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Ashburton Guardian Office, Friday afternoon. Very little business has been transacted in the grain market during the week. Harvesting operations have been in full awing, ’ and already a large acreage has been cut, consequently, as may be expected, all business interest is centred in the farmers’ most important work of the year. Prices have in no way altered, with the exception of barley, which, for good malting samples, is in active demand, owing to tJift unfavorable reports of the coming yield. The weather has been very much colder and frequently welcome showers have fallen, making a vast improvement In-the standing crops and grass paddocks. The prospects of a fair yield are still good, and samples generally will be very fair, bat not equal to last year, In many places the grain is lean, and particularly is this noticeable with spring wheats. Hie turnip crops are not by any means first-class, and in many places are a total failure, but towards the hills some splendid crops are to be met with. Auctioneers’ ReportsMessrs H. Matson and Co. report : At Tinwald on Tuesday we heldour usual weekly sale for the Ashn barton district, there was a fair entry iy sheep, but cattle and pigs were very poorl represented, about 25 head of the former and none of the latter being penned Therj) was a small attendance of farmers who |ire evidently busily engaged in bar vesting operations, as reapers and binders may be seen at work in every direction. Sheep sold very well, indeed, at prices folly equal to Christchurch values, but cattin could hardily be quitted at any price!. Mtuwra J. T. Ford and Co. reportAt Tinwald on Tuesday we sold 1000 ewes, from the Anama station, at an average of 6a 2d e^ch. Messrs Acland, Campbell and Co. report as follows At Tinwald Yards, on Tuesday, January 17, there was a fair entry of sheep, but very few cattle were yarded. Fat sheep sold at prices about equal to the prices obtained at Christchurch, and nearly every lot was disposed of. A draft of merino ewes from Anama Station made from 6s to 6s 6d, the bulk selling at the latter price. On Saturday next we shall sell two or three lines of brewery shares, for which a good price is expected. Ohi Lstchurc;! Com ExchangeOcm I Exchange report for the week ending Friday evening, the 20th instant: —Business in the grain trade during the ryqt week has been exceedingly quiet. Btefiew are now busy with the harvest. Reports from the various districts as to the jideld are on the whole good, though no doubt there are great discrepancies. It is difficult to give exact quotations at present, as transactions have been few, ■•ml prices are not yet established. Wheat—Best milling samples of old wheat range from 4s 2d to 4s 3d per bushel. The new grain is not yet in the market and prices are not yet established. Becojud quality old wheat ranges from 3s fid tj» 3is 8d ; chickwheat from 2s fid to 3s per bushel. Oats.—Good short milling samples of old oats are saleable at from 2s to 2'i Id per bushel; Tartarian, Is 10d to Is llld; ! Few oats are not yet in the mar iet md prices are not fixed. Barley. No buaiiiess has sis yet been done in this oereih r Grass Seed.—Good clean samples ore saleable at from 3a fid to 4s per bushel. The quality of samples coming to band is ! exceedingly good. I

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 539, 20 January 1882

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 539, 20 January 1882