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Addington Live Stock Market.

[per press association]

Christchurch, May 7

The continued dry weather does not effect the business transacted in the market, but so far as fat sheep is concerned there is continued activity. • Today there was plenty of stock entered, and all was disposed of readily.

Store Sheep.—The entry was small in comparison with some recent sales. Merino ewes fetched from 3s 10|d to 5s ; two-tooth crossbreds, 8s 2d to 10s Id—the latter being a nice line, though small; halfbreds, mixed sexes, 7s to 8s 7d; mixed aged crossbreds, 6s 2d to f s lid.

Fat Lajebs.—There was a very fine entry of all classes, including some very prime pens, of which one realised as high as 16s. The general run of freezers fetched 11s 6d to 14s 9d. The ordinary trade supply ranged at from 6s to 9s 3d. Fat Sheep.—Nearly 5000 were yarded, but from the start it was clear that trade and freezing requirements would not be met. This raised competition. For the. best, suitable for export, a decided advance was made on former quotations. Nearly every sheep was sold that had any pretensions to rank as a freezer, and realised from, 2|d to 3Jd nett freezing weight, without skin, fat and offal being calculated in. Thus a sheep, either wether or maiden ewe, estimated to weigh when killed ready for freezing 551b, did not sell under 17s 6d, and so on in proportion. Old ewes, merino wethers, and other inferior classes of sheep that exporters left alone, sold at about 2jd to 2§d. Fat Cattle.—The sale of beef was a decided improvement on previous markets. ! There were 200 head entered, of which, though the majority was heifer beef, there were some prime steers. Best beef wes cleared at from 18s to 19s per lOOlbs, while inferior quality fetched considerably less.

Store Oattle.—There was a small entry of store cattle, comprising only odd lines of farmers' lots, principally dry cows, and a few yearlings. Prime dairy cows went up to £8 15s. Pigs.—There was a phenomenal entry of 800 pigs of all sorts, principally baconers. Prices declined in consequence.

Last year the death rate in the United Kingdom was the lowest on record. The monthly meeting of the Rukaia School Committee took place on Mouday. Present: Messrs Hardy (chairman), Dowling, Cordner, ! Liddy, Shannon, Oakley, and Clark. The master's report showed that the attendance was not so good as it ought to be, tlic average attendance being 159, while there were "208 names on the roll. It was resolved that the compulsory clauses of the Education Act l>e given clFect to if Ihe attendance of the children were not more regular in the future. It was also resolved that Monday, 26th of May, be a holiday in honour of the Queen's birthday. It was decided that applications be invited for the oilice of caretaker to the school for twelve months. Some small accounts were passed for payment, and the Committee adjourned.

A very pleasant evening was spent in the Wesicyiin Church ar. Watcrton on Wednesday, the entertainment talcing the form of a coiiee supper, with addresses by Kevds Blake, Gray, and Buttle, the latter yenlluman being in the ohair. The choir under Mr Prothcroe renderod some appropriate music at !'i'r.".T.>. M"- IV iV .liscoursed on missions i si- 1. !iv!i!"-'i'.'Mi i< '. >■ ■": Mrs Carey, the first missionary to India. Mr Gray gave a very interesting and eloquent address, tlie Bible and missionary work being the theme upon which he enlarged. Mr Buttle as chairman, happily filled that position, uiul announced the financial results of fche meeting to be X(i 10s, which would half pay t,hc ; 'IoV>L they were endeavouring to wipe out. I The refreshments were bountifully supplied !by some of the ladies of the AVesleyun Church, Waterton, viz., M'csdames Shutb, Edge, Stevens, Honeywell, Williams, find jProtheroc, and partaken <»F by a goodly [number, as the church was quite full, [visitors from Willowby, Ashton, aud Asliburton being present.

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Addington Live Stock Market., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2424, 8 May 1890

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Addington Live Stock Market. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2424, 8 May 1890

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