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Ashburton Retail List. Butter, inferior to best, per lb, gd to is ; eggs, per dozen, 2S ; 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 ajibs, 4s; lard, per lb, yd. The Christchurch Com ExchangeThe following is the report for the week ending Friday, the 13th of May ; The market during the week has exhibited HO new features, and values remain unchanged. Large quantities of grain from Lyttelton ore now afloat, for the United Kingdom. The weather during the week has been exceedingly fivo'rattle' for fanning operations. Wheat. — The firm tone-of the market which has been visible lately is still upheld, as the farmers are beginning to enquire for seed. Fine samples of all descriptions of wheat will command from 4s to 4s 3d; shipping lines of good Tuscan, 3s gd to 3s lod, f.0.b.; velvet chaff and pearl, in good lines, 3s yd to 3s 8d f.0.b.; Hunter’s white, 3s fid to 3s, f.0.b.; seconds, from Is fid to 2s fid per bushel. Oats. —Shippers are in the market for good bright milling samples, and there is a nuotable advance on last week’s prices for the foregoing—is iodtq2s is obtainable, f.0.b.; feed samples are also in good request, and range from is'Sd to is gd per bushel. Barley-—The market has not shown much

alteration; the' large stocks held by the Consumers being the principal bar to business being done in this cereal. The samples coming to hand continue to be of very indifferent quality, and almost completely neglected. Brices nominal; really good to first-class malting- ranges from 2s fid to 3s fid per bushel; feed,.quality, is lod to 2sper bushel. Grass Seed.—A few small orders continue to qpme forward. Holders are indifferent as to effecting sales at present, anticipating that higher rates will rule in spring. Last week’s quotations are, however, unaltered ; well cleaned farmers’ samples rule from 4s fid to Ss per bushel; badly: cleaned, according to sample. Potatoes.—The market has undergone some fluctuations during the week, and both growers and buyers appear undecided as to what course tq, pursue. - Meantime orders are coming to hand,, but prices - are a shade weaker, and quotations are from 31s fid to 34s ; at country stations, sacks extra. Cheese and Butter. — 3d to3l£d for the former; yd to y)£d for the Sitter. Hay.—Lz 10s to L2 15s per ton, elivered in Christchurch. : Auctioneers’ Reports. -Messrs H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market &c.,for the week ending Thursday, May 12th, IBBi, as follows :—For yesterday’s weekly sale, at Addington, there was a larger supply of sheep than on the previous week, a large proportion being stores, whilst the bulk of the mutton was of indifferent quality. The attendance comprised the usual representatives of the trade, several country buyers being also present for store sheep. The comparatively snUllsupply of prime mutton on offer commanded high prices and a brisk competition, last week’s rates being in most instances fully maintained, but inferior classes were scarcely in such.good demand, and values ruled more in, favor of buyers. Prime crossbred wetheis account ’ Messrs Lovegrove. Miln, Coe and Dudley brought 13s gd to 15s gd. Medium weightsacccuntother owners, 123 to 13s fid; merino wethers sold up to 12s. Fresh conditioned store merino ewes, with sound mouths, are worlhlfis to ys ; strong full mouth merino wethers, 5s fid to 6s; crossbred lambs, for bolding over, 6s fid to Ss fid. The fat cattle market of last Wednesday was simply a farce. More than half the entry bad been disposed of privately prior to the auction, and for the remainder competition was dull, and prices considerably lower than last week. The best steers sold’ at from Ly 10s to L 8 10s ; heifers and light weights, Lsssto L 6 10s. Of store cattle there are now very few on offer, and prices remain unchanged. The entry of pigs was by far the largest of the season, threefourths of the number being either prime quality porkers or bacon hogs. A clearance was made of every lot, but prices have fallen IO to 15 per cent.' within the past month. The Jotals . yarded for the day comprised—y,iß3 sheep, 284 head of cattle, and 3yfi pigs, of Which-our entry included 2,213 sheep, 112 head of cattle, and 236 pigs. In sheep, our principal sales were—s 3 fat crossbreds at 15s fid,. 50 at 13s 9d,5y at 15s fid, 108 at 13s gd. 60 at I2s ( fid> S3‘at 14s 3d, 50 at 14s, 40 at 14s fid, 41 at 13s fid ; stores, 118 mixed crossbreds at 9s, 130 at ios, 6o at gs gd, 2SI at 10s gd to Ila fid, 69 merino ewes at 6s gd, 56 crossbreds at gs, 60 merino ewes at 6s, 134 cull do at 3s fid, 70 lambs at ys 3d, 78 mixed crossbreds at 8s fid, 164 hoggefts at 6s gd, 276 merino ewes at 4s 6dj 126 mixed crossbreds and merinos at 6s gd. Fat, cattle, 3 at LB, 4 at Ly, 2 at Ly, -2 at L 5 12s fid, 5 at L$ ids j stores, ! 4 at Ls, 3at Ls ss, 2at Lj I os, 3 at L 4, 5 weaners at Li ss, and a few springers and dairy, cows at from L 5 to L 8 IQs ; scrubbers, Li 10s upwards. Fat pigs, 7-at 25s fid; 4at 265, Sat 403, gat 355, 7at 295, 6 at 40s, $ at 445; 6 at 31s, '7 at 355, 10 at 32s fid, 35 at 38s, 4 at 44s fid, 14 at 30?, 10 at.4ss, 10 at 435, 8 at 31s, 12 at 34s fid; stotesj, 9' at ‘l2s fid, 7 at 18s, 6 at 225, 10 at 235, 4 at 225, 21 at 235, &c. Canterbury Horse Market,—The horse trade generally is still very quiet, and except fori the belter class of light horses there is no improvement to report. For our last Saturday’s sale iwe submitted no horses of various descriptions, comprising a fair proportion of plough and farm horses, a few well-bred hacks, the balance unbroken colts, weedy hacks, &c. The yard was well filled during the day, and a large, number of the better class of light horses were placed at current rates. We also succeeded ‘ih disposing , of the bulk of the unbroken stock and some of the heavy horses, but prices as now ruling for the latter are very unsatisfactory, and the greatest difficulty is experienced in - doing business at all. As special entries we .sold a pair of buggy horses for 30 guineas.;, horse, buggy, and harness for, L4l j, plough horses, Ll 4 to L 25 ; hacks, up to Lao. Country Sales. : -At Ashburton, on Tuesday, we Held’ bur usual fortnightly sale for the district, in the Tinwald saleyards. There was a very large entry of sheep, principally merino ewes. There . Was a large attendance of fannets and others,' and in every instance the biddings were keen, resulting in nearly everything entered being sold at satisfactory prices. We sold 28 crossbreds at 14s fid, 29 at 15s 3d, 35- it IDs,. 35 at ns 3d; 317 merino wethers, 4s ,: 279, merino ewes, 2s9d; 281 ewes, 4s ; 256 merino wethers, 8s fid; 500 merino ewes at 4s Sd, 400 at 4s gd, 266 merino ewes, 6s fid; 200 do, >Js fid, &c. In cattle, we sold 5 heifers at L 6 10s, 8 at Ly 12 fid 4 at L 6 12s fid, lat Lfi as fid, &c. In pigs, we sold 30 at 2 is, 12 at 39s fid.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 343, 13 May 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 343, 13 May 1881

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