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Auctioneers’ Reports. Messrs H. Matson and Co. report on the Live Stock Market, etc., for the week ending Thursday, July 7th 1881, as follows:—For yesterday’s sale at Addington there was a very full market of sheep, accelerated to a great exten.t by the heavy drafts of extra prime mutton from South Canterbury. Both lor Weight and quality the “ trade ” could for nothing better than these sheep, whilst various fees frofMßSfflfcts nearer home—although not quite so heavy—were equally suitable for butchers’ purposes- Amongst our principle sales we placed crossbreds for Messrs W. Wright, F. Hartnell, and H. Maddiscn, at from 15s to 16s, and a few extra heavy lots at ißs. Orthe whole, prices, though irregular, ruled but a shade lower than- last week, and few lots were turned out unsold. _ The enquiry for is still well maintained, and where asy. young or fresh conditioned lots are brought into .the market, they invariably command a-good price. At yesterday’s sale we placed several lines of half-bred hoggetts at 8s 5d to 83*63; fresh merino wethers at 8s to. 9s, crossbreds from 8s 6d to 12s 6d, according to age and condition. In the fat cattle market there w£S a noticable falling off in supply, not more than about half the previous week’s entry being penned. This had the effect of quickening trade a little, and there were less cattle in proportion unsold than for some weeks past. Frices too, were a shade better, but the general tone of tfaeonarket was not sufficiently good to warranters. In quoting anything more than a slight temporary advance, consequent on he limited supply. In store cattle there is little doing, the enquiry being limited, as is also the supply, and where sales are effected extremely low rates are the order of the day. In pigs there were very few on offer. Prices for porkers and bacon pigs are firm, but stores are at a discount. v r .The totals yarded for the day comprised, sd4.B sheep, 267 head of cattle, and 154 pigs of winch our entry included 2765 sheep, 133 head of cattle, and 33 pigs. The' Christchurch Corn Exchange. Com Exchange report for the week ending Friday evening, the Bth July:—Business during the week has been exceedingly quiet; the market has, however, a healthy tone, and prices although without alteration are firm.— Wheat r:Good sound milling wheat is _ worth from 3s.Sd to 3s rod per bushel; exceptionally fine tuscan, 4s per bushel. Good seconds will command from 2s fid to 2s 8d per bushel. Chick wheat, is 6d to 2s fid per bushel. Oats —Prices are firm at last week’s quotations. Good stout milling, 2s id to 2s 3d, f.0.b,; good feed quality; ts 8d to is xod per bushel. Barley.—-Good malting samples are in fair demand, -at from 2S gd to 3s fid per bushel. Second; class quality, 2s 3d to2s fid per bushel. Feed quality is iod to 2s id per bushel. There is a pretty fair demand for the latter. Potatoes.—The market appears to be in the same volatile:'condition which has characterised it from the beginning, buyers and sellers being apparently uncertain as to the value of the article, a few sales have, however, taken place during the week at from 33s to 35s per ton, at suburban 1 railway stations, sacks extra. These are the prices for immediate delivery ; for forward delivery, say in the middle of September, 42s fid ta-45s per ton, and in some instances a shade over the highest quotation; in all cases, sacks are extra. Grass seed.—The market is vary quiet, and practically neglected. There is, however, ho change in values, which arc firm at last week’s quotations, viz.— 4s fid to 59 for well-cleaned farmers samples. Cocksfoot, 3#d to 3j£d per lb. Cheese and Butter. —The firmer is still dull of sale at 3d to per lb. t tiio latter is in fair demand at from 8d to Bj£d,perlh. Hay.—L2 10s to L2 ijs per ton delivered in Christchurch.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 391, 9 July 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 391, 9 July 1881