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[fQViiSr'ituTtfP// Ashburton Guardian‘Office, j (( i :-1 . - ; , Friday aftenioon. < j There has been a noticeable activity in •■'the'grain market 'since 'our last report, owing to tho favorable telegraphic advices fiSm the Glcf Wdu&tity* ;; (and 4n> regard to wheat, prices are very much .firmer than ' last wen? * s A;lhig6 ! q&dntity bf this cereal has been sent aw<*y. from Ashburton during the week, and if prices continue to improve, a large clearance will be made shortly in aH ' probability. Good sound wheat is worth about from 3s 7d to 4s, f.0.b.; for further spring varieties of good Color and of best quality, 2d more per bn,jObtained. , Seed wheat, is ' atm being freely operated with, a|hd prices are still;, very < good for prime samples, which range from 4s 3d to 4s 9cL The jspcp, of oats still Remains about the same, and we 1 anticipate that better prices are shortly-coming for this cereal Barley is still in fair demand, and fob good malting samples from 3s to 3s 3d can be ohtaihedV'inferior "kinds bringing aboutifrom la fid to 2a fid. Grass seed still >? conthmea about the same price, but there - is not much; doing. ;■ Hay sells at about 55s'ta 60s per ton, But the latter figure is only’‘for * the best quality. We have ' j; experienced some : very frosty weather during tfie week, and towards the hills some quantity of ano w has fallen. The weathermow, however, is still fine, arid ’ far riie'vririter has been the mildest known for a number of years. Large '’""SS'lf'limd are still being ploughed up, and the demand fdrgood farming land - appears to be unprecedented. - , j V 1 J 1 -■" ✓* L Hetail JLiatSutler, interior to best, per lb, pd to is; eggs, .per,dozen, is pd; cheese, prime quality, ' * ';:!b;rs; hami, in cloth, per lb, iod to is; *‘ 5 fidurpin bugs, per : loolbs, ias; oatmeal, per ajlbs, 4s; lard;‘per lb, yd. ■ The Christchnrch’Obrn Exohange. .Com Exchange report for, the week ending Friday evening, tlje ist July The market -.during thewcek is without alteration, and no jdrcutnstarice has arisen which calls for’any ’ ‘ ’ Icommeritl' ‘ Wheat. —Recent telegraph advices ‘ ' 'from 'England; reporting a rise in price, have imprirted k' firmer tone to our local markets, although without' a quotable advance. Good sound milling; is worth from. 3s 8d to 3s nod •:iper. .bushel *: v exceptionally, fine parcels of Tuscan vjotddicommatud . id, to 2d per bushel. m<Hqar!ifih}°d aecondaare worth from as fid to as 8d cgick wheat from is fid to as S(L per,, bushel; seed wheats, 4s 3d to 4s 6d , per bushel, ; Clats.—The market is without’ ' ’'',“altet4tion , ,‘,hiit prices firm at last week’s quo-.; ,' talking'- vibl gcod stout milling, 2s id tola*; ' ’ Cbub..; 1 fe& samples, 7 is 8d to is iod per ; burijfet*'" l Th<ire is.still a moderately ftir detnarid' for good molting samples, the ->> rtnqorityorioffer are, .however, hardly up to r; the i consumers’ standard.; last week’s prices -■npastbe repeated.- * First-class malting from as . ■ Dct-to-Sa-W-* -fait to inedUun, zs3<l toas'fitT ’ ~ncr,,bushel,; feed quality, is, iod to as id. A --good, many saleshave taken * l ', plaqejmringlhe week, and prices in sympathy ! r wit-fi the;depiand have increased, 33s to 35s per ’' ’tOn at suWhairi’ stations,being the pnee at which business has been for im-’ 7 'Y sSediate : .deKvery ; r for delivery in August, 40s ■- to 42s per ton; in' all cases sacks extra. Grass Seea.— not much' to • rejaort F -regard'fo this: article of ptoduce, and. -. zpoeeslarei withontialteraticn ; for well cleaned’ lots, .45 fid, to ss. per bushel is the. ~ ■ ..quotation; not much .business doing. Cocksi;;ipot,-. 3#d to per lb. Cheese and .’1 Butter,—Values are unaltered—the former 3d the latter. 8d to per lb. Hay— Li jSs -prs -ton,delivered in Christchurch.. Auctioneers’, Reports. ;; 1; Messrs iH. J Matson and Co. report on. the Live Stock Market, etc., for the week ending Thursday, Jupe 30^1.1881, as follows terday’s sale at Addington again brought forward a large supply of sheep, in fact the mar- . ket’.was, full from beggming to. end. .In fat V shpep there yvere several specially good lines, ‘ ' notably those sent to' hand by Messrs Gould arid Cameron, L. White, Campbell, and R. , ' Wright, prices for which ruled from 14s fid to tys 3d per-head. - The sale opened sluggishly, - buyers holding back in face of the full supply, .'