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Auctioneers’ Reports.

Messrs H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, etc., for the week ending Thursday, March loth, 1881, as follows : For yesterday’s auction at Addington an except ion ally large supply of sheep was again sent to hand ; in fact, the want, of sufficient.yard accomodation was very much felt, and by nine o’clock in the morning every pen was taken up, and the adjoining paddocks had to be utilised for the reception of later arrivals. Although fully half the entry consisted of stores, yet there was more mutton than was wanted, and during the early part of the sale line after line of sheep was passed in unsold without scarcely eliciting a bid. Later on, however, competition improved, and most of the fat sheep began to move off, though at irregular prices. In some instances last week’s rates were maintained, whilst in others there was a drop of more than is per head. Merino wethers were particularly dull of sale, and the bulk of those on offer failed to find buyers, the drop in price being fully equal to the quota l ion abovementioned. Although the supply of store sheep sent to hand yesterday and for several weeks past has very much increased, there is a noticeable absence of young ewes, the bulk being aged merinos, and mostly showing the effects of a scarcity of feed. For such the demind is not quite so strong, and a large number on Wednesday failed to find buyers. Two, four, or six- , .tooth ewes are very much wanted, and we have how orders on cur books for a large quantity without being able to supply them. Crossbred ewes ot the ages mentioned arc selling freely at from 7s to 8s ; wethers in fresh condition, 8s to Ss 6d ; merino ewes, 2,4, or 6tooth, are worth 6s 6d to 7s 6d, according to sire . and condition; aged do., 2s 6d to ss. Taking yesterday’s sale as a whole, trade was dragging, particularly in stores, and more sheep were turned out unsold than on any occasion for six months past. Both the fat and store cattle market are comparatively unchanged. The entry of beef was limited, and with the exception of one or two lines, the quality inferior. This, .however, did not improve values, and about half the quantity submitted changed bands at late rates, the balance being unsold. The continued dry weather, and approaching winter has put a decided “ damper ” upon the store cattle trade, and at the present time very little business is being done. The totals yarded for yesterday’s sale comprised 12,234 sheep, 353 head of cattle, and 306 pigs, of which our entry included 8,623 sheep, 146 head of cattle, and 192 pigs. In sheep our principal sales were, 214 crossbreed wethers at losgd, 49 at ns, ill 2-tooth mixed at 9s 96, 50 wethers at ns 6d, 50 atjns 3d, 51 at 1053 d, 136 at 9s 6d, 199 at ios, 84 at 10s 6d, 100 at los gd. Stores, 315 merino wethers at 6s, 387 cull merino ewes at 33, 100 do. at 3s lod, 74 merino wethers at 6s 56, 100 mixed crossbreds at 8s 7d, 130 at 9s 6d, 247 at 7s 7d, 160 at 7s 7d, 50 at 6siid, 1784-tooth ewes at 7s, 150 merino wethers at 5s lod, ioi at 4s 9tl, 52 shorn lambs at 4s, 301 crossbred ewes at 7s id, 100 at 7s 2d, 208 mixed ewes and lambs at 6s, 158 merino ewes at 3s 4d. Lambs—37 at 5s 3d, 16 at Bs, 24 at 5s gd, 20 at 6s, 15 at 7s gd, 23 at 5s 6d, 10 at 3s 6cl, 19 at 5s 6d, 37 at 5s gd, 23 at 5s gd, 2S at 5s 6d. Fat cattle —2 at 1.6 ios, 4 at L 6 ss, 4 at L 6 15s, 3 at Ls 12s 6d, 6at L 5 ios. Stores -6at L 3 15s, 7 yearUngs atLi 7 S > 9at Li 12s 6d, 10 at L 3 lOS, 13 at L 4 ios, 4at L 4 2s 6d, 7 at Li 4s. Fairy cows, L 6 ios to Lg. Pigs, nat 355, 8 at 395, Bat 393 6d, 8 at 38s 6d, 9 at 38s, 7 at 595.6 d, 3at 5 2s 6d, 17 at ns, 36 at 21s 6d, 54 at 30s, 11 at 27s 6d, 20 at 24s 6d. In the p|g. trade there is considerable inquiry, and prices show an improvement.

Messrs Robert Wilkin and Co. report ; —At the Addington yards on Wednesday 12,234 sheep and 353 head of cattle came forward. Sheep.—ln fat sheep the supply was above the average, the bulk of which consisted of prime and good quality crossbreds, with a fair proportion of merinos. The sale opened very dull, and there was but slight improvement towards the close. The bulk of medium quality drafts not reaching owners’ limits were turned out unsold, while the demand for stores was not so keen as experienced at late sales. -In fact there was a scarcity of buyers of merinos, which resulted in many Tots''being passed in unsold. Several good lines of mixed crossbreds changed hands at prices a shade below late rates. There was a wry indifferent supply of fat cattle, the bulk middling and inferior lots, for which description there was a great want of competition,throughout the sale, and prices tody up to late rates were obtained. We sold, on account of various clients, prime crossbreds af US 3d to ns 6d each; good ditto at from, os 3d to xos ; ditto merinos at 6s 6d ; fat lambs 'at'SS'gd ; crossbred stores at 8s and 8s 6d ; merino ewes (full-mouthed) at 4s 3d ; tmte bullocks at L 8 Ss; ditto (light weights) L 6 los ; mixed stores at L 4 15s. • MfessrsJ.T. Ford and Co., report on the Ifynstosk market for the week ending Thurs-

day, the 10th inst, as follows : 12,234 sheep, 353 cattle, and 306 pigs were sent forward to the Addington Yards. Although there was sufficient fat stock for the requirements of the trade, yet the great bulk comprised stores, crossbreds and merinos or ordinary quality. The continued dry weather, of course, is telling on our pastures, and checking also the growth of the turnips, and our stubbles are affording little or no feed and unless we get rain soon, it will be a query how long present prices of stock will be maintained. Store cattle at present are simply at a standstill, and young stock have come down in price very considerably lately. Mutton may be quoted at d per lb., and beef at from 16s to 18s per lOOib. Store crossbreds are selling at from 8s 8d to 9s for grazing purposes, and crossbred ewes for lambing purposes about the same price. Merino ewes are still in good demand, and early shorn, good conditioned, with sound mouths, from good flocks, are bringing from 4s gd to Ss, 5s 3d, and 5s 6d each. Good young merino ewes are bringing from 6s 6d to 7s each, but a good deal depends on the flock, and whether culls or not. lat lambs are moie plentiful than they were, and are selling at from 6s to 8s and 93 each. Our principal sale was a line of 350 crossbreds at from los 6d to lis 6d each; also a line of fresh conditioned merino wethers, at from 6s to 6s 6d and 6s 6d each. Fat steers, at from 1.5 IS to 1.7 J 6s 6d each ; fat cows, at L$ each. We had to turn out several lines of prime sheep, prices offered not being equal to owners' reserves.

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Auctioneers’ Reports., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 290, 11 March 1881

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Auctioneers’ Reports. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 290, 11 March 1881

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