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Ashburton Guardian Office, Friday afternoon. ' . During the week there has been no •, grrfat actirity shewn in the grain trade, but prices still remain firm at previous i quotations. The slight improvement in prices in England has caused a rather firmer tone here for wheat, the advices recently received noting a rise of 6d per quarter on last week’s quotations. A fair demand for milling samples has taken place, and altogether the market may be ■ considered very satisfactory here. For good milling samples from 3s 6d to 3s lOd can be obtained here, and second quality from about 3s to 3s 3d per bushel. For seed purposes good samples bring fully from 6d to Is per bushel more. A large »*■ number of bushels have been shipped during the past week to foreign ports, and from Lyttelton alone some 25,000 „ sacks have been removed for shipment. On removal of the sacks after some four or five months stacking outside under tarpaulins very few bushels were found damaged by the wet. Oats still continue in fair d-oniandj and good clean samples will bring about 2s per bushel here, and feed samples about Is 9d. In a few weeks iho demand for seed will be greater, as a larger area of ground is being broken up ■ with the intention of sowing in oats this The demand for barley still continues fair, but only good malting samples are really saleable at 3s .3d to 3s sd. Grass seeds are now being enquired for, and good clean samples meet with a ready sale at Satisfactory prices. Potatoes are sell'ing better, and a slight improvement is noticeable in values of the good keeping tubers. The weather has been fine taking * it on the whole, but severe frosts have been the rule, and have in a slight degree the growth of the grain crops. In breaking up land and ■ cross ploughing the plains land has never been in such good condition for years, and it is confidently expected that the plains farmers will have good crops this season from the present outlook. Ashburton Retail List. Butter, inferior to best per lb, lodto is 2dt eggs, per, dozen, is 6d ; cheese, prime quality, ■ 1 per lb, 4d to 6d ; bacon, prime smoked, per lb, lod; hams, in cloth, per lb, lod to is ; flour, in bags, per loolbs, izs6d; oatmeal, per *slbs, 4s; lard, per lb, 6d. The Christchurch Corn Exchange. Com Exchange report for the week ending 1 Friday evening, the 29th July:—There is nothing in the aspect of the grain market during the past week which in any way alters its tenor. Telegraph advices ftom England, reporting a slight advance in wheat, do, at the same time, give favorable advices of the English and European harvests. Wheat. —There is little alteration during the week in values, and not many sales have taken place; the market, however, is very firm. Best milling wheat is saleable at 4s per bushel, delivered in Christchurch. Second milling quality, 3s gi per bushel. Chick wheat, 2s 6d per bushel. Oats.—The hulk of the stocks arc . now in merchant’s hands. Good short milling samples are worth from 2s 3d to 2s 4d, f.o.b. ; feed quality, 2s to 2s 2d, f.o.b. Barley.— Prime malting samples are in request, and saleable at from 3s to 3s 6d per bushel, delivered in Christchurch ; second class malting, 2s 4d to 2sgd per bushel; feed quality, is qd to 2s per bushel. Grass Seed.—The market is without change. Good clean farmer’s samples are worth from 4s 6d to 5s 6d per bushel, indifferently cleaned according to sample. Potatoes.—Very little business has been transacted during the week, and values are substantially ,the same, viz.— 4os at suburban stations, within eight miles of Christchurch ; sacks extra. Cheese and Butter.—The market is rather dull; the former is dull of sale, at from 3d to 3 the latter is dull at 7% d to 8d per lb.

Auctioneers’ Reports. Messrs H. Matson and Co. report on the ■Live Stock Market, etc., tor the week ending Thursday, July 28th, iBBr, as follows:—In consequence of the wet weather and thin market of last week a full supply of sheep came to hand for yesterday’s sale. South Canterbury again contributed largely in mutton, the general weight and quality of which was eqaul to •anything sent into the yards this season. The samoremarks, apply to the sheep market generally, as we have seldom seen a sale in which the fat sheep were so uniformily good as yesterday. Considering the large supply a fair demand was shown throughout the sale, inferior quality being a little easier to buy, whilst the heaviest sheep (in some instances) sold dearer than at any market this season. Allowing for a certain amount of irregularity in values, prices on the whole held out remarkably well, and very few lots of butchers’ sheep were turned out unsold. For stores there is not

quite so much enquiry, and several lines of both crossbreds and merinos, which a month ago would have been quickly bought up, failed yesterday to find buyers. The fat cattle sale was probably the most important feature in the day’s auction, showing as it did a briskness of trade and improved prices foreign to the market of late. The supply was very limited, and the quality as a rule inferior, both bo doubt attributable to a great extent to the late rough ■ weather. Judging, however, by the sale, butchers had nearly run out of supplies, and both inferior and prime quality beef met with a brisk sale and ready clearance, at an advance of 20s to 25s per head—the'improvement being most ifiarked in the best cattle. In pigs the entry was the largest for many weeks, the only effect this had upon prices being shown in low-con-ditioned stores and the lighter class of fat pigs. Bacon pigs, from 120 to ibolbs, are as much in request as at any time this season, realising higher prices in proportion than any others brought into the market. The totalsiyarded for the day comprised 6,481 sheep, 223 head of > cattle, and 384 pigs, of which our entry included 3,223 sheep, 1 iB head of cattle, and 225 > pigs. In sheep our principal sales were. So mixed crossbreds, at 14s 6d, 40 at 15 s 3d, 118 at 13s 9d, 100 at 16s 6d, 257 crossbred wethers, the property of Mr H. Chamberlain of the Selwyn, at 16s 5d to 17s 6d ; account other owners, 60 merino wethers at 9s pd, 120 crossbred ewes at 13s, 6a at 13s 6d, 78 at 13s, 56 at 13s, 30 ■ at 13s pd, 50 at 12s qd, 41 at 13s 6d, 60 at 13s 3d, scat 13s, 48 at 13s 6d, 131 at 13s 6d to '.'r 9d j stores, 230 merino wethers at 8s 3d, ; > 50 at 6s, 50 aged crossbred ewes at 9s 6d, 50 V-merino ewes at 7s 3d, etc. Fat cattle, l 6 *Ss, 4 at L 7, 3 at L 9,2 at -

