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Ashburton Retail List. Butter, inferior to best, per lb, gd to is ; eggs, per dozen, is 3d ; cheese, prime quality, per lb, 4d to 6d ; bacon, prime smoked, per lb. Is; hams, in cloth, per lb, is to Is 2d; flour, in bags, per icolbs, 12s; oatmeal, per 25lbs, 4s; lard, per lb, yd. The Christchurch Corn Exchange.

' The following is the report for the week ending Friday, the 27th of April ; The Easter holidays, in which is comprised the Autumn Race Meeting, has so completely absorbed public attention, that business in the grain trade has been exceedingly quiet. Values in all classes of grain are unchanged. The tonnage now on the berth loading grain for the United Kingdom is rapidly relieving the stocks held by the rail.vay au'horitks, and ere long the block w ill be completely removed. Wheat —There is no change to report in values. Tuscan wheat, in large lines, continues to be the favorite parcels with shippers, 3s gd to 3s lod per bushel being the prices obtainable free on board in Lyttelton. Velvet chaff and pearl of really first-class quality, also in large lines, will command 3s yd to per bushel, f.o.b. Wheats of a grade below the before mentioned, 2d to 3d per bushel less. Chick wheat varies a good deal in quality, and ranges from is gd to 2s gd per bushel. Oats. —The market has been rather better supplied during the oast week, bin prices arc in no way altered, and the tone of the market is decidedly firm. Good stout milling samples are readily saleable at from is gd to is lod per bushel ; feed quality, is yd to is Sd per bushel. Barley.—There is no alteration to note in the value of this cereal. There is perhaps a better inquiry for lines of really good malting, prices, however, are unchanged. For this quality, 2s 6d to 3s fid per bushel is obtainable; inferior malting samples are very unsaleable, prices nominal. Feed barley is coming into requisition at from is fid to is gd per bushel. Grass Seed.—The demand is not so brisk as in preceding weeks, and’parcels coming to lunl arc not so eagerly sought after. Iloldeis, however, have in no way abated their demands. Well cleaned farmers parcels are siill saleable at from 3 s 6d to 4 s 5d per bushel ; indifferently cleaned, acccording to sample. Potatoes. —Growers appear disinclined to do business at the money offered, while buyers are equally opposed to make any material advance. Sales have taken place at from 35s to 36s at country stations within a radius of from 7 to 8 miles of Christchurch ; 40s per ton has been given where the potatoes have to be pitted, and delivery taken when required. Cheese and Batter. —There is no alteration in values during the week ; the former is in plentiful supply, at from 3d to ter is more free of sale at from yd to 7)44. Hay.—sos to 55s per ton, delivered in Christ, church.

Auctioneers’ Report. Messrs H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, for the week ending April 21st, xBBx, as follows : For yesterday’s weekly market at the Addington yards, a fair supply of mutton was penned, just sufficient for trade requirements and (after the first few lines) to maintain a good demand and clearance throughout the sale.. There was a large attendance, and though bidding at the commencement of the auction was somewhat dull, this soon gave way, and taking the average of the day’s prices for fat sheep we consider values 6d to gd pethead better than last week. Mr Hurst’s crossbreds brought as high as 14s 6d; merino wethers from the Rokeby Station, 10s yd to xosgd. On account of other owners, we also sold both crossbred and merino sheep equal to the above quotations. Taken as a whole, the sale of fat. sheep was a most satisfactory one. At the present time there is an especially good demand for prims merino mutton, as will be seen by the above prices, but this only refers to the best quality. In the supply of store sheep there is a marked falling off, but values are unclianged. .Two, four, and six-tooth crossbreds for turnip feeding are in strong request at from 8s to 9s, if in very fresh condition, to 10s. Aged merinos are dull of sale, but young sheep of this class are very scarce, and would if on offer command high prices. The improvement noted in the beef trade for several weeks past has caused a temporary filling of the market, and yesterday the supply was considerably increased. This of course checked to a certain extent the late rising values, and prices were easier than last week ; still the bulk of the large entry was cleared at values much more satisfactory than those ruling for he average of the past six months. In store cattle there is no alteration to quote, with very coming to hand. During the winter months we expect to see trade very slack for this class of’ stock, excepting perhaps for good lines of two or three-year-olds in fresh condition, which merely want a little “topping up ” for butchers’ purposes. The totals yarded for Wednesday’s sale comprised 7,879 sheep, 397 head of cattle, and 325 pigs, of which our entry included 3,455 sheep, 20S head of cattle, and 42 pigs. In fat sheep our principal sales were—s° mixed crossbreds at 14s 6d, 120 at X 43 2d, 30 at 14s 3d, 50 at 14s, 120 at 14s, 43s at 14s, 50 at 135 6d, no at 12, 9d, 81 .merino wethers at 10s gd, ico at 10s 9d, 35 at xos Bd,. 68 at xos 7d, 100 at 8s gd, 138 two-tdoth crossbreds at xxs, 40 at 12s 3d, 63 at lis gd, 68 at 14s; stores—loo crossbred at 93 6d, 367 merino ewes at 3s lod, 188 crossbred ewes at 8s 6d, 130 merino wethers at 4s 6d, 103 at 3s gd, 200 merino wethers at 7s gd, 104 crossbreds at 8s gd, 50 at 6s gd ; lambs, to 6s 6d. Fat cattle, 4at 1.8, 4at L 7, 3at L 6 17s 6d, 3 at L 7 is 6d, 2 at L 7 12s 6d, 2 at L 7 xos, 3 at L 6 15s, 4at L 6 10s, 2 at L 7 ss. 4at L 5 ss, 9 at 1.5 15s, 2 at L 7 2s 6d, 3 at L 5 10s, 12 at L 6 10s ; stores—l2 weaners at 265, 11 head mixed cattle at 1.2 gs 6d, 4atL3 2s 6d. Pigs—ll at 14s 6d, 12 at 15s 6d, 6 at 50s, 6 at 435, 5 at 15 s. Sale of Dairy Stock—On Saturday last we held our usual weekly sale of dairy stock at the Tattersall’s yards. About 20 head were penned, and half the number sold at from L 3 to Lx 1 10?. For really good dairy stock there is considerable enquiry, and anything like a sound, promising milker is worth from L 8 to Ll2. , Country Sales.—On last Thursday at Halket we held a highly successful clearing sale for Mr Lewis Curtis, of land, household furniture, stock, farming implements, etc. We disposed of the farm, containing 200 acres, to Mr S. C. Moule, at 1.7 per acre cash. 214 lambs brought 7s xod ; 35 ewes, 13s 3d ; 74 lambs, 8s ; 26 ewes, 8s gd ; two-year-old colt, Ll 7 ; two-year-old filly, Dl7 xos ; draught horses, LlB to L 25 ; cows, L 4 10s to L 7 1 os; drays, L 8 to Lxß xos; ploughs, harrows, harness, and sundries at equally satisfactory prices.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 325, 22 April 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 325, 22 April 1881

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