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COMMERCIAL.

Ashburton Guardian Office, Thursday afternoon,

Messrs Matson, Cox and Co. report upon the live stock market for the A shburton district, forthe week endi-g April 14th, as follows: On Tuesday at the Ashburton Yards we held our usual weekly sale of sheep, cattle, and pigs. The entry for ihe day’s tiansaction was again a very large one, but prices as a rule were a shade weaker than the previous week, and several lines of really good we 1-grown lambs were tuned out unsold ; in fat sheep there was scarcely any demand, and also most the whole of the fat lambs tvere passed in. We quote mutton at 2d per lb ; beef, 16s to 18s per lb We sold on account of the following J. fl. Rodgers, C. Primmer, A. Hewson. G. Murdoch, W. H. Rule, A. Jackson C. Miller, Jas. Bent, J. R. Campbell. D Leddy T. Hardy, A. Frisby, S. McLeary, W. Srrachan, S. Chapman, John Gngg, A. Might, E. Herring W. H. Parsons, I. F. Rickards, John Boag, McLean Broq G. Cole, O. Digby, John Toner, E. Thomas, E. Doak, and W. Brown, and chained the following prices :—Fat merino wethers, 7s rod, Bs, and 6s rod; fat crossbred wethers, 12s ; stores and aged crossbred ewes, 6s yd, 4s gd, and 7s 5d ; crossbred lambs, 7s to 8s ; aged merino ewes, is 2d to 2%; merino wethers, 4s id to 5s 3d; rams, Lincoln, ij£gs; Border Leicester, L 3 3s ; English Leicesters, L 3 3s; Southdowns, L 3 3s. Pigs—l sow, 3 1 boar, stores, L i 9s; 2 at Li 13s; 2 at 17s 6d. Cattle—fat steers, L4ssto L 4 12s 6d and L 4 15s * fat cows, L2 ios to L 3 ; cows in profit, 14 5s Mr E. G. Staveley (for the New Zeala d Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, Limited), reports on the Ashburton live stock market under date 14th April, as follows: The e was a very large supply of sheep, about 17,000 being penned, and moderate entries of cattle and pigs. The sheep sale was quiet, though steady, and the bulk of those brought forward was disposed of at our quotations. We sold aged crossbred ewes, 4s nd, and fairly good ditto, 9s nd. We cleared the Whiterock merino ewes at $s 6d to Ss 1 id, and sold small 2-tocth crossbreds at 7s, and 2tooth wethers at 9s I id. Fat merino wethers fetched 6s 4d and 7s $d ; store ditto, 3s 4d d 4s 3d ; small mixed 2-tooth crossbreds, 7s, 6d and 8s 6d. Crossbred Jambs, which met good demand, 7,7 s 5d and 7s lod; fair out merino ewes, 4s 2d, 5s and 5s 6d ; cu'l . yd to 2s 6d ; aged crossbred ewes, 6s c; ood ditto, 9s fid and ios lod ; forward mei.no wethers, Ss id. At the Addington yards cn Wednesday large supplies of sheep and pigs were received The entry of cattle was not more than an average one, and the attendance was not very numerous. Sheep—The low prices ruling for fat sheep seem to have little or no effect on the supply, as 'here was again a full market. The quality was very uneven, and although there were one or two lots of prime crossbreds, yet a very large majority were not more than second 1 ate. The trade was very indifferent as to purchasing, and could not be induced to buy except at a further reduction on late rate -, and as a matter of course a large number went unsold. - Good crossbred wethers sold at from 13s to 14s 6'l and for a small line 16s was paid. The quality, hbwev* r, was exceedingly goo , and being the only lot of such descriptio i on offer, the p: ice must be regarded as quite exceptional, and in no way indicating the true state of ihe market. Second rate lots realised from ios to J2s. Merinos, of which there were a very large number of inferior quality, brought from 61 to 8s 3d. We quote mutton at a little under 2d per lb on an average. The remarks made with regard to fat sheep apply even more forcibly to store sheep. The entry although large, was not so heavy as on the two previous weeks. A large proportion consisted of very inferior sorts. The sale was a wretched one throughout, and line after line was passed, and it was only with the greatest difficulty that sales could be effected at all. Cross-bred ewes sold at from 6s to ios pel; merino ditto, at from 2S to 53 6d, and crossbred lambs at 5s Bd, Cattle—The supply of fat cattle was not large, but still there was an increase on theen'ries of the past week or two. The sale, as usual, was enthely without arimation, and several lots were passed in. We have no alteration to report in prices, and quote from 163 to 18s per loolb as the current rate for beef. There was not much business done in store cattle, but a good demand still continues for dairy cows. Pigs— The pig yards were well filled, with a variety of sorts. For most lots t ere was a good demand, and, except in the case of small stores, late prices were fairly well maintained. Porkers sold at from 27s to 465; larger sorts at proportionate rates, and small stores at from 6s to 15s. .

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1515, 16 April 1885

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1515, 16 April 1885

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