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TO THB EDITOR. Sir,—l am sorry to trouble you, bufc when! see such misstatemenfcs as appeared m your paper lasfc night, signed " Father of a Family," I think it my duty to myself and family, and to the public, to correct the misrepresentations, as they are very misleading. *' Father of a Family " says butchers have risen beef 7d and steak 7£d. This is not true. If you will kindly look up prices as advertised, you will find that the little part of a beast called rump steak is charged 7d per lb, and all other steak the same price as heretofore. Your correspondent would like the public to believe that we are charging 7d per lb for roasting beef, which is not according to fact. We have risen sirloin cuts from 5d to 6d, and, with the exception of a fewprime cuts off the ribs, all other cuts are, if anything, lower. He also says that 8001 b beasts were sold m the yard for £5 ss. I may state with truth that this is incorrect, for there has not been a beast offered at either of the local yards that weight for at least two months, with the , exception of one heifer that I bought at last Tinwald sales, for which I paid £9, and it did not weigh 8001 b. Now, Sir, see ! the difference between £5 and £9. Your correspondent again says "the pick of sheep were sold at 12s 6d, average weight 601b5." I will ask auctioneers, dealers, j or any one who is a judge, to bear me out when I say there were no pens of fat sheep m the yards weighing anything l like 601bs, with the exception of some pet j sheep, which were sold at about 20s to 24s each, and one large line of sheep nearly "freezers," but not weighing 601bs, for which the owner declined to take 17s per head at auction. I think ifc is a great; pity that persons writing letter to the newspapers do not confine themselves a little to facts. I would like " Father of a Family," with his family, or anyone he chooses, to come to my place of business, and I will prove to them that for over two months I have not made enough out of butchering to meet my expenses. I would be glad to sell or let my business to "Father of a Family" at a very small price.—l am, etc.. James Taskbr. P.S.—Since writing the above, I have killed the beast which I stated could not go SOOlbs. It weighs just 8081bs m the dressed carcase.—J.T.

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THE PRICE OF MEAT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890

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THE PRICE OF MEAT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2510, 5 September 1890