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• Land Sales. r At the usual sitting of the Waste Lands Board, : held at Christchurch on Thursday last, sales were made as follows: —Ashley, <R a 3 r 33p ; Selwyn, 58a or aop; Akaroa, 48a; Ashburton, 103 a3r 37p ; Geraldine, 28a 2r J3p ; ylllage settlements, deferred payments, la; total acreage sold, 331 a2r I3p; total value, L 69 3s 2d. Refunds on account of former purchases were made in the sura ofL3oo ispd.

' : Auctioneers’ Report. ' Messrs H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, for the week ending March 25th, 1881, as follows ; At the Addington saleyards on Wednesday last "there was again a full market of sheep, with sufficient mutton for trade requirements, the balance being mixed stores, mostly merinos. In fat sheep, sales opened with rather more animation than usual, and for crossbred mutton the demand was good throughout, most of the lines being cleared without much difficulty, Jhough failing to show any actual advance in price. What is now being sent to hand in the way of so-called fat merinos are, with few exceptions, little better than stores, and prices have very much fallen in consequence, but where this class of sheep have been properly grazed and “ topped up,” they command a lot of attention and high prices. A small draft of really grand wethers from the Ashburton was sold by us at ns, whilst for the inferior lols 6s to 6s 6d is the ruling rate. Crossbred wethers brought as high as 12s 6tl; mixed lines, 9s to los 6d. Owing to the continued dry weather and scarcity of reed, the trade in store sheep is not quite so brisk, and aged or low-conditioned lots are not easy to quit. The supply of such is-in excess of requirements, and prices show a downward tendency. Of young sheep for breeding purposes there is still a scarcity, and values are. Well maintained, young merino ewes fetching as high as 6s 6d to Bs, and crossbreds 7s*6d to 9s. In beef the demand is still very sluggish, and prices show no improvement. Good steers are woith L 6 15s to L 8 ; light weight do. and heifers Lsto L 6 10. In store cattle-there is very little doing, the low prices haying almost stopped the supply. The totals - 9,717 sheep. JoS head of cattle, and 376 pigs; of which our entry included 5,542 sheep, 76 head of cattle, 294 pigs. Inf-sheep our principal sales were—30 crossbred ewes us 3d, 40 at 9s gJ, 36 mixed at 9s 6d, 30 at 10s Bd, 57 at 103 Bd, 199 at 10s 8d 90 at ios Bd, 91 at 10s 3d, 54 at 10s 6d, 40 at 10s, 56 wethers at 12s, 30 at 1253 d, 47 at 12s, 70 at ns, 40 at ns, 30 at gs 3d 160 ewes at 8s 9d, 50 at 9s 6d, 50 at 9s 6d, 50 at lis 9d, 30 at 12s, 129 merino wethers at 6s, 40 crossbreds at 10s 6d, 40 at 10s 3d, 80 at 103 3d, 200 at 10s, Si at 10s, 92 merino wethers at 6s, 150 at 6s"; stores, 76 crossbred ewes at 6s lod, 127 mixed' crossbreds at 7s lod, 40 culls at 3s Sd, 197 mixed crossbreds at 8s 3d, 69 merino wethers (low condition) at 3s, 399 do. ewes at 4s-7d,-aoo aged crossbred ewes at 8s 2d to 8s 4d 12a merino ewes at 3s 6d ; fat lambs, 34 at 85.33,10.93, 16 at 8s 6cl, 18 at 6s 3d, 21 at 9s 96.1.20. at 8s Qd, 20 at 7s 6d, 9at 8s 6d. Fat cattle irom L 5 to L 7 2s 6d; stores nominal. In'pigs there was a large entry', but more than half the- number were of a very rough description, arid for such it was difficult to effect a clearance at any price. Values for this class of pigs have fallen quite 50 per cent., but for fat pigs and well-bred fresh-conditioned stores there is little or no alteration in price. Sale of dairy stock.—On Saturday last we held our usual weekly sale of dairy stock in the Tatteisall’s yards, There was a full entry and large attendance, and most of the lots found buyers at from Lj 10s to L 7 for ordinary dairy cows; extra good to Lio 10?. Ashburton.—On Tuesday last we held a supplementary sale of live stock, etc., at the Tinwald yards. There was a large entry of sheep, but owing to the long-continued dry weather very little inclination to purchase was evinced upon the part of those present. We sold 360 crossbred ewes at 6s 6d, 60 culls at 4s 6d, 167 ewes at 6s, 68 fat crossbreds at 12s, etc., etc.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 303, 26 March 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 303, 26 March 1881

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