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' ■ Ashburton Guardian Office. ! ' Friday afternoon. . The: demand for grain still keeps fairly good, though prices have not fadvanced. Large quantities are still coming forward from country.stations, but the bulk is now in store, read£?for shipment. At Lyttelton a great is now awaiting tonnage, and as soon a&4Msa*.'available a, clearance will be made. here,for good milling wheat are from 3s 3d to 3s gd per bushel, and inferior sorts can be bbtained at about 3s. Good seed wheat is in fair demand, but only the best quality, is 3s qd, 4 s 44 and ss, and extremely good samples of Tuscan are to be had, at a shade over the latter figure. Barley ia moving off now fairly well, but only one Christchurch ; firm is doing much in this cereal, 'the price remains the same as formerly, but some improvement in value is lobked forward'to. Oats are offering in considerable quantities, and prices rule from is 4d tb-IS qd per bushel in Ashburton. Grass seed iydn good demand, bat only good bright and clean samples are saleable at from 4 s 6d to 4s qd. Potatoes are now selling well at about 35s to 40s;per ton. The weather has been all that could be desired for farming operations during the past week, and ploughing has been pushed on vigorously.

k i \ Ashburton Retail List. Butter, inferior to best, per lb, 9d to is; eggs, 1 per dozen, 2s ; cheese, prime quality, per lb, 4d to 6d ; bacon, prime smoked, per lb,'isi hams, in cloth, per lb, is to is 2d; fidur, in bags, per loolbs, 12s; oatmeal, per 2Slbs, 4s; lard, per lb, yd. . '-j Auctioneers’ Reports. ' Messrs H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market &c., for the week ending Thursday, May iqth, 1881, as follows For yesterday’s sale at Addington, there was but a small supply of stock. Sheep made scarcely an average entry, whilst in fat and store cattle (the latter especially), there was a considerable falling off. In sheep there was a larger proportion of stores than for several weeks past, thus leaving the quantity available for butchers’ purposes somewhat below requirements. The day’s sale was noticeable as presenting a few lines of grand quality mutton ; several pens of wethers sent to hand by Mr C. T. Dudley topping the market for the season at 21s. We also placed Various lines of crossbreds at frbm 14s to 16s fid per head, merino wethers to us fid. Taking the day’s prices for fat sheep, they were exorbitantly high, and fully equal to any market of the year, The trade in store sheep has undergone but little change, excepting that old ewes are not quite so sluggish in demand, and the few young crossbreds suitable for turnip feeding that find their way into the market, command higher rates than hitherto. The fat cattle-sale, partly owing to the indifferent quality on ofler, was any riling but brisk, and the past month’s rates were barely maintained. Throughout the auction there was an absence of competition, and it was with great difficulty that sales were effected. Of the few stores submitted there is no change to report; prices arclow, and will probably continue so for another two months. The pig market was again glutted, but as.the various curing establishments were represented at the sale all lots were sold, though at prices still more in favor of buyeis The totals yarded for the day comprised 5,300 sheep, 320 head of cattle, and 403 pigs, of which our entry included 2,404 sheep, 146 head of cattle, and 184 pigs. In sheep our principal sales were:—s2 crossbreds at 21s, 86 at 13s 3d, 68 at 15s, 146 at 13s 3d, 175 merino wethers at ns to ns fid, 40 at ns, 90 crossbreds at 16s 3d, 52 at 16s 3d, 86 at 16s 3d, 68 at 133 3d, 45 at 14s 6d, 95 at 14s, 41 at 14s 3d, 160 at 14s 6d, 163 crossbred ewes at 165 6d, 40 at 13s qd, 100 at 13s 3d, 282 cull merino eyves at 3s nd, 37 crossbreds at 8s 6d, 93 merino ewes at 4s, 92 at 4s 3d, 60 at 3s 6d, 56 crossbreds at 7 s 9d- Fat cattle—3 ’ a t L 6 10s, 4at Lfi’ 10s, 3 at L 6 7s 6d, 2 at L 6 15s, 3 at L 5 15s; 12 at L 5 ros, $ at L 5 7s 6d, 2 at L 6 i7s6d,- 3 atLfi ss, 7 light weights at LS, 4 at Lfi' ios ; Stores nominal. Pigs—6 at 355, 14 at 355, 5 at 43s 6d, 9 at 345, 7 at 42s 6d, 6 at (porkers) at 15s, sat 455, 9at 325, n at 34, nat 30s, ioat32s6d, 10 at 335, 12 at 30s, 3 at 455, and several lines of porkers at from 15s t 0,25.8.,25.8. ‘

Iho Ohristchurch. Com Exchange. The 'following is the report for the week ending Friday, the 20th of May : There ismo quotable alteration to record in thwwlae-of.cereals. Business on the whole has been exceedingly quiet during the weqk. The shipment or gram from Lvttelton continqes without abatement, and there are still latfge’ tprantides on hand. The weather has been all that'-could , be desired for farming Notwithstanding recent advices from Home, indicating a fall in prices, tbhAddaltnafket is dim. Tuscan in large lines continues to be (sopght after, and will commjys 3v9d tp 3s iocl, f.0.b., where the sample is of exceptionally good quality, dean seed, ,43,t0 4s 3d per bushel is obtainable, Velvet .chaff and pearl, 35 yd to 3s SdV'nammrii' while, 3s Sd to 3s fid per bushel | the seed wheats range from 3s gd to 4s fakir .btisnel seconds from is fid to 2s fid per bushel.—^OatsThere is still a good inquiry', and holders are firttf ip their demands. Good bright milling qualithis are saleable at from is rod to 2s, f.0.b.; feed samples, is yd to ifendSd,;. inferior feed samples, 2d per bgsfael ..pnder.the lowest, quotations. — Buley : , A few transactions continue to take pkjCe, but the market is’extremely heavy, and sales are'difficultly effect. Exceptionally good malting samples' are) however, readily saleable acMrtn "3s to '3s fid f 'medium, 2s 3d to 2s 9<|i feed quality, is -gd to 2s per bushel.— The-market is still in very unsWtfed condition) and buyers appear chary of investing in the tuber! A few orders, however, an&iUdog their, appearance on the scene, and tUft will.doubtless reinspire confidence. It is < give.C?tact quptations in the present Sof things, , aqd. - some small sales have iplape under what some buyers are prem>lve : last'-week’s quotations maybe tad, ' v\z*f dd.> 34s at country extML —Ofask Seed : There is 2tam& tri’hbteih the state of the market, jMriiel being the figure for really wP'SmnM^fenfiers'' samples; indifferently riWl#dia£i td't Cocksfoot! ■ Tfcorodwp wyktecided advance in quotations dwingJriie past ; fdrinight. Holders are now asking from ;lb.f. .orders are coming to Jwfth .the, market rather bare.—Chpespand,'Bqtter : The former is still hcav y at

3d to 3>6d. The latter is saleable at from to 8d per lb.—Hay: L2 10s to L2 15s per ton, delivered in: Christchurch.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 349, 20 May 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 349, 20 May 1881

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