L 9 12s 6d, 2at L 9 2s 6d, 2 at Lq, 3 a t L 8 ss, 4 at L 8 7s 6d, 4 at L; 15s, 4 at L 6 X2s 6d, 3 at L 7 25 6d, 4 at LB, 3 at L 7, 5 at L 6, etc.; stores, 9 at L 5 tos, 4 at t-2 7s 6d, 5 at £>3 tos, 7 at L 3 is, and a few springers and milch cows at from Ls to L 8 per head. In pigs we cleared our entry as under— 6 at 20s, 4 at 52s 6d, 3 at 37s 6d 6 at 38s, 7 at 40s, 4 at 255, 15s at 15s, 11 at 10s 6d, 8 at 16s, 24 at 9s, 8 at 7s 6d, 6 at ' i2s, 6 at2is, 15 at 15s, 6 at 27s 6d, 5 at 30s, etc, Canterbury Horse Market.— The horse market at the present time is more than usually dull, and very little business of any kind is being transacted. The stagnation in trade, and low prices ruling for the past two years, is beginning to leave its mark, inasmuch as it has brought breeding to a comparative standstill, and good stock of any class is becoming scarce. In light horses this has been the case for a considerable time, and the greatestdifficulty has been experienced in procuring a sound, well-bred weight carrying hack or light harness horse almost at any price. The scarcity of stock has already become a fact, and equally certain will come increased values and a better demand. The wet weather of last Saturday prevented the bulk of the horses entered for sale from coming to hand, but of the few onofier, and with a small attendance,, most of the lots were cleared at late rates.

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 a fair attendance of the trade, and values obtained may be considered as very satisfactory, although scarcely as good as last week. We would draw the attention of our country constituents to the necessity of branding their sacks containing their fat, otherwise mistakes may easily occur on the railway. Our catalouges tor the day consisted of 2,681 sheepskins, 181 bags rough fat, 69 hides, and a few packages of tallow, all of which were disposed of, values as per quotations as under, viz. :— Butchers’ best crossbreds, 6s, 6s 3d, 6s 6d to 6s lod each; second quality, Ss, 5s 3d, $s 6d, 5s qd to 5s lid each; medium, 3s 3d, 3s 6d, 3s gd, 4s, 4s 4d, 4s 8d to 4s lid each. Butchers’ best merinos, 4s 6d, 4s qd to 4s lod each ; second quality, 3s 6d, 3s qd, 4s, 4s 3d to 4s 5d each ; medium, 2s 3d, 2s 6d, 2s qd, 3s to 3= 4d each. Best country skins from 5s 6d to 6s 6d each, others from 6d, is, 2s to 4s each. Butchers’ best dry rough fat, 2*/&d to 2%d per lb; second quality, 2d; none below the latter figure. Hides, salted, 4d per lb; damaged hides, 2}£d per lb. Calfskins, 4d per lb. Tallow, 2d, 2%d, 2)4d, to 2fid per lb.

Messrs J. T. Ford and Co. report on the live stock market for the week ending Thursday, the 28th inst., as follows : —The Addington market was again plentifully supplied with fat sheep; in fact, they were sent forward from every part of the province, and the general bulk of the sheep were of most undeniable quality. The attendance of the trade was better than we have observed for many weeks past, and, owing to the wet weather, the butchers had only purchased from hand to mouth, so Wednesday last found them ready for a supply. Perhaps we can scarcely report an advance in the "price of mutton, yet biddings were more animated, and lines were competed for with a much greater determination than we have lately noticed. Very few, if any, sheep were turned out unsold, and considering the number yarded a good clearance was effected. Fat sheep are from is to is 6d per head lower than they were five or six weeks ago, and the top price is per lb. We sold crossbreds yesterday at prices varying from 15s 6d to 16s 6d, 17s 6d, and 18s 3d each. The quality, taken generally, was very even. Store sheep are not so much enquired for as they were, and very little change in this class of stock will take place till September. Merino ewes in lamb to Leicester rams are still in gooddemand, and are selling from 7s 6d to 8s 6d each. Merino wethers are bringing about the same price. Good store crossbred wethers sell from 12s to 13s 6d each, that is, if the ircondition is forward and they carry good fleeces. Crossbred hoggets sell from 9s to 10s 6d each, and if very good a shade higher prices are obtainable for them. The total entry on Wednesday comprised 6,481 sheep, 223 head of cattle, and 384 pigs. The fat cattle that were sent forward could not boast of carrying much superfluous weight, their quality being very so so. The trade had evidently run themselves very short, for the competition for anything like ordinary quality was very keen, and good prices all round were obtained. Very few stores came forward, and very medium ones they were. We quote no alteration in value of this class of stock. Wool, Skin, Hides, Tallow.—At out Wool Stores on Saturday we catalogued a very large entry of country and butchers’ skins. We had the usual attendance of fellmongers, aud succeeded in obtaining capital prices, best merino skins bringing as high as 5s 4d, and crossbreds 7s each; medium merino skins sell from 3s 6d to 4s 6d each; medium crossbreds from 4s 6d to 4s 3d each; country skins according to weight and condition of pelt, &c. Rough fat from to per lb; hides, 4Xd per lb; tallow, L 24 IPs per ton.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 408, 29 July 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 408, 29 July 1881

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