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Ashburton Retail List. . Butter, inferior to best, I? lb, 9‘l to Is > $ dozen, is 3d ; cheese, prime quality, $ lb, Ad to 6d : bacon, piime smoked, p lb, is; hams, in cloth, 1? lb, is to is 2d ; flour, m bags, $ loolb, I2s ; oatmeal. V 251!', 4s; lard, I? It', ?d. tie Christchurch .Com Exchange.

The following is the report for the week ending Friday, the 15th of April There is no change to report in the state of the market during the past week. The scarcity of tonnage is still keenly felt, and to a very considerable extent retards business. The weather, within the last few days has been most 1 propitious, and the fears which were entertained of the country suffering from drought are now completely dispelled by the genial and copious rains which have been general throughout the district. The great bulk of the wheat crop has now been threshed out and delivered. The recent arrivals of ships to load grain for Great Britain, and others daily expected, will soon clear the sheds, and thus tend to make business brisker. Wheat.—Fine samples of Tuscan in large lines are still the parcels most sought after by shippers, and for these the top prices of the market are obtainable, viz., 35 9d, 3? 9/4d, and 3s lod per bushel, free on board in Lyttelton. Velvet chaff and pearl in suitable shipping lines are also saleable at from . 3s yd to 3s 8d per bushel, f.0.b.; Hunter’s whi'e, 3s 6d 103 s 6'Ad per bushel. Lines of wheat of a quality not equal to the foregoing, but still suitable for shipment, 2d to 3d under these quotations. Chick wheat ranges from is 9 1 to 2S gd per bushel, according to quality. Oats.—The upward tendency of the market, which was indicated by the rather bare supply, is still well maintained ; any parcels coming to hand meet with ready purchasers. Good bright milling samples fro n is gd to is lod per bushel; feed quality, is yd to is Bd. The tone of the market is firm, but consumers are not inclined to advance on these quotations, the well known large quantity of feed barley acting as a check. Harley.—Considerable quantities of this cereal continue to come forward, but the quality as a rule being inferior, does not meet with much attention from brewers and malsters. Medium to good malting may be quoted from 2S 3d to 3s 3d per bushel, the demand sluggish, and sales difficult to effect; feed parcels are rather more saleable, at from Is 6d to is gd per bushel. Grass seel.—The demand continues good, with the market barely supplied. Well cleaned farmers’ parcels have realised from 3s 6d to 4 s 6d per bushel; indifferently cleaned, according to sample. Potatoes. —Business in the tuber has been rather brisker during the past week. Sales have taken place at 35s per ton for. immediate, and 40s for forward delivery, sacks extra. Cheese and butter. —The former is exceedingly unsaleable, 3d to 3 A ( \ being the nominal quotations. The latter is more saleable, at yd to delivered in Christchurch.

Auctioneers’ Reports. . Messrs H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, for the week ending April 14th, 1881, as follows : At the. Addington sale yards on Wednesday last the supply of fat sheep was somewhat below the average, and for all classes of mutton prices were firm throughout the sale. In Some-cases values were 6d to pd per head better both in crossbred and merinos than last week. On account of different owners, we sold Crossbred wethers at from 1?.3 6d to 13s pd ; mixed lines, los fid to 12s ; ewes to ros <jd. : " A choice lot of merino wethers realised 10s 3d to lis 6d ; medium do. Ss to pd ; thus showing the difference in the demand and price obtainable for medium class merino mutton and sheep that have been properly finished out. Young store sheep in fresh condition are unchanged in.value, with very few coming to Hand, and anything like a decent line of two or four-tooth crossbred ewes or wethers are worth from 95 to 10s per head. Aged low conditioned merinos are now very little sought after, and the declining values that have been ruling for some weeks past have now nearly Stopped suppUes. The recent rain, although coming late, has wonderfully freshened our pastures, and if fro-t does not set in too quickly should maintain, if not improve, the price of store stock generally. In beef the iihprovemenf noted last week was maintained this, and prices are much more in favor of owners. From the various districts we hear that the number of fat cattle on hand are rapidly being absorbed,, and values, as paid last Wednesday, show an advance of 10s to 2is per head over rates ruling a month or five Weeks since. Store cattle made a very small entry, and trade is unaltered. In pigs there is •a considerable collapse in price, especially in porkers and stores, some of which show a decline of fully 30 per cent within the past six weeks. The totals yarded for the day comprised 6,163 sheep, 258 head of cattle, and 98 -pigs, of which' our entry included 2,567 sheep, 92 head of cattle, and 42 pigs. In fat sheep we sold, on account of Mr John Grigg, 378 crossbreds at 11s pd to 12s, ‘ 102 at 10s 4d, 95 merino weathers at 83 6d ; for other owners, 109 mixed crossbreds at 13s 3d, 70 at 13s 3d, 58 at 12s 6d, 30 at 13s, 40 at Its, 35 at 12s, 40 at 12s 6d, 35 at ns lod, 125 at Its, 35 two-tooth crossbreds at 93, 242 ■ crossbred ewes at ros, 60 at ros 3d, 40 at los, 85 at ids 3d, 40 at ios'3d, 30 at ios4d, 105 at los" 36, 50 merino weathers at 11s 6d, 50 at zos4)d, looat los 3d, 150 lambs at 6s lod. 26 at 8s 6d, 28 at 7s 6d, 20 at 9s, 70 at 6s gd, 30 at 9s 3d 61 at 9s 3d. Fat Cattle — 2 at L 7 ios, 3 at L 7 I2s6d, 2at L 6 15s, 3 at Ls 17s 6d, 2 at L 6, 2 at JL.7,,2 at L77S 6d, 2 at L 6 15s, 3 at L 6 Ivs 6d, 2at L 6 15. Stores—B at L2 13s, 4 at L. 3, 3 at I 3 2s 6d, Ss at L2 10s, &c. Messrs Robert Wilkin and Co. report—At thed Addington Yards on Wednesday, 6160 sheep and 258 head of cattle were yarded. Qwing to the limited supply of fat sheep competition for this description was keen throughput. jlhe sale,- and the various lots changed hands at prices a. shade in advance of last week’s- ratp, while stores sold at late rates. _ There was a large supply of fof cattle, but the quality consisted of medium and inferior £brts. Tor which description there was a dull sale, and in stores there was little or ; nothing doing. We sold medium quality cfossbrcd ; ewes and wethers at 9s and 9s 3d eafch ; j»tore. jaiubs, at 6s ; full-mouthed crossbred,atOTq«wes,.at 8s 6d ; best, steers, at L 8 ; mediuna ■ ’At Tinwaur sale on Tuesday, we sold ewes at 15s; medium do at 933 d ; fat mcripo ewes and wethers (mixed), at -- 7s 3d j alhfedf cross-bred store ewes, at 8s each; - full-moirtbed merino ewes, at 4s 3d ; brokenmoutbeddo, ataspd; fat bullocks, at L 7 2s 6d; a , line of eighteen old steers and heuers,.st L2 7s 6d. ' ;'“ '' '

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 320, 16 April 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 320, 16 April 1881

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