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Ashhiurton Retail List- / ’ Butter, inferior to best, qd to is. -Eggs*# dozen, is 3d. ! ;Cheese,prime quality, lt>, 4d to fid. Bacon, ptime smoked, lb, is. .dams, in cloth, $ lb, is to is 2d. ; Flour, in bags, $ loolb, 13s. Oatmeal, t? 251 b, 4s. Lard, ff IV ?d. ■ iThe Christchurch. Com Exchange. cl -i '■■■■■ ... 1 '" irit The following is the report for the week endipgvFriday., the. Ist of April: — The; tenor of The 1 grain market during the past week varies in a slight degree from its predecessors,- inasmuch as it has a slightly timer Tone- .The want of freight is still felt by intending exporters, and is very decidedly retarding-sales being effected. Recentl English' telegrams reporting an upward tendency, coupled with the good quality of the grain, and the sound condition in which it has bebh garnered, has had its effect. If the be-fore-mentioned want (viz., tonnage); were supplied, it is probable that the market would assume a yet firmer tone. The long continued spell of dry - weather-, although advantageous to the farmer in many respects, notably raising the values ot feeding grains- and root crops, and enabling threshing operations to be proceeded with, is not an ’ unnitxed good. The country is suffering severely from want of rain, anduus ibay yet aSsmine a serious complexion. Wheat—Large lines of really good Tuscan will command 3s 8d to 3s g'/iA per bushel; ■ velvet chaff and other hard wheats, 3s yd j Hunter’s white,' 3s fid per bushel, f.0.b.; samples where the quality is slightly inferior to th£ foregoing, 2d; to per bushel under these .quotations ; chick wheat varies from is gd to 2s piper bushel,. according to quality. Oats—The enquiry continues, active and holdqra, seetii disinclined to part for the money joffeifrig? '"A few transactions have taken place liuring the week for good milling at from is 8d To is qd per bushel; feed samples, is 6d to is yd per Bushel, delivered in, Christchurch. Sarlfey—A good many parcels are coming forward, the majority of which are of inferior quality. Breyvers and malsters will not look at this'class, onlyfhe better qualities meeting with any attention. Really good malting to medium samples may lie quoted from 2s fid to 33 fid per bushel exceptionally good malting in very larg¥-lineS, 3d ! to 4di above the highest quotations ; feed barley, Is fid to is lod per bushel; barley of a quality better than feed, but not a mailing sample, is extremely difficult to place, quotations nominal. Grass seed —The demand for this article of produce,has in no-way. abated. . Well cleaned farmefs*,paicels meet with ready sale at from 3s fid to 4-s per bushel, indifferently cleaned according to sample. ' ' _ Potatoes are-beginning to be inquired for. A few insignificant sales have taken place during the past week . at-frpln 33s to 35s per ton at country/ .stations, wifliin a radius of seven to eight .miles from Christchurch, sacks, extra. Accounts from, neatly all the potato growers report-crops short., ; BeanVand Peas—-The former are worth 3s per bushel, the latter 3s to 3s fid, according to the Ports'., ‘ r • Cheese and Butler—There is no change to report ,m thestate of the market for this article of produce, 3d to for the former, to yd for! the lattetv Hay, I>2 ios pet ton. Auctioneers’ Reports.

