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Ashburton Retail ListButter, inferior to best, per lb, qd to is ; eggs, per dozen, is fid ; cheese, prime quality, per lb, 4-d to 6d ; bacon, prime smoked, per lb, is; hams, in cl*th. per lb, is to is 2d ; flour, in bags, per loolbs, I2s; oatmeal, per 25lbs, 4s; laid, per lb, yd.

The Christchurch Com ExchangeThe following is the report for the week ending Friday, the 29th of April : The state of the grain market during the past week is precisely the same as its predecessor, and no cirumstance has arisen which calls for any special remark. Tonnage is nice accessible, but rates are unaltered. The weather continues dry, and on the whole favorable, but rain would be acceptable. Wheat. —Tuscan wheat of good quality, in good shipping lines, is free of sale at from 3 s 8d to 3s lod, f.o.b. in Lyllelton. Pearl and velvet chaff, in similar suitable lines, 3s yd to 3s Sd per bushel, f.o.b. Hunter’s white, 3s 6d to 3s yd per bushel, f.o.b. in Lyttelton; seconds range from is qd to 2s 6d per bushel. Oats. —Bright milling samples are free of sale at from is qd to is lod per bushel; feed quality, is yd to is Sd; inferior feed samples 2d per bushel under these quotations. The tone of the market is firm, with the demand rather in excess of the supply. Barley.—The samples coming to hand are, as a rule, very inferior, and for this class (be market is heavy and sales difficult to effect. The price ranges from 2s to 2S 4d per bushel. First-class malting is in demand, and saleable at from 2s 6d to 3s 6d per bushel, and some parcels of extra fine quality new offering are seeking buyers at 3d at 3d per bushel over the highest quotation. Grass Seed. The demand has certainly abated, but prices are in no way affected ; holders are firm in the'r demands, and it is anticipated that prices will rule yet higher. Well cleaned farmers’ parcels are saleable at from 4s 6d to 5s per bushul; indifferently cleaned vary so much (hat each parcel has Is distinctive value. Potatoes.—The market during the week has been decidedly weake r , and sales have taken place at quite 2s fid under the previous week. Prices may be quoted at 32s fid to 35s per ton at country stations within a radius of from seven to eight miles of Christchurch, 36s to 37s fid per ton, delivered in Christchurch. Cheese and Butter. —The tone of the market has not altered during the week, and the quotations are the same, 3d to 2 1 /s for the former, yd to for the latter. Hay.—L2 15s per ton, delivered in Christchurch,

Auctioneers’ Report. Messrs H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, for the week ending April zSth, 1881, as follows : For yesterday’s sale a smaller supply of sheep were penned than at any previous market during the past twelve months. The few on offer were mostly butchers’ sheep, and, as might be expected, realised fictitiously high prices—in fact, is per head more was paid upon an average throughout the sale than at any market this season. We sold a splendid line of wethers at 16s 6d, mixed crossbreds at 15s 3d, and the bulk of the balance of our entry in crossbreds at from 13s 6d to 14s 6d. A few lines oflight weights changed owners at from 12s to 13s, the Longbeach merinos 9s 6d, and other lines at prouortionate rates. Of store sheep there were very few to hand, the chief sales made being in lambs, which sold np to 8s 6d. Young crossbred stores are remarkably scarce, and it is by mere chance that anything like a decent line can be procured. The fat cattle market on Wednesday presented a larger supply than for several weeks past, including lines of specially prime quality. For the latter there was a fair demand at slightly easier rates, the [same remarks as to prices applying more strongly to the lighter weights and inferior quality. The best steers sold at from Ly to L 8 103; inferior and second rate, L 5 10s to L 6 10s. In store cattle there was a small entry, and the presence of a few outside buyers gave a little more briskness to biddings than has been noticed of late. The totals yarded for the day comprised 3,064 sheep, 389 head of cattle, and 245 pigs. Of these our entry included 1,870 sheep, 307 head of cattle, and 74 pigs. In sheep the principal Sales were—l3o cossbred wethers, at 16s 6d; 64 mixed, at 14s 3d; 46 at 13s, 50 at 13s, 120 at 13s, 35 at r 3 s 9<* 53° at 123 6d, 60 at 12s 3d; 100 merino wethers at 93 6d, 358 do. at 9s 6d, 73 crossbreds at 14s 6d, 32 at 13s 6d, 76 at 14s, 40 at 15s 3d, 25 at 15s. Stores— 40 cull crossbreds at Bs, 93 old merino ewes at 2s yd, 185 lambs at 8s 96, 30 at 5s gd, 40 at 7s 3d, 125 merino ewes at Ss gd, 55 do. at 2s iod. Fat Cattle— 3 at L 7 10s, 3 at L 6 15s, 4at L 7 2s 6d, 5 at L 6 17s 6d, 3 at L 5 10s, 3 at L 7,2 at L 6 Ss, 2 at Ly 17s 6d, 3 at Ls 10s, 3 at L 7, 2 at L 6 tjs, 2 at L 6 17s 6d, 4 at £4 15s, 4at Ls 10s, 4at LS 7s 6d, 4at L 7, 4 at L 6 17s 6d. Stores—46 head mixed ages and sexes at L2 15s, 15 yearlings at Li ids, 12 at L2 17s 6d, 3 at L 3, 11 at Li 4s- In pigs there was a large entry, and, as curing operations are now commencing, prices for the heavier weights were a little better. Amongst others we sold 11 stores at 14s 6d, 6 at 18s, 7 at 32, 9 at 20s, n porkers at 30s, 8 bacon pigs at 455, 8 at 40s, 5 at 34s 6d, &c. Country Sales.—At the Ashburton Saleyards we held our usual fortnightly sale of live stock, &c., for the district. There was a large attendance of farmers and others, and we quitted every line we had to offer, with the exception of seven head of cattle and one horse, at satisfactory values to the vendors. In sheep we sold 130 at ns gd, 126 at 12s, 100 at 10s I id, 184 at 3s yd, 80 at 13s 3d, 69 at lis 6d ; 674 merino wethers at 4s gd; 850 merino ewes at 4s 6d; 850 merino ewes at ss, &c. In cattle we sold 12 at L 8 ss, 7 at Ly, 3 at L 3 ns, &c. In pigs we cleared 50 at prices from 16s 6d to 45s each.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 331, 29 April 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 331, 29 April 1881

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