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COMMERCIAL.

Ashburton Guardian Office, Friday afternoon.

At the Addington yards cn Wednesday the supplies of fat and store sheep and pigs were very heavy. There was a fairly good entry of atore cattle, but the number of fat cattle on offer was very limited. Sheep : Notwithstanding the low prices ruling, there was a full market of fat sheep. The quality, as usual, varied considerably, but on the whole was up to the average. In face of the large entry, an improvement in values could not be expected, vendors being satisfied if late rates were maintained. And, although in the majority of cases they were successful in this, the demand was very dull, and prices exhibited a downward tendency. Prime crossbreds sold at from 13s 6d to 15s ; medium quality at from Ils to 12s 6d. Merinos were dull of sale 'at front 7s to 9s 6d for lots of good quality. We have no alteration to note on the rate per pound, and again quote mutton at a little under 2d on the average. There was again an exceed ngly large entry of store steep, which consisted in most instances of better class lots than at last week’s sale. Bad as the demand was Jon that occasion, it ws even worse than this. Very little business was done, and the few sales (in comparison with the large number on offe) which took place were made at prices which showed a further reduction. Crossbred ewes so’d at from 4s Sd to Ids id ; very fair merino ewes at from 4s to 5- c > ar| d crossbred lambs at from 5 s 3d to 7 s 2d. Cattle : There was only a small number of fat cattle yarded, consisting chiefly of inferior and medium quality. The sale was entirely without animation, and we have no alteration (o report in prices. We quote from 16s to 18s pen roolb as the average price for beef. Of store cattle there was a very fair supply, but with the exception of. dairy cows, for which there was a good enquiry at satisfactory prices, there was not much business transacted. Sales of young stock were made at from 20s to 355, and good steers from two and a half to three years old, went up to L 5 2s 6d. Pigs ; Another very numerous entry of pigs was yarded. Nearly all sorts met with a brisk demand, and were quitted at prices which must have been most satisfactory to sellers. Good breeding sows sold at from 45s to L 3 S s ; porkers, at from 30s to 47s 6d ; and small stores, at from 9® to 2Ss. Messrs Matson, Cox and Co, report upon the live stock market for the Ashburton district, for the week ending April 10th, as follows: The usual weekly sale of live stock was held on Tuesday at the Tinwald yards, and the entry was only surpassed by that of the Ram and Ewe Fair, held a few days previously. We should estimate the entry at 13,500 sheep, 100 head of cattle, and 30 pigs, and when it is remembered that about yo,ooo sheep have gone through the Ashburton saleyards during the last three weeks, the prices obtained last Tuesday must be accepted as satisfactory, althouch purchases made three months ago leave a decided loss if sold now. Our catalogue for the day consisted of 6,500 sheep, 70 rams, 40 head of cattle, and'3o pigs for Messrs J. D. Richar s, R. Lancaster, W. Croy, J. Crossen,J. Ford, A. Jacks'n, J. R. Ca r pbell, R. Manson, H. Boyle, S. Chapman, W. Hartnall, R. Frisby, J. McKay, J. Crosskill, J. Gordon, A. Frisby, J. Ballantyne, C. G. Hawdon, J. Grigg, C. Primmer, D. Cameron, J. Shearer, Mawson Bros, J. D. Oliver, H. F. Richards, Standish, E. G. Wright, J. Robertson, W. Prebble, A. Dawson Jun., Shafer, D. Ryan, J, Stoddart, Davis and Wilson, J- Clark and others, and our principal sales in sheep were—--50 aged crossbred ewes, 7s rod ; 120 sound mouth merino ewes,' 7s 3d ; 295 merino wethers, 5s 6d ; 183 cull merino ewes, 2s 5d ; 126 first-cross lambs. |6sßd ; 136 jtwo-tooth crossbred wethrrs, 10s; 135 crossbred ewes, IDs 3d ; 130 crossbred ewes, 10s lod ; 166 first cross lambs, 8s ; 40 ewes and lambs 6s 3d.; Ixo three-quarter bred lambs, ?s 6d ; 500 merino ewes, 5s 3d; 100 merino ethers, 8s; ICO lambs, 7s 3d ; 77 first cross lambs, 7s 8d ; 170 merino ewes, 5s ; 85 two-tooth crossbreds, 10s 3d ; 106 crossbred lambs, 6s lod; 104 merino ewes, 3s 7<l > 147 two-tooth mixed crossbreds, ns ; 600 merino cull ewes, 2s 2d ; 420 cull merino wethers, 2s 7d ; 473 crossbred lambs, 6s xod; 84 merino ewes, 6s nd, etc. In rams: We sold 16 Southdown ram lamhs, 2%’gs 5 X 4 Border Leicester ram lambs, 2)4g&; 6 Lincoln, 30s ; 7 ditto, 31s ; 4 ditto, 17s 6d each. In cattle : We sold 6 at L 5 2s 6d ; 2 at L 4 2s fid; I at L2 12s 6d ; X at L 3 7s 6d; I at 14 17s 6d j 3at L 3 17s 6d ; 1 at Lx 15s; I stag at 15s; 2at Lx xos; 2at 1.2 ss, and 1 Springer at L 7. In pigs: We cleared our entry, the only ones in the yard, and 2 suckers, 13s; 4 stores, 15s; 5 porkers. Lx 13s; 2 fat sows, L2 ss, etc. In land :We have sold 60 acres near Digby’s at Ll2 15s an acre, and acres, Allenton, at a satisfa tory price withheld.