-/■I and several lines of medium weight sheep were .■; 'passed unsold.' For .this class of mutton there i .dragging trade throughout the day, and . iprices were fid to,, is per head “ down.’ The ■ ; few;’good lots of qrossbred wethers were, how.ever,, in fair request, and sold readily at prices, in some instances, in excess of last week’s quo- , tntipns. At the close of the sale there was a * ' 'Cfirisiderable inquiry' for the early unsold lots, ’ ' ’ most of which were placed, at prices equal in ‘ proportion to auction rates'. Prime crossbred wethers brought from'' 16s to rys fid; mixed ' ' weights'and 'sexes,- (3s fid to 15s; merino ‘ - - wethers, for butchers’ purposes, 9s fid to 10s fid. -In stores there was a larger entry than usual, and we.think we are right in saying there was J a line -unsold. Amongst others we placed,3socrossbreds at 12s 9d, rao merino ~ weth«s at 8s fid, 500 merino wethers at ys, 350 do atj>s Bd, and 280 mixed crossbreds, ex Is. g 'flnil'ijly, from the Chatham Islands, at ros -The cattle sale, as a whole, was the most dragging and protracted faffair we have seen lv months. With beef the market was f simply glutted, and. not more than half the eh- ' tty coufibe placed,' 1 Prices were mostunsatisi'/ many lines of indifferent quality -vj..-ikWßS,almdctimpoßSible.toelicit abid. A few ■j.\- spedallyheayy,and well grazed steers from the _ : 3outh were, sold at Ll2 to Lra 10s, but the r, t Average, prices oft he .day for good steers ranged L 8 10$, light weights and heifers '* ios to L 6 ros. _ln store cattle there is no improyfflment in price or demand, and business ' ri J al l "a comparative standstill. Pigs are un■'cliariged in value, a large entry being penned, and 'all.sold at yesterday’s market. The totals yutdCd' for the day comprised—S,4yß sheep, 34T t head/of cattle, and 200 pigs, of which our -r< - of cattle, and 6y pigs. In sheep our principal sales were ■> , ,v— at 17s, 100 at ifis gd, 80 at jd, 70 at 17s, 50 at 16s fid, 40 at 143 fid, 80 at 14s 3d, 50 at Ma. SdtjieOiSU 91 ap 15s 3d, 120 at 14s fid , orjCssbreds at ras gd, 70 at 12s fid, . ’Sorit las merino.wethers at 7s, rao. V A ’ «rossbr<?ds; at ios fid, &c. Fat caKlfc-3 »t L 6 ios, 4at L 5 Js, * a V5'L^-i 6d a r-2/s t . l ! B W s » * rit L 6 ios, 3 at & iosj O atrlA, 4 at L 6 12s ’ t - or * s n o f n iuai.. Dairy ■ HoSp, Market—For our last Mitiy ttldri Tfenal, sixty-five horses udgwd! We edimot encourage icdpStOJany marked diripravcment v .but thisiis certain! that El I ' tirieof*good : sound useful stoskj either,.heavy '/■£ flight*-would find buyers at rate* above* the Hi ‘J - -■

average of the past two years. Young active four or five years old plough horses are worth LlB to : L2S; ‘rf extn good sorts, with plenty of quality, to L 33. Unbroken cart colts, Ll sto L 22; well-bred hacks and light harness horses, Li4to Lao; ordinary do, L 8 to Lia; weeds, £4. to LB, Messrs J. T. Ford and Co. report on the live stock market for the week ending Thursday, the 30th inst., as follows :—The yards on Wednesday were plentifully supplied with both fat sheep and fat cattle. Fat sheep sold at much about the same value per lb as on the previous week. Perhaps the demand all round was slightly more active for all classes. Fat sheep are coming forward just now in greater numbers'-than we expected, consequent, we presume, partly on account of the wet weather, and partly also that farmers have cleared out their turnip land intended for wheat. We are ol opinion that fat sheep sheep aiea good property to hold on to till toward the spring months, if feed will allow this to be done, and that*the present prices at per lb are the lowest we shill see till next December. Sufficient fat cattle find their way into the Addington market every week to keep the trade satisfied, 1 and prices down at from 20s to 25s per roolbs. j Mr Bristol’s Lincoln wethers were again the theme of the yards, and topped the market at Sis each—a grand line of sheep, possessing site, symmetry, and wool. Mr Gunn’s crossbreds brought 14s fid each. Crossbreds on account Mr Evans brought 15s fid each. Two lines of fresh conditioned sheep on account of Messrs T. Sutton and Patterson (940) sold at ras fid and 12s gd. Mr Bristol’s sheep sold