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Ashburton Retail ListButter, inferior to best, & lb, 8d to lod. Eggs, W dozen, is 3d. Cheese, prime quality, Ib, 4d to 6d, Bacon, prime smoked, $ lb, lod to is. Rams, in cloth, $ lb, is. Flour, in bags, $ loolb, 13s. ■ Oatmeal. # 2Stt>, 4s. . Lard, lb, yd. Auctioneers’ Report. Messrs. H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, &c., for the week ending Thursday, February 24th, 1881, as follows : Yesterday’s weekly sale at Addington was noteworthy as presenting by far the largest supply of sheep we have ever seen penned at the yards. From early morning up to the commencement of the sale line after line poured in from both North and South, until, not only was every available pen taken up, but the paddocks at the back were occupied Dy sheep in thousands, and the wonder is that so few remained unsold. Comparatively speaking, there was but a moderate entry ot fat sheep, two-thirds of the total number being stores. At the opening sales—in mutton—competition was a little dull, buyers holding back in view of the apparently large supply. As the auction, however, progressed, this idea was dispelled, and it soon became evident that if the trade did not secure the passing lines, they would be without supplies for the week, and from the middle to the end of the sale every lot of fat sheep was fairly competed for, and cleared at prices showing little if any decline from last week’s quotations. Prime crossbred wethers brought 11s to I2s, medium weight, mixed lots, 10s to ns ; merino wethers 6s fid toßs. From the way in which the various lines of store sheep were taken up yesterday, irrespective of class, age, or sex, and the prices realised, it is evident that a large supply is in no way likely to affect values at present, whatever it may do in a month’s time, or if the present dry weather continues. Our pastures in most parts of the province are getting dry and feed scarce, but any effect this might have upon values is more than counterbalanced by the general scarcity of sheep fhroughout the country. Out of the total of something like 12.000 or 13,000 stores submitted yesterday, there was scarcely a lot but what changed owners, prices being in every case most satisfactory. Amongst other sales, we noticed the disposal of 1,500 medium class crossbred ewes, the greater part aged and in low condition, at 7s id; 2,400 aged merino ewes at 4s 3d; 2.000 store merino wethers at 4s I id; 1.000 aged do ewes at 4s gd ; 2,000, mostly four and six-tooth merino ewes, at 6s 3d, &c. Taking the sheep sale throughout, both as regards numbers, price, and clearance, it was the best we have ever seen at the Addington Yards. In fat cattle there was an average supply, including a few pens of prime quality, the bulk inferior. For the best class there was a slight improvement in price and demand, Mr Birdling’s draft selling at from L 7 17s fid to L 8 15s, or an average of L 8 5s per head. Inferior sorts were very dull of sale, and it was difficult to make a clearance at late rates. The entry of store cattle was limited, there being an absence of any special lines, and where business was done, late declining rates were barely maintained. The totals yarded for the day comprised 17,729 sheep, 349 head of cattle, and 101 pigs, of which our entry included 5,902 sheep, 572 fat lambs, 132 head of cattle, and 50 pigs. In sheep our principal sales were—l9B mixed crossbreds, at 10s id, 54 at lis fid and 11s gd, 53 at ns, 59 at ns, 205 at 10s fid, 365 at 10s id, 80 at 10s, 160 at 10s, 166 at 1 os, 51 at los 3d, 188 merino wethers at'7s gd, 105 at 7s gd, 40 at Bs, 37 crossbreds at 10s 3d, 80 at 8s fid. Stores—l,soo aged crossbred ewes at 7s id, 150 cull merino ewes at 453 d, 900 crossbred lambs at 6s gd, 114 two-tooth half-breds at 6s, 137 old ewes at 4s Bd, 57 do at 3s yd, 65 at 3s, 80 at 3s I id, &c. Fat lambs made a large entry, and all were sold at from 6s to-gs. We placed 23 at 9s, 20 at ys 3d, 20 at 7s fid, 26 at gs, 65 at ys to ys 3d, 78 at ys pd, 105 at ys fid, 21 at ys gd, 120 at fis fid to 6s gd, 20 at 6s fid. Fat cattle —4 at L 8 ys fid, 4 at LB, 4at Ly 17s fid, 3 at L 8 15s, 3 at L 6 12s fid, 5 at L 6 10s, 3 at L 6, 9At L 5 17s fid, 2 at L 5 10s, 9 at L 5 10s, 4 at L 5 2s fid; stores, nominal. In pigs the demand was a little keener, and prices were a shade higher. We sold 7at 365, Bat 355, 8 at 345, 6 at 375, 5 at 335, 6 at 34s fid, 6 at 335, &c.

The Christchurch Corn Exchange. The following is the report for the week ending Friday evening, the 25th inst.:— ; There is little or no alteration to notice in values daring the past week. Business has been rather dull, the buyers are reticent. This is mainly attributable to the scarcity of tonnage. A large proportion of wheat to be exported this season will go on growers’ account. The tone of the market is decidedly weaker. The weather meantime continues most favorable for threshing operations. Large quantities of grain continue to arrive at the country stations. The yield is turning out exceedingly favorable, and the quality of the grain as a rule is undeniable. Wheat—First class milling samples are changing hands at from 3s 6d to 3s gd. Grain, of a quality hardly so good as the foregoing, 2d per bushel less. First-class Tuscan, fit for seed, a shade over the highest quotation is obtainable. Chick wheat ranges between 25 and 2? > pd per bushel. Oats.—The business doing during the week has been small. This is on account of the scarcity of tonnage. Good stout milling are worth is fid to is yd per bushel; good feed samples, is 3d to is 3d ; inferior feed samples, Is id to Is 2d per bushel. Barley.—Very few sales have as yet been effected. Brewers and maltsters are rather indifferent, having still considerable stocks on hand of last season’s crop. The want of tonnage is also detrimental to business being done in this cereal. First class malting samples are worth from 3s to 3s fid per bushel; second-class samples are almost unsaleable. Grass Seed. The demand is brisk, with a rather limited supply. Well cleaned farmers’ samples are worth from 3s to 3s fid per bushel. , Cheese and Butter.—The market for the former is still very weak, and quotations arc lower, per lb being the outside obtainable. The latter is saleable at from fid to fi^djierlb.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 278, 25 February 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 278, 25 February 1881

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