. Messrs Friedlander Bros, (in conjunction with Messrs Robert Wilkin and Co.) report, on the Live Stock Market for the week ending 9th April, as follows.:—On Tuesday last a very heavy entry of all classes of sheep were sent forward, a large proportion of which changed owners at prices ranging about the same as we quoted last week. We sold on account of Messrs D. Jchnston, J. Williams, A. Sutton, E. Garforth, A. Grant, J. Knox, and others, the following lines—l pen fit wethers at 12s Bd, I ■ pen mixed merino and crossbreds at lis 6d, 230 crossbred ewes (broken mou h) 7s id, 276 four and six-tooth crossbred ewes at lis 6d, 147 fu 1 mouth crossbred ewes at 9s, 220 old meiino ewes at 2s Bd, 90 crossbred lambs at 7 s of Lagmhor ewes were submitted, but not reaching the owner’s reserve were w'thdrawn, but were afterwards sold privately. In rams we sold 2 Lincolns at 3gs, 5 do at l%gs, 3 Southdown at 6gs, 3 Norfolk Down ram lambs at 2Xg s > Sdo at 2gs, 3at %gs.

The following is the Christchurch Corn Exchange report for the week ending Friday, the 10th Inst. —The ho idays have encroached to a large extent on business during the past week ; and transactions have therefore not been numerous. The tone of the market has not been in any way affected, and all lines, with the exception of barley, which is a little weaker, retrain unaltered, It -is almost needless continuing to repeat the fact of so much grain coming forward in bad condition, nevertheless, we would still urge on farmers the propriety of using greater care in classing, on account of many good lines being depreciated by being placed with inferior lots. The following are the latest quotations : —Wheat: Sound dry milling, 2s fid to 2s 9d ; chick wheat, is 6d to 23, to.b.—Oats: Bright milling, is lod; sound short feed, is gd ; inferior and discolored, is $d to is Bd, f.o.b.— Barley : Prime ma'ting, 3s 3d to 3s gd ; second quality, 2s gd to 3s; feed, is 9d to 2s, Christchurch.— Grass Seed : Clean farmers’ parcels of rye, 2s fid to 3s; machine dressed, 3s gd to 4s, f.0.b.; Cocksfoot, 3fi}d ; damaged lots, 2d to per lb, f.o.b. —Dairy Produce: Butter, yd to 8d; cheese, 4d to per lb, f.o.b.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1510, 10 April 1885

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1510, 10 April 1885

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