at ars each. We sold merino ewes on account of Messrs, Vallance and Mason at 9s each. We sold fat pigs on account of the Pareora estate at from £.3 5s to L 3 15s each; also fat pigs on account of the Lowcliff estate at from Li 7 s t 0 Li 15s each. We sold fat cattle on account of Messrs Haydon, S. Garforth, J. Smith, and others, .at from L 6 Ss to L 6 12s, L 7, and L 7 19s each. During the week we have placed -privately several lines of store sheep, merino wethers, at from 7s pd to 8s fid each, and store crossbreds at from ns fid to 12s 3d each. Wool, Skins, Hides, Rough Fat and Tallow. —At our stores on Thursday, the 30th, we catalogued a very choice supply of butchers’ crossbred and merino skins, which sold at prices as under : —Best merino from 3s fid to 3s ‘pd, 4s, and 4s ad each ; best crossbreds, from 4s pd to 53 fid, 6s, 6s 3d, and 6s fid each; medium do., at from 3s pd, to 4s fid and Ss for crossbreds, arid medium merino at from as pd to 3s and 3s fid each ; country skins, according to condition, etc. The English Markets. Messrs Miles Bros, and Co.’s colonial produce report, dated London, May 19th, is to hand, from-which we extract the following:— Wool.—The available supplies, including old stock, at the commencement of the last sale were as follows : —Sydney and Queensland, 75,000 bates; Port Phillip, 116,000 bales ; Adelaide, 40,000 bales ; Swan River, bales ; Tasmania, 7,000 bales; New Zealand, 76,060 bales; Cape and Natal, 46,000 bales ; total, 370,000 bales.. Of the new arrivals, 16,000 Australians and 12,000 Capes have been sent forward to the manufacturing districts. The sates opened with a large attendance of buyers, and competition was brisk, but prices were a shade below those ruling at the previous sates. Since the first night the market has hardened to some extent. Merinos are now quite as high as they were in March, weakness being chiefly marked in middling scoured Capes and coarse crossbreds, which are to id per lb cheaper, the finer descriptions of crossbreds being in good demand. Lambs’ wool is well competed for, and • is worth id per lb more money,- Up to the present time about 2,900 bales have been withdrawn, but considering the discoutaging accounts that have been received from the woollen districts, the result of the sale is so far satisfactory. The fresh arrivals for the August series to date amount to 170,504 bales, including 47,505 bales Sydney, 47,592 bales Port Phillip, and 40,775 bates from New Zealand. 'Wheat and Flour.—Trade on our wheat . market has been sluggish during the past fortnight, there being a total absence of speculation, our millers merely supplying their immediate wants, but prices show little alteration. Importations of Australian wheat have been heavy, and prices have given way to the extent of about is per qr. Parcels on spot have-been sold at 47s fid to 48s, ex ship, per ; 4pfilbs, and cargoes on passage, to London have been sold at 45s fid to 465, c. f. andi. New Zealand cargoes ate still offered at about 44s fid per,4Solbs, U.K. Samples of New Zealana;wheat of the new crop lately to hand are excellent both in quality and condition, and as EngKsh wheats are scarce, the earlier shipments of this grain should, we think, command attention. In oats, good New Zealand feeding, qualities are scarce and bring good prices. We quote, ex granary, Australian wheat, 47s fid to 495; New Zealand, Jong berried, 483 to -50 s •, New Zealand, good ordinary 46s to 495, all per 49filbs ; Australian flour, superfine, 32s to 345; households, 30s to 31s per aSolb; New Zealand flour, 29s to 32s per aSolbs; New Zealand malting barley, 30s to 38s per 4481 b ; New'Zealand beans, 44s to 46s per 4481 b; fine New Zealand oats, 27s to 31s, and common feed 245110-275,. both for imp. qrs. ; New Zealand peas, 46s to 48s, and Australian 33s to 36s both for 5041 b; New Zealand oatmeal, 190 s to 21 os per ton. : Tallow and Hides.-—The demand for Australian tallow has been good, and we now quote good to fine mutton, 35s fid to 36s ; and fair to fine beef, 33s fid and 34s fid. Superior descriptions.are still in request, and bring high comparative prices.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 384, 1 July 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 384, 1 July 1881

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