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Ashburton Guardian Office. Friday Evening. We have to report a much steadier business in all kinds of produce during the past week. Prices have in no way receded, and a fair demand exists for wheat and oats. Owing to a rise in the Melbourne market, the latter cereal has been eagerly enquired for, but only very good samples meet with anything like a good figure. Large quantities of grain still keep coming in from the country districts, and as soon as storage is available it seems to be quickly taken advantage of. In Port Ly' telton large qnant’ties of grain of all kinds await shipment, and in all probability lh ; s will soon be forthcoming. Good clean samples of seed wheat meet with ready sale at remunerative prices, and several of our merchants here have some excellent samples on band. An increased demand for good samples of barley has caused holders to refrain from selling at present, as they anticipate a rise shortly. Ploughing operations are being pushed on vigorously throughout the country, and this splendid weather has been the means of making all kinds of feed very plentiful. Ashburton Retail List. • Butter, inferior to best, per lb, qd to is; eggs, per dozen, is qd ; cheese, prime quality, per lb, 4d to fid ; bacon, prime smoked, per lb, is; hams, in cloth, per lb, is to is 2d ; flour, in bags, per loolbs, 12s; oatmeal, per 25lbs, 4s ; lard, per lb, yd.

Auctioneers’ Reports. Mr K. F. Gray reports for month ended 31st May, as. fol'ows : —Business during the month has been fairly brisk, all kinds of slock having- an upward tendency, owing no doubt to the continuance of fine wealhsr, and feed being abundant. At Winchester Fair on Wednesday, 4th May, there was a large attendance, and every lot entered was disposed of at thefcllowing prices:—Bs fat sheep, 1 is fid; 185 fat; ewes, lis fid; 15 yearling calves, L2; $ cows, 235; 13 pigs, 16s. On May 7th, on account of:Mr Miller, he sold a lot of dairy cows at prices ranging from L2 10s to L 6 10s ; pigs, 17$ fid to 35s 1 fowls, etc., fetching fair prices. On-Wednesday, May nth, he held his usual fortnightly sale of stock at bis.yards when a good supply of cattle were yarded with a total absence of sheep. Thcfo! lowing prices were realised :—Fat caffle from L/.-ips to Lq. Beef he quotes at 22s fid per loolbs. $ steers, L 6; I coW and calf, L$ ; 1 bull, L 3 ; 4 heifers, JL+Js; 3 do, Lz 15s ; 3 cows at from L 3 to LS ms; 5 fat pgs, L2 ss; 3 do. L2; 8 weaners, 13s fid ; 1 fat sow, 355; 12 bacon pigs, 255. Horses—l mare, aged, L$ ; 1 unbroken coll, Ll 4 16s; 1 yearling fil'y, L 7 ; l Bay mare, Lq. On May 16th he held a sale of furniture, etc., < which was well attended, and prices obtained were very satisfactory to owners. Ob May iqth, on account of the trustees in W. Robinson’s estate, he held a sale of blacksmith’s tools and stock, which was well attended, - all lols were cleared, and good prices were obtained. On May 25th, at his usual fortnightly sale of stock at his yards, there was a fair attendance of buyers, but owing to several other large sales taking place on the same day, there was very liitle stock yarded. Fat cattle were in good demand, '2 steers fetching L? ios; 1 doi, L? ; 2 do., LS 10s; 13 do., L 6 2s‘fid; 2 stores, L 4; 4 do., L 3 17s fid; I do), L2 Bs. He has also sold privacy during the month 680 lambs 6s; 20b fat sheep, 13s fid; 600 cross-bred wethers, ifis fid. Property—He has ■ sold privately and by auction during the past month, on behalf of Mr* Powell, s^-acre section and lean-to in Tetenka, at LBS; also Mr Robinson's house and two sections at L 141; also 2 sections in Andrewviffe township, at LiS each. Produce —He quotes potatoes at L2 15s to L 3 per ton; feed oats, is yd to is qd, according to sample; seed, Canadians, from is lodto 2s id; wheat, 3s Sd to 3sqd; flour, bran, sharps, etc., at former quotations.

