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"Guardian” Office, o'' : Friday afternoon. As may be expected at this time of the year very little'business has been done in the grain market, consequently prices remain the same as at last quotations. Flour still keeps in fair demand at Lll 10s for best brands, and small trade lots have been quitted at this figure. Some little enquiry has existed for chick wheat at 3s. The enquiry for oats has been in no way changed, and prices are the same as last week. Nothing but good samples meet with any sale. The same may be said with respect to barley. Good malting samples are asked alter, but prices have in rip way hardened. The crops are, owing to-'R few slight showers, looking extremely 3'healthy, but more rain is much and would be very beneficial: They have, however, come on very' fast since last week, and in all probability we shall have an early harvest The shearing is now fairly advanced, and wool is begining to find its way to the railway stations in small quantities The first series of sales takes place in Christchurch next week, and good prices are anticipated.

Messrs Matson, Cox and Co, report as follows ; —At the Tin wald Yards last Tuesday we held our usual fortnightly sale for the Ashburton district. In sheep we sold 1,000 crossbred wethers at <iis qd ; 187 mixed crossbreds, 8s yd; 80 ewes and lambs, at 8s id, etc., etc. In cattle; we ya ,- ded about 200 head, and cleared 185 of them at very satisfactory prices to the vendors.- We cleared about 5° head of fat cattle at from 20s to 245 per cwt; whilst ,in stores, .although the demand was not quite as brisk, still any lines of good young stock readily found buyers at fair prices.

Messrs J. T. Ford and Co., in conjunction with Messrs Friedlahder Bros., their agents, report as follows : —On Monday last, the 21st, we held a clearing auction at Alford Forest, on account of Messrs C ooper Bros., comprising live and dead stock and a large quantity of timber. There was an unusually large attendance, and the live stock sold at splendid prices, horses bringing from L 25 to L3O each. Competition for the timber, posts, etc , was remarkably brisk, anl the result of the sale must have been highly satisfactory to the owners. Tinwala Yards—We attended the Tin wald yards on Tuesday last, but cannot report veiy satisfactorily of the sales on that day, in fact there was a deadness about the general business we never before experienced. We sold store sheep on account, of Westerfield Station, at 6s 9d each, and fat sheep, on account of the Cbatmoss estate, at 9s 6d, and fat cattle equal to 20s per loolbs.

Christchurch Cora Exchange. Com Exchange Report for the week ending Friday evening, the 25th instant: —There is no change to report in the state of the market during the past week. Business is in a very dormant.state. , The grazing crops are, as a rule," looking well, although rain would be acceptable. Wheat.—Values are unaltered. Good sound milling, in shipping lines, is worth from 4s 6d ■ to 4s gd per bushel f.0.b.; second quality samples, 4s to 4s 4d per bushel; chick wheat; 3s to 3s 6d per bushel. The latter is in fairly good demand. Oats. —There is no alteration to note in the state of the market. Good short.milling samples are worth from 2s id to 2S 2d per bushel f.0.b.; feed quality, is lod to is lid per bushel. 1 arley.—There is little or ho business being transacted in this cereal. Really good malting samples are, however, saleable .at from 2s gd to 3s 6d per bushel.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 501, 25 November 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 501, 25 November 1881

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