3s per bushel. Chick wheat ranges between 2s and 2s gd per bushel. Oats.—There is not much business doing. Good short milling samples will find buyers at from is 6d to is yd per bushel. Feed samples, is 3d to is sd; inferior feed samples, is to is 2d per bushel. Barley.—A few samples of the new crop are already in the market. The quality of what has been shown is fairly good, but, as a rule, thin and wanting in body. For the best malting samples 3s to 3s 6d is obtainable. Second rate is not very saleable. Prices nominal. Grass Seed.—A fairly good demand is apparent. Well cleaned heavy seed will fetch from 3s to 3s 3d per bushel. Cheese and Butter.—The former is in good supply, with an almost total want of inquiry, at 3j£d to 4d per lb. The latter is tolerably plentiful. Demand sluggish, at to 6d per lb.

Auctioneers’ Report. Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, &’c., for the week ending Thursday, February 17th, 1881, as follows : Yesterday’s weekly market at Addington presented the largest sppply of sheep that has been sent to hand for many months, the yards being filled from beginning to end, The entry included a large proportion of prime mutton, principally crossbred, the few lines of merinos being, for the most part, below average quality. There was a fair attendance of the trade, and, considering the large supply, competition was well maintained after the first few lots, and sales were made without much difficulty, especially in crossbreds, at what must be considered satisfactory prices. Values were, in some instances, a little irregular, this being invariably the case in a full market; but, taking the auction throughout, the demand was good, as, out of an entry of nearly 6,000 sheep submitted by ourselves, we had scarcely a line unsold, last week’s rates being, in most cases, obtained. Prime crossbred wethers brought from ns 6d to 12s 3d ; average weight, mixed lots, 9s 6d to ns ; merino wethers, 6s 6d to 7s lod The continued dry weather is sending store sheep more plentifully into the market, but up to the present time late ruling prices have in no way been affected, and good lines of two and four-tooth wethers for turnip feeding are in strong demand. The opening up of our stubbles is sure to increase the enquiry for breeding ewes ; but as far as can be judged at present buyers will have to supply themselves from outside sources, as very few but odd lots find their way into the Addington saleyards. Good fresh-conditioned crossbred wethers (two and four-tooth) are worth 8s 6d to 9s ; mixed ages and sexes, 7s 6d to 8s; useful soundmouthed aged ewes, crossbreds, 6s to 7s, according to condition ; merino ewes, 3s 6d to 6s 6d- The supply of fat lambs is falling off before the demand, and many butchers for several weeks past have been unable to meet their requirements, the best lines selling at from 8s to 9s 6d; inferior lots, 6s 6d to 7s 6d. In fat cattle the supply yesterday was again in excess of what was wanted, and trade was very dull. About two-thirds of the entry changed owners at late rates,, and the balance—including a line of the best quality cattle of the day —was turned out unsold. Store cattle were penned in limited numbers, and the bulk sold at prices showing a steady decline, but even now at rates bearing a favorable comparison to the price of beef. The totals yarded for the day comprised 8,860 sheep, 378 head of cattle, and 155 pigs, of which our entry included 5,717 sheep, 283 fat lambs, 194 head of cattle, and 60 pigs. .In pigs there was an average entry and prices were unchanged. Country tales.—On Tuesday, at the Tinwald Yards, we held our usual fortnightly sale (for the Ashburton district) of live stock, &c. There was a very large number of sheep and pigs penned for the day’s requirements, cattle being in a minority. The farmers being so busily engaged harvesting there was a very small audience. Those who were there, however, were evidently buyers, as we cleared the whole of our entry in sheep and pigs, and only turned out 10 head of cattle unsold. \Ve consider the sale as highly satisfactory to vendors. Our entry for the day consisted of 4,489 sheep, 259 pigs, 39 head of cattle, and 2 horses. Our principal sales of sheep were —300 merino wethers 5s 3d, 700 at 5s 4d, 250 at 5= 3d, 330 cull merino ewes at 3s 46, 550 2-tooth crossbreds at 6s 2d, 318 merino ewes at 4s 6d, 286 merino ewes at 3s 6d, 250 merino wethers, fat, 7£ id to 7s 5d each, 108 merino lambs at 4s 3d, &c,, &c. In pigs we sold 96 at 245, 61 at is id, 18 at 12s, 13 at 14s, 4'at Li 4s, 7atLi os 6d, 6at Li 6s, &c. In cattle, 7at L 6 ss, 4at L 6 Ss, I at L 7 10s, 1 at L 7 15s, 20 at L 3 17s 6d, 16 at L2 19s, &c., &c.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 272, 18 February 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 272, 18 February 1881