Messrs H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock &c.,' for the week ending Thursday, June 2nd, 1881, as follows: Yesterday’s sale at Addington presented the the largest supply of sheep penned at these yards for several months past. The increase was most marked in stores, of which there was a fair entry, and, taking prices all round for the last men ; ioned, there was a slight improvement on late ruling rates. The demand was good, and all lots were sold. Amongst others we placed a line of i.ocd very medium longwoo’ed hoggets at 9s, and about 400 shorn h oggets at the same price. In mutton there was just sufficient for trade requirements without glutting the market, competition, after the first few lines, being well maintained throughout. The quality, taken as a whole, was scarcely good as last week, but to the greater part ofttbe entry no exception could be taken. For the best lines of crossbreds prices ruled from 15s 6d40 21s; medium weight lots 13s to 14s 6d. or a shade lower than last week’s quotations. The tat cattle sale was noi eworthy as presenting' an average supply of the most inferior quality beef we have seen penned this season; in fact, a great deal of what had to be accepted yesterday as beef was really Hide better than fresh-conditioned store cattle. The cause of this, is evident —the scarcity of autumn feed is telling its tale, and for some time to come|good beef will be the exception, and not the rule. Judging by yesterday’s sale, very Ann nf Vi-jft cnnnlipd themselves from

outside, and the few pens of decent quality met with a brisk sale at decidedly improving values. There were also buyers for the inferior classes at proportionate rales, and in point of clearance the sale was the most satisfactory held for some time. In store cattle there is very little doing, and for the few lots that change. hands - low prices have to be accepted. The supply of pigs has wonderfully mien off, and, as a natural consequence, prices have improved considerably. The totals yarded for the day comprised 8,844 sheep, 552 head of cattle, and 140 pigs, of which our entry included 3,306 sheep, 302 head of cattle, and 76 pigs. In fat sheep our principal sales were—23s crossbred wethers at iss 6d, 60 mixed sexes at 14s, 53 wethers at ißs, 280 ewes at 13s 2d, 47 mixed at 14s 3d, 65 at 12s 6d, 60 at 13s 6d, no at 12s. Stores—B7 mixed crossbreds at ns, 80 merino ewes at 4s 3d, 914; crossbred hoggets at 9s, 82 cull do at 4s fid, 120 crossbred ewes .at gs 6d, 180 do at Z2s 3d, 287 shorn hoggets at 9s, 382 merino wethers at 7s gd,. &c. Fat cattle—2 at L 7 los, .3 at L 7 js, 2 at L 8 10s, 4 at L 6 10s, 5 at L 5 12s 6d, sat L$ 2s 6d, 12 at L$ 12s 6d, 3 at Lj SB, II atLs js, 3at L 6 17s 6d, 4at L 6 15s, 4at L 5, 3atL7 2s 6d, &c. Stores—7 atL5, 12 yearlings at Li ss, 5 mixed at L2 I < 10s, 48 at L3l 40 at Li 16s 6d, Sat 15s, 5 at L 3 15s, and a number of springers at from L 4 lOS toLB. ;

Country Sales. —On Tuesday, at the Corporation .yards, we held our usual fortnightly of Uve stock, <kc., for the Ashburton district. . The Queen’s Birthday being on the regular sale -day, the sale was postponed for a - Week, which, sot being as well advertised as it 'Ought to'have been, no doubt, caused the ' attendance of farmers, &c. There was, ' however, a large entry of stock, of, which our ; entry was'3,sl4 sheep, 68 head of cattle, and CA pigg. In sheep we sold 328 merino wethers fe. at 9s 3d, 460 do, 8s lod ; 272 crossbred mixed !r *beep,. 129 jd ; 40 fat crossbreds, 14s gd; 180 ISatoo. wethers, 7s gd; 174 merino wethers, s'fta 2d ; 100 crossbreds at 10s gd; 460 merino ; -4jijrfes,' 48 3d, &c. In cattle we disposed of ~'niicjt of our ,entry, fat stock realising fairly f good prices, whilst stores were much neglected; Xbe same applies to pigs.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 361, 3 June 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 361, 3 June 1881

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