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. Ashburton Guardian Office, Friday afternoon. There is not much to report in the state of the grain market during the past week. Old stocks are being cleared out, however, with some little activity at 4s to 4s 2d, ho.b., for best to prime samples. Harvesting operations will shortly be in full swing throughout the district, and already we hear of several lots of wheat being cut. This is very much earlier than last season, full]' th'ee weeks, and may be accounted for by the fact of our having had such extremely dry weather and hot winds during the whole of last month. The prospects of the late-sown crops are very poor Indeed, and the yields of barley and oats will be very light, and not worth cutting in many places. We have heard of several lots of new wheat being sold at 3a XOd and even 4 a, but in all probability the market will open at the former figure or a little less. Barley continues in active demand for prime samples, and previous quotations remain unaltered. We expect to see a considerable alteration in this cereal this season, owing to the inferiority of the new crop, which is very thin and light. Oats are without alteration of any kind. A-few parcels have been quitted, but prices are still very low. We have heard of a lime of 4,000 bushels being sold in Lyttelton at 2s 2d. The weather has been decidedly cooler during the week, and one or two good showers have fallen, which have freshened up the crops and done an immense amount of good to the country. We fear, however, that the too!' crops will he greatly affected by the drought, and potatoes especially will hardly recover from its effects. Turnips are decking well towards the hills, where lain has been more abundant, as also are cereal crops from the same cause. Messrs J. T. Ford and Co. report as follows: —Country auctions: On Jan. 10, at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Ashburton Forks, we held a clearing sale on account of various owners. The entries were very numerous for all classes of stock and farm implements, but the attendance was anything but satisfactory, and very few sales were effected. Horses—On Saturday last we offered on account of Mr T. Hodgson, a consignment of very useful animals from the Waimate estate, and although the attendance was very limited, yet we succeeded in quitting nearly all of them at satisfactory prices to vendor, say from Ll 7 to L 23 each. Grain —During the weeV we have sold 4,000 bushels of oats in Lyttelton rt 2s 2d, and have enquiries for other lots. Wool, Skins, Hides, Tallow, and Rough Fat.—At our Wool Stores, on Thursday we had the usual attendance’ bf buyers, and skins sold at capital prices, and how the money is made out of pelts at 2s 3d each is a mystery to ns. lambskins sold at from Is 8d to 2s 2d eacl-i. Merino pelts," at from Is 3d to la 6d each, and crossbreds at from Is 6d to 2s 3d each. Wool, in bags, sold at from 7£d to and 9|d per lb. Rough fat, '2Jd, all round. Wool—We beg to remind our clients that our next wool sale will take place on Tuesday next, Jan. 17, whan; :we shall offer some very choice merino and half-bred clips. We have catalogued between 500 and 600 bales, andaaAhe news from Home is encouraging“, w*s look forward to satisfactory prices being obtained.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 533, 13 January 1882

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 533, 13 January 1882