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Ashburton Guardian Office, Friday afternoon. •The weather has been very favorable tor faming operations during the past week, and very hard frosts have been the exception. Usually at this time of the year severefrosts generally follow the the heavy winter rains, but this whiter we have, so far, experienced most opposite results. Ploughing is being pushed on vigorously throughout the country, and large blocks of virgin land are being brought under cultivation. We note with pleasure the fact of there being a ploughing match held next month. The market for grain still continues much the same. Prices have in no way receded, hut appear, if anything, slightly firmer for all descriptions of grain—particularly wheat and oats. For prime samples of the former 3s 9d can be obtained, and for. oats from Is 6d to Is lOd are offered for delivery here. The recent rise and demand for the latter cereal in Melbourne has not caused any appreciable rise in our market, although the demand still continues good. In all probability very little difference will be made, as there is a very large supply on hand and awaiting shipment. Barley remains unchanged, and large quantities are still in store, and holders are desirous to quit, almost at any price. Grass continues to be plentiful, a matter which at this time of the year is a source of satisfaction to all formers and graziers.

Ashburton Retail List. Butter, inferior to best, per lb, 9*l to J*s eggs, per dozen, is gd ; cheese, prime quality, {ier lb, 4d to 6d ; bacon, prime smoked, per b, is; hams, in cloth, per lb, is to is 2d; flour, in bags, per loolbs, 12s; oatmeal, per 35lbs, 4s; lard, per lb, yd. {Auctioneers’ Reports. Messrs H. Matson and Co. report on the live stock market, &c., for the week ending Thursday, June 16th, 1881, as follows For yesterday’s weekly sale at Addington, an extra heavy supply of - prime quality mutton was sent to hand from all parts of the province—in fecti the yards were more closely packed than we, have seen them for some months. In crossbred sheen, Messrs C. T. Dudley, Gouldrand Cameron, L. White, Chas. Hurst, R, Wright, arid John Grigg were contributors of some of the best lines, whilst Messrs McLean and Rutherford and John Grigg were especially good in merinos. As might be expected, the full market had a somewhat depressing effect upon the sale, and values oscillated considerably during the day. Several lines Of the bestj however; changed owners at prices little, if any, below last week’s quotations, while jri others there was a diflerence of is to is 6d per head; the first-named .price representing^'about the average decline of the day’s sale. In store sheep there were but few on offer, most of .which were sold at late rates. Fat cattle were in'increased supply, and competition flagged considerably. Owners were not inclined to : iccept : any material drop in price, and a lame quantity of beef was turned out ri&AM- ...Towards the closed of the sale there ’was a little better demand, and a few lines ofbund . buyers.. at prices decidedly in advance of earlier transactions. The general tone »| the auction was, however, quiet, aad slightiy reduced values had to be accepted all rounoT Useful'Steeps sold from Ly to L 8 10s;

extra heavy weights, to £.lO ios. Heifers and light-treight steers, I# ios to L 7. The entry of store ca,ttle was limited, and of the few on offer ine' hulk .were sold at unaltered rates. In pigs the entry was much larger than for many-weeks past, hut for any that were fat goed iipriceS were - obtained. Small or low conditioned stores were at a discount, and several, lines were unsold. • The totals yarded -for the day comprised—7,ll6 sheep, 286 he*)d •of cattle,, and 328 pigs, cf which' our , entry included 3,803 sheep, lot head of cattle, and zoo pigs. In fat sheep our principal sales . were 94 crossbred wethers at 17s M, S 3 at 16s 3d, 100 at 14s 6d, 100 at 14s, 241 merino wethers at 103, 56 crossbreds at 15s pd, 56 at 14s 3d, 142 at 14s, 40 at 15s 6d, 150 at 14s 6d, SPat 14s 3d, 45 at 16s 6d, 73 at 16s, 46 at 16s 3d, 30 at 16s 6d, 34 at 14s 6d, 55 at-MSs. igS abiSs gd, 40 at 16s, 80 at 15s 9d»4bat 15s sd, 40 at 14s 9d, 50 merino wethers at ns gd,22P at ios6d to ios 9d, 62 crossbreds atlds 3d. /Stores—3B merino ewes at ss, 388 do-at 4s 3d, 96 mixed crossbreds at Us pd, 30 at 12s 6d, 146 at ns6dto 12s fid, 96 atßs6d, 107 shorn hoggets at 7s 6d, etc. Fat cattle—6 at L/l?s 6d, sat L 7 15?, 3at LB, 4 at L 6 ss, 2 at L 7 ios, 3 at L 7 7s 6d, 2 at L 7 28 6d, 3at L 7 10s, 2atL6 2s 6d. Stores—7 at L 3 15s, Sat l 3 ios > S' at Li ios, 10 at L 3 as 6d. Pigs—lo at 22s 6d, 7at 15s, 9at 12s, 13 at 138,10 at 6s 6d, it at Js, 6 at 19s, 8 at us, 19 at 9s. Fat- 9at 30s, 9at 26s 6d, 11 at 275, 6 at 28s, 5 at 345, 5 at 31s, 3 at 555. On Friday last we held our usual bi-