Messrs H. Matson, and Go. report on the live stack market, for the week ending March 31st, 1881, as follows ; At the Addington saleyards on Wednesday last, therqwas again a large supply of. fat and «tore sheep, a fair entry of beef, with but very few store cattle on offer. Mutton represented a more .than usually large proportion of the entry and .opening sales were marked by an of‘competition, several small lines being'passed in unsold. Later on, however, the.attendance- increased, and biddings became! a little ' more' animated, most of the lines being clearedbut,’ taking the sale of fat sheep throughout, a : 'spirit of indifference was shownihylhe trade generally, and prices must be quoted slightly i iriore in favor of buyers. We sold—;Ffd crossbreds, from 10s to 14s ; merino jfs'.3d; . Store sheep are being brought to'hahd in somewhat less numbers, 2, 4, or (7-tooth lines being to a great extent, conspicuous by their absence. For such there is a strong inquiry^'and,where offered, late rates are mimbiirteip. Aged, broken mouth sheep, eithermerihosprcrossbreds, are at a discount, and saiesnierPliave great difficulty in effecting even: af a-reduction of 20 per cent, in prices. The same remarks apply to store cattle,.Which at the. present time are : almost unsaleable. In beef we. submitted a draft of prime cattle, and prices ranged from L 6 2s 6d to Lg„or anasferage of a trifle over L 8 per head. ..Beef of this quality is now getting scarce, without much, difficulty Irraffor 'the light weight and inferior cattle which make up the bulk of the sale there is little-desire to purchase, and values are very low aiM unsatisfactory! . Judging by present appearances there is every prospect of a scarcity; p( fit,Stock through the coming winter, as the count/y is very bare of pasture and the turnip crop far below the average. The totals yarded for the day. comprised 7,633 sheep, 280 head of, catffo, and 135 pigs, of which our entry indudeil sheep, Ix 7 head of cattle and 80 pigs, ..In,(qtsheep our principal sales were 30 crossbreds at iis gd, 56 at Us gd, 56 at ns Jd, Jfkrtfxcd at lbs 6d,.6r merinos at 7s, 30 crossbreeds at ns, 45 at ns, 21 at ips 6d, 300 ids 6d, 107 at 10s 6d, 40 at I2s gd, 40 at 12s 6d, 62 at.ns, 85.31 10s 6d. Stores—39?jfull mouth crossbred ewes at Bs, 3go cull iperfno dp,. at 3s, 106 mixed ewes at 6s, j6g grtpoth crossbreds at 8s lod, 250 merino eiyics-at 3s, 117 ciossbreds at 8s 3d. Fat cattle—3_at LSIOS, 4 at 1£ ss, 2 at L 8 15s, 2 at L&.* at L 8 12s 6d, 3 at LBs, 2 at L 7 15s, 4at }3~2s 6d, 2 at Lj 10s, 3 at L 5, &c. Stores nordinal. 'Dairy cows are a dull trade, and wortfrfrom ti' to Lt 10s per head less than a month since; • In pigs we sold 10 at 335, 7 345, fai 34s bd, 7at 34s 6d, 2at 545, 7 37s 6d, 7 at3ss: 6d, 7-at 355, 13 at 14s, sat 20s, 4at 5[3S- 6d, 4-at 33s- 6d, '4- at 32s 6d. Lambs from 17s and.a.few rams at from 15s to 2gs.pach. ... Countrysides—On Tuesday, at the Ashburton sale Xsrds, we .held our usual fortightly sale for the district. There was of farmers and others, but lame cwps an d wethers), sml veryluiHe farmers evidently Mfe Od account of the scarcity* wle«h 13 W i scfldSSo'merino ewes 55s 4d, i&m# Weflfefe Jgs 6d, ’t.poo do. . 53s 4d, 6co croisbttd fau»b#at;6d6d, &c., &c. In fat cattle thmnarket .was ’ hvelyy ' and 'ite Cleared 1 25 head at fully 22s fid per iob:' In steers hardly a bid could/hes obtained., : -The same remark apples ,to r flpfi?es.. Jiiffilgs we sold 49 at ’ fair ma^Mtlvalues. _ Messfs.J. T. Ford and Co. report on. the live thh JWeek edding Thurs-, litof j hoog i<j A. ' : .. ■ LiYli

day, the 31st inst., as follows At the Addington Yards on Wednesday, sheep, 280 head of cattle, #d 135 pigs, were sent forward for (fie week’s sppply. A very large proportion of the sheep were stores, conse quently good quality crossbred and merino mutton commanded much attention, and an advance from Is to is6d per head on previous week’s prices was the result of the. day’s auction. The continued dry weather is telling its tale on our pastures and turnip crops, and store sheep are scarcely in such active demand as they have been. Merino ewes are sti'l at from 4s 6d to 5s 6d each—that is for good healthy sheep, with sound mouths and early shorn. Good half-bred ewes are much enquired for, and are selling for breeding purposes from 9s to 9s 6d and 10s each. Store merino wethers are bringing from 4s qcl to Ss jd and 6s each, according to age, quality, condition, and when shorn ; wcaners arc selling at from 6s to 7s 6d each, and fat lambs from 7s fid and 8s 6d, and extra quality up to 93 fid each. Good beef is commanding more attention, and 20s per loolb can be obtained for anything like quality. Old cows, of course, are difficult to quit, and at the best of times sell at a discount. Store cattle are difficult to quit at anything like fair prices, consequent on the scarcity of feed, but those who have good straw and can carry over to the next spring, cannot do better than .invest in good lines at present prices, as they are bound to turn out very good. We sold crossbreds on account of diffeient clients at from 10s 6d to 12s 6d each, and a line of store crossbreds privately at 8s qd each. Also a line of weaners, half-breds, 1,200, at 6s 30 each, and 500 crossbred ewes at 9s each. On Tuesday, at the Ashburton, we sold l,oob merino ewes from the Valeria Station, at 6s 3d each. Also 1,000 from the Buccleuch Station at Ss 3d each. Also a line of crossdred ewes at 7s 3d each, and long-wooled rams at Lz 2s each,

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 308, 1 April 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 308, 1 April 1881

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