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Ashburton'Guardian Office. Friday afternoon,

There is nothing fresh to report in the priowi of grain during the 'past week. Prices have in no way advanced, although there is a fair demand for all kinds of grain. Deliveries-are now beginning to fall off considerably, as the weather has Interfered With the state of the roads to • serious' extent. Farming operations hqva also been slightly retarded, owing to the heavy rains of the past few days. The ground, however, is in splendid condition for breaking up, and a large acreage will be broken up. this season. Ashburton Retail List. Butter, inferior to best, per lb, qd to is ; eggs, per dozen,' rs qd; cheese, prime quality, per lb, 4dto fid ; bacon, prime smoked, per fb, is; hams, in cloth, per lb, is to is 2d; flour, in bags, per loolbs, 12s; oatmeal, per *slbs, 4s; lard, per lb, yd. The Christchurch Com Exchange.

The following is the report for the week ending ’Friday, ' the roth instant’.—Business In die grain trade continues extremely quiet. Values in nearly all classes of produce are unaltered. Wheat.—The firm tone of the market fa maintained,, "although prices have not advanced. Good sound milling, Tuscan, is worth from 3s 9d to 3* iod; pearl and velvet rhaff, 3s 8d to 3s 9d; Hunter’s white, 3s 6d to is 7d per bushel; seconds, fit for milling, 2s fid to 2s 8d ; chick wheat, from is fid to 2s fid per bushel. Oats.—r The strong upward tendency which has been visible recently has not been maintained, and the anticipated demand has not been realised; prices, however, have not retrograded, and remain at last week’s quotations, viz.* for bright milling, is lid to ' 2S, f.0.b.; feed quality. Is 8d to is lod per bushel. Barley.—A few small sales have been effected during the week, but there is no perceptible change in values, and on the whole the market cannot be said to be improved. Prime malting, 2s qd to 3s 3d; fair to medium, 2s 3d to 2s fid. Potatoes. —The market is ia a very mercurial state, and is, like the barometer, much influenced by the weather. Prices rtifa week; are a shade lower than last, 27s to 30s at country stations being the figures at which business has been done, sacks extra. Glass Seed.—There is little or no business doing at present, but prices are extremely firm. Well-cleaned farmers’ samples from 4s fid to $s per bushel, indifferently cleaned, according to sample. Cocksfoot, 3d to 3Xd P er Ik., Cheese and Butter.—The former, 3d to 3 }id, the latter 8d to Hay.—L2 103 to L2 15s per ton.

Auctioneers’ Reports. Messrs H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock'market, &c., for the week ending Thursday, June 9th, 1881, as follows: — Yesterday'S'weekly sale at Addington, taken as a whole, was the most satisfactory held for some time. The supply of fat sheep was considerably ' above the average of the past two months, the qualitv being, in nearly every prime. , .On account of Gould and Cameron we sold wethers at 16s to 17s; ewes, 15s 3d. Throughout the auction competition was well maintained; and values, though irregular, suffered only ,to a slight extent. Nearly every line of fait sheep were sold; a picked pen of crossbreds realised as as high as ais; merino wethers, specially good, to. 15s. ■.a In stores, a line of strong merino wethers brought 8s •’ ;iSO long-woolled hoggets, 10s 3d; mixed crossbreds, 10s to 12s; merino ewes, 3s fid to 5s 3d. In the beef trade there r fa at last some visible .improvement, with—we ' may hope—-aprospect of its continuance for a couple of months. The supply on Wednesday was not a large one, and throughout the sale the various lots were well competed for, and sold at a decided advance on late rates. Medium weight steers brought L 8 to L9 — one extra heavy :pen being passed in at Lio. Hr Birdling’s heifers brought 1.7 i°s to L 8 I os, other lota proportionate rates. There ■ were very few store cattle on offer, and with one or two ontside buyers in attendance, the bulk were cleared at late quotations. Pigs were penned in larger numbers than for several Weeks past, prices showing a decided improvement all round. The totals yarded for the day comprised 6,608 sheep, 244 head of cattle, and 234 pigs, of which our entry included 3,908 -sheep, 70 head of cattle, and 141 pigs. In fat sheep our principal sales were—--155 mixed crossbreds at 16s, 40 at 15s 9<h 88 at 15s 9d, 97 at 17s 3d, 76 at 13s 3d, 56 at 15s, 91 at 14s fid, 45 at 15s 3d, 81 at 15s, 105 at 15s, 58 at 13s, 30 at 16s 3d, 41 at 16s, 30 at 17s, 69 at 16s, 64 at 16s, 62 at 15s fid, 30 at 15s fid, 207:at 14s 9d, 40 at 14s fid, 114 at 14s 3d, 64 at 15s fid. Stores —210 merino ewes at