monthly sale at Leestoa. The yards were fairly filled, and most of the stock sold at prices equal to town rates. Canterbury Horse Market,—Owing to the terrific gale of last Saturday, the supply of horses for our weekly sale was very limited, in feet, not more than 25 head out of 160 entered came to hind. For the same cause there was scarcely a buyer in the yard, and beyond a few private sales.there was, comparatively speaking, no business done. Wool,-Sheepskins, Fat, Hides, and Tallow Report.—On Thursday, at our Canterbury Wool Stores, we held our usual weekly sale of the above. There was the average attendance of fellmongers, tanners, and soapboilers. We hid a very large entry of rough fat and sheepskins, but, owing to the muggy weather, fellmongers did not appear at all anxious to operate; at protracted and uneven sale being the consequence. We would draw the butchers’ attention to the necessity of (at this , season of the year) keeping their sheepskins dry, otherwise the pelts become damaged. Our catalogue.for the'day consisted 0f—3,311 sheepskins, 174 bags rough fat, 62 hides, and several casks 7 and packages of tallow, all of which were sold at prices as under, viz. Butcher’s,best crossbreds, 5s gd, 6s, 6s Bd, 6s Sd to 6s gd each; second quality, 4s, 4s 3d, 4s 6d, 4s gd, Ss, Ss 3d, to Ss Jd each ; medium, 3s, 3s 3d, 3s 6d 38 gd, to 3s nd ; butchers’ best merino, 3s, 3s 3d, 3s Sd, 3s gd, to 4s each; second quality, 2s, 23 3d, 2s 6d, 2s gd, to 2s lid each; medium, is 4d, is Bd, to is nd I each; country skins, for best, from 4s 6d to 6s each; second quality, 2s, 3s to 3s gd each ; Inferior, lod, is, is 6d, to is lod each ; pelts, 3d, 4<3, 6d, to gd each; butchers’ best dry rough fet, z)4d to zfiA per lb; second quality, 3d to 2sd; discolored, I%d per lb; hides (salted), ad; calfskins, 4d per lb; damaged hides, per lb ; tallow (in bags and tins), 2d, 2}ia, to 2f£d per lb ; do, in casks, 23s 6d to 24s 6d per cwt.

■; Messrs J. T. Ford and Co. report on the live stock market for the week ending Thurs- . day, the 16th inst., as follows : —The market on Wednesday - wns over supplied with fat stock, both sheep and cattle. Sales were efjpjcted with difficulty at a reduction in sheep of at least is per,head all found on late ruling ' rates. The yards.were filled with fat cattle of . better quality- than we have noticed for many weeks past. ,A great number changed hands aboui 23s per loolbs. We quote mutton at r»:- at/d per ib. The demand for store sheep is - not quite so ! active as it has been, and at preS - Sent ruling rates for the different classes it is wiser to buy-fat,than stores. The total entry -Slock yaided-'On Wednesday comprised li|efetl6sh«p, 286 head of cattle, and 328 pigs, eilpWe sold the BlttoXliffs -sheep, crossbreds at and theJPaieommerino wethers at 14s ■hjthfcdatter. price -topped the market t day. , Mr Carter’? merino wethers sold at us each. We at-15s each, the above answering to our quotation per lb for the

day. We sold fat steers at from L 8 5 s 1° Lp iSs, and fat heifers at L 6 15s each. Fat cows at L2 5s each. During the winter months we occasionally get a glutted market of fat stock, and when stock have come forward by rail from long distances, they have, as a rule* to be quitted, and to do this lower rates have to be accepted. Yesterday was one of those days, but we do not contemplate any general decline in prices of fat sheep or fat cattle. Our opinion is rather the other way, and that fat stock have not seen by any means their maximum value. Country Auctions.—Last week we held a clearing sale on account «f Mr Earle in the Ashburton district. The attendance was good, and fair prices were obtained for the live stock, farm implements, etc., clearing everything to the owner’s satisfaction. At Tinwald, on Tuesday, the 7th, we sold, on account of various owners, several lines of fat and store stock, clearing all our entries at market rates. Property Sales.—At our Land Sale Rooms, in Cashel street, on Saturday last, we succeeded in quitting the Lincoln mill, with twelve acres of land, for the sum of L 3,000 cash. At the same time offered the Wakanui property, but failed to find a purchaser at our reserve. During the day we also offered Mr Fumival Lee’s farm of 157 acres, situated in the Lincoln road district. We failed to sell at the auction, but the property has since changed hands at owner’s reserve. Wool, Skins, Hides, Tallow, and Rough Fat.—rAt our weekly sale yesterday we catalogued over 3,000 skins, 93 packages of tallow, and a large number of hides. Best butchers’ crossbred brought from 4s, 4s 6d, 4s gd to 5s fid each ; best merino skins sold at from 2s fid to 3s 4d and 3s fid each ; country skins brought from 2s to 63 each ; hides 4d per lb.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 373, 17 June 1881

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