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. , “ Guardian ” Office, Friday afternoon. •i Business in the grain market has been exceedingly quiet during the week. Hi wheat transactions have been almost nilj atid no change in prices can be noted. For 1 prime samples of milling wheat a little enquiry exists at previous rates. The reported rise of oats in Melbourne, which was wired on Wednesday, has, wa are glad to say, been confirmed, and prices here are-much firmer in consequence, and the demand for shipment has increased. For good milling samples about from 2a to 2s Id, f.0.b., can be obtained, and even a shade higher has been given for primest samples for shipment. Barley is still enquired after, and good malting samples readily fetch from 2s 9d to 3s fid; inferior kinds from Is 9d to 2s 3d. Turnip seed is; being sown in various parts of the county, and farmers are taking the precaution to dress the seed, as a preventative against “fly” on a larger scale than hitherto. The weather has been exceedingly drj during the week, but the warm weather has brought on the crops very fast. Borne wheats are now coming out ih Oat. On Thursday night slight showers fOllj which have resulted in immense hetiefit to the grass and crops, and the atmosphere is made much cooler. In a few weeks we expect to see the haymaking in full swing, as the majority of grass paddocks are nearly ready for the mower. A few sales of wool, in small lots, have taken place during the week in Christchurch, and prices for same in bags are from 5M to Bjd pet lb. Several sales will be held during the next fortnight in Christchurch.

Messrs Matson, Cox and Co. report.— Oa Tuesday we held our usual fortnightly nal« for the Ashburton district. There was a large entry in sheep, cattle, and pigs. la cattle, we succeeded in clearing the whole of our entiy, with the exception of one cow, at prices as follows:—s at L62s 6d, 7at L 4 ss, 7 at L 4 4s, 1 at L 6 10s, 25 at L2 14s, 10 at L 4 7s, 8 at L 3 17s, Bat L 3 11s, etc. In sheep, we sold 80 shorn wethers at 12s, 160 at 11s, 110 wbollys at 7s lldj 194 merino ewes 6s 6d, 43 do os, 47 crossbreds 8s sd, 196 merino wethers 9s 6d, 153 shorn hoggets 6s 6d, 152 Coldstream shorn wethers at lls, 155 shorn merino wethers at 10s 4d, 460 woolly merino ewes at 6s 9d, etc., etc. In pigs, we sold 2at 14s, 2 at LI 3s 6d, 6 at LI 7s, 19 at 6s, etc. Tho Ohristcharch Com Exchange. Co.ii Exchange Report for the week ending Friday evening, the lßth instant: The past fortnight has been so enlirely given up to holidays and holiday-makers that business in the grain trade has been almost entirely neglected. Latest telegrams from London report a still further depression in wheat. The weather continues extremely favorable for the growing crops, although rain would be acceptable: Good sound milling wheat m shipping lines is worth from 4s 6d to 4s qd per bushel f.o.b.j second quality, 4s to 4s 4d per bushel; chick wheat, from 3s to 3s 6d per bushel, delivered in Christchurch. Oats.—A few sales have been made within the past week, at from 2s to 2s id per bushel f.0.b.; feed quality, IS lod to is lid in Christchurch. Barley. —There is still an occasional enquiry for prime malting samples; these, however, are few and far between. Holders are asking from 2s qd to 3s 6d per bushel; feed quality, is qd to 2s per bushel in Christchurch. Potatoes.-- A few small orders continue to come *0 hand, which are executed at from 2ss to 27s 6d f.0.b., sacks included; . Grass Seed. Business in this article is practically over for the present. Any more orders coming to hand are charged from 5s 6d to Ss qd for good clean seed. Cheese and-Butter.—The former is worth from to 4j£d.perlb., with the stocks low and a good demand. The la;ter is selling at fid per lb., with rather a slack demand.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 495, 18 November 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 495, 18 November 1881

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