•- 6s gd, 38 crossbreds at 12s 6d, 69 crossbred ;■ ewes at 1 is fid, 90 at ns, 52 meridb ewes at fo merino wethers at 7s 6d, 140 hoggets at 10s Bi? S&t 191 merino ewes at 3s 1 id, .etc. Fat, ti. —3 at LB, 2 at L 8 2s 6d, 4 at L 6 15s, 4 ;ii,K ! :'-at L 8 ios, 4 at L 7 10s, 4 at L 7 ss, 3 at L 7 10s, 2 at L 7 ss, 3 at L 6 10s, 2 at LB. Stores- 10 <- at Lj ysfid, ro at L$ 2s 6d, 4at L2 ios, 9 at , Li ysjfid, 6 atLj ss. Dairy cows—L6 ios to L 7 Lio TO, Pigs, 5 at 41s, 9 at 255, 10 at 16s, 5 FtJ'et jos, S at 15s, 5 at 56s 6d, 9 at 16s, 4 at 245, v 19 at 42s fid, 9 at 37s 6d, 6 at 31s, 7 at 31s, 1,7 II at 295, 8 at 14s, 6 at ios. ' Country sales.—On Tuesday, at the Tinwald r;‘7 Saleyards, we held our usual fortnightly sale oflive stock, &c., for the Ashburton district. . The attendance was limited, owing no doubt, ' to the uncertainty whether or not a sale would be held at aIL There was a fair entry in * sheep and cattle, but for sheep the inquiry ms not so keen as of late. Our catalogue for the day consisted of 1,507 sheep, 44 cattle, 12 pigs,‘and 2 horses. In sheep we sold 220 merino ewes and wethers at 8s 6d; 260 fat merinos, at ios ; 51 crossbreds, at 14s qd; 7 450 merino wethers, at 6s Bd, etc., etc., dearie Ing all ovr entries with the exception of 140. sln cattle all were sold with the exception of 5 7'Vhead, at prices fully equal to Addington ■" values. Pigs sold fairly, while horses were un- ■ saleable. Land. — We sold on Saturday last a farm at j’ containing 186 a. 2r. Bp., for Ll 5 £r‘ per acre, realising Lz, 798 ss. We also sold a Patton,': situate at Wakanui, Ashburton, contain- > &g 450 acres, for 1.5,175. t':"’ Acland, Campbell and Co report on the p|live stock market for the week ending Thursstphy, 9th June,' as follows :—At the Addington IgSVards yesterday, 6,608 sheep of all classes were I*''- permed. The entry of fat sheep was a large the majority being first-rate quality. It liwwas quite evident horn the commencement of _ Ihe sale that vendors would have to submit to a I t on. late prices, the supply being a g l , -j good deal in excess of the requirements of the mdo, We consider: that there was a drop of Sj*a|te.lß to I* fid pet head on fat sheep. At reduced prices, however, a good deal of was transacted, only a few lines being rapMcft oat nnsblcL We quote long-wool extm ncavy weights, 183 3d to 19s fid; piintie quality, heavy weights, 15s 17s 3d; medium weights, 13s to 15s; f Walk s,- 'IIS'; 6d to. 12s-- gd ; merino . awe very prime pen of extra heavy Hißpßfni ewes,. 6s jd to 8s 3d. The- entry of not .a large 1 one, consisting {PSjflpjgpafly of merino wethers and ewes. Crossmade up to ios; merino wethers, condition, (br turnips, 8s to 8s 3d ; of beef was a small *

one,' but the quality, on the whole, was much better than it has been for the last few weeks. A good deal more was shown than has been the case of late, anct there was a decided upward tendency in prices. Few stores were penned, but this class of cattle also met with a better market. On Tuesday, 7th, at the Tinwald sale, there was an average entry of sheep and cattle. The market for sheep was decidedly dull, many lines being penned unsold, although some of them changed hands afterwards privately. On fat sheep there was a drop of from is to 2s per head. Store sheep maintained their price better, and a good many lines changed hands. For cattle, especially stores, there was a fair demand, with an advance in price equal to from 5s to los per head.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 367, 10 June 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 367, 10 June 1881

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