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LIVE STOCK MARKET.

» Messrs Miles and Co. (J..T. Ford auotloneer) per G. Jameson, agent, report as follows on the looal etook market for week ending April 2 : — Ashburtonbamandewefair: Theannual ABbburton Coutty Kam and Ewe Fair was held last Friday (Maroh 29) at the Tinwald aaleyards. There was a good attendance of farmers, dealers and others. Great scarcity of feed was oomplained of by most of those present, bnt the genial day following on a copious rainfall gave promise of a good Autumn growth of grass and roots, and imparted a fair degree of strength to the biddings for desirable lines of sheep. About 388 rams and 17,986 ewes were entered, and although the prices offered for some of the most Important lots of young rams were not suoh as would Induoe their breeders to part with them, other lots met with a olearanoe at fair values, and a aatifaotoay proportion of the ewes also changed hands at full ourrent market rates. Looal farmers were tbe principal purchasers, the lots which went paat them being almost exclusively old sheep for boiling down— whioh it may be said were somewhat out of place m a fair intended only for breeding sheep. The majority of tbe ewes were merlnoea from Amurl, which were bought with a view to breed otossbreda from them. There were also aome good lines of looally-bred crossbred ewes of which any sound mouthed lots met with ready sale. The farmers are evidently confident m the future of the export trade, and their purohaaes were made throughout with the object of contributing to the supply of "freez»s," They are doing well not to neglect sheepgrazlug although present prioes ol grain are so alluring. The large output of frozm mutton muat have its effeot apon tbe prioe of sheep, and there oan be no doubt tbat all good sheep will be materially dearer towards tbe Spring . Our catalogue comprised 225 rami and 7615 ewes and our sales (whioh may be aooepted as an index to the whole buaineas done) Included the following :— Rams : for Mr Palmer, 2-tooth Llnoolns, 6 at 2£gs, 15 at l_g, 2 at lg ; for Mr J. Bonlfant, 2-tootb English Leloesters, 3at 2_gs, Bat 2gs ; Alford Estate, 6-tootb Leloesters, 8 at 2sgs: '8-tooth do, 7at 2go j : for Mr B. B. Joffs, English Leicester ra_a lambs, 10 at lg ; and for other clients, 4-tooth Llnoolns, £ at lfg to 2iga ; 6-tooth do, 5 at I|^ j 8-tooth do, 12 at lg to 2^9 ; 22 6-tooth aud 8 tooth English Laioeaters, lg to 13 j j 8-tooth Border Leloesters, 3 at I J^ ; 8-tooth Shrops Downs, 3at |< ; brokenmouthed, various, 4a to 16j. Ewes : For Hon J. McLsan, 2600 full-moutbed, oroasbreds at 6j 4d, 425 do 4a 8d ; for Di Trevor, 116 4, 6 and 8-tooth merino ewei 3a 2d, 203 4, 6 and 8-tooth oroaabred ewei 7s Id j for Ohatmosa estate, 181 8-tooth oroasbred ewea 7a 6d ; for a ollent 168 4 and 6-tooth oroaabred ewes at 7s 3d, 59C do at 4a 91 ; for Mr B. Pitt, 414 aged oroasbred ewes 2a to 2 1 Id ; for an Amurl client, 500 sound-montbed merino ewes al 4 1 6d ; for Mr J. O. Wason, 250 aged crossbred ewes at 3s 2d, 800 aged merlnc ewea at Is 7d. Counts y Sale.— On Monday we held a sale of sheep, cattle, horses, Implements, eto, at Maronan station, Hinds. The weather wbb fine but tbe attendance was nol commensurate with the Importance of the aale and the quality of the stock offered. Coaches from Winslow and Hinds brought several buyers from north and south, bui looal farmers constituted a large majority of those present' All comers enjoyed a substantial lunoheon, and business was then entered upon. The entries amounted to 8500 sheep, 67 cattle, 19 pigs, 21 horses, and about 100 lots of Implements and sundries. Competition for the sheep was not briak, bnt only four lots failed to find buyers, the others selling at prloea equal to those ourrent at recent looal sales. Tbe sales oomprlaed :— For Mr O. J. Harper, Haoktborne, 1229 full-moutbed merino ewes at 2s 2d to 2s 4d ; 160 aged do at Is Id ; 330, 4, 6, and 8-tooth do at 2a lOd ; 317 2-tooth balfbreds at 7s 4d; Maronan Estate, 1217 full-mouthed merino eves, 2* 4i to 2s 6d ; 373 2-tooth balfbreds, 9s 7d ; 345 halfbred lambs, 4s 2d ; Oleanwell Estate, 204 full-mouthed merino ewes, 2s 6i ; Dlnda Estate, 450 three quarterbred lambs, 6s ; Hon W. S. Peter, 751 sound mouthed merino ewes, 4s 7d; Me W. C. Walker, 535 fullmouthed merino ewes, 2* 5d ; Mr G. B, Mabley 144 oroaabred lambs, 6a 6d ; and varlons lines of aged merino ewes at from Is Id to 2s. Ashburton Market.— -Very large entries of sheep oame forward for Tuesday's sales at the Ashburton Saleyards, upwards of 16,000 being offered. Business was fairly good, there being an active demand for good oroasbred lambs at Improving prices, and merino wethers m forward condition' selling well, while other descriptions brought last week's values. Among other transactions we sold 500 crossbred ewes, mixed ages, at 5s 4i to 5a 6d ; 274 oroaabred lambs at 9s ; crossbred ewes at 4s 10d, 5a Id ; oroasbred lambs, 5a 9d, 6a 9d ; Merino wethers. 4s lOd ; aged merino ewes, la Id, 1b 7d, la lid, 2a Id; fat merino ewes, sj. About 250 rams were penned. Longbeach English Leloesters were let at 2gs. eaoh or sold at 3gs. Other owners sold at varlons prices from 5s to 2£gs. Cattle : About 70 head offered j no Improvement m the demand ; we sold springers and cows to £4. Cattle met with very little competition, but a fair proportion were cleared at the low values now ruling. Pigs : Baooners sold at 37s 61, weaners, 6a 6d, sow 27a. Horses mostly constated of useful haoks. A 5 -year old gelding, by Kingfisher, sold at £15 ; a 3 year-old gelding, by Digby Grand, £11 ; aged haok, £6 ; aged ponies, £3 5s and £4. The Implements and sundries were In good order, and brought satisfactory prioes Hollowav's Pills.— Enfeebled existence —This medicine embraces every attribute required m a general and domestic remedy ; it overturns the foundations oi disease laid by defective iood and impure air. In obstructions or congestions of theljver, lungs, bowels, or any other organs, these Pills arc especially serviceable and eminently successful. They should be kept m readiness m every family, as they are a medicine without a fault for yo ing persons and those of feeble constitutions. They never cause pain, or irritate the most sensitive nerves, or most tender bowels. Holloway's Pills are the best known purifiers of the blood, and the best promoters of absorption and secretion, and remove all poisonous and noxious pa icl from both , plidi and fluids

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LIVE STOCK MARKET. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2101, 4 April 1889

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