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Ashburton Live Stock Market.

Mr B. Thomas (late with Matson Cox and Co.)-reports on the live stock market m the Ashburton district for the week ending 10th October, 1890, as follows:— On Tuesday at the Tinwald yards 4430 sheep, 30 cattle, 1 pig wove brought forward for the day's requirements. Speaking of the sheep as a whole they were of a better class than have been entered for a very lons time, notably a line of hoggets bred by Mr Max Friedlander, sold by ••Messrs- Miles and Co., at 16s' 6d, which, as a line, it would be very difficult to bent m any part of Canterbury. For Mr P. Doig I sold also an exceptionally good line of half fat 4-tooth mixed crossbreds at 16s to 16s lid, which reflect great credit on the breeder. For Messrs Clarkson and Cameron I also disposed of very good lines of-forward graziers. The attendance of the public was good, and although at auction the biddings were not so keen as they have bee.i, still the agents managed to clear their catalogues at prices fairly satisfactory to vendors. My entries for thp day were made up of 2522 sheep, 21 head of cattle, and 1, all of which were sold, with the exception of two small lines of sheep, for the following clients, riz. :—Messrs Small, White, Houston, , Hayman, Swan, Smith, Griffiths, Bonnington, Hill,. Clarkson, Cameron, Davisori, Chapman Bros., P. Doig, Mcltohan, Me Mullen, and others, the following being the principal sales made : 26 fat sheep at 13s lOd; 120 crossbred wethers at 16s lid; 34 mixed sheep, 13s ; 38 do., 13s ; 500 crossbred 2-tooths at 15s ; 73 do at 14s ; 112 crossbred, mixed ages, 16s ; 82 crossbred hoggets, 13s ; 280 crossbred 4-tooth mixed sexes, 16s ; 15 cull merino ewes and Limbs, 6s lid ; 180 2 and 4-tooth crossbred ewes, with lamb at foot, 17s 4d ; 101 merino lamb, 9s Id ; 158 merino ewes at 9s; 250 full-mouth crossbred ewes and lambs, 13s 8d ; 20 fat crossbred "owes at 14s Cd. and 20 at 14s 4d ; 278 crossbred hoggets at 10s 9d, etc., etc. In cattle the demand was very slack, except for beef, which, for good quality, I quote at 22s 6d per lOOlbs. I sold 4 steers at '-£4 10s'each, 2 at £4 15s, 1 afe £5 7s 6d, lat £4 17s 6d, 2at£s 2s (kl. In stores, two 2 year old steers at £2 7s 6d each, 4 yearlings at 15s, 1 bull at 25s ; springers, 1 at £3 17s 6d, 1 at £4 15s, 2 at £3b#, etc., etc., and 1 pig at 20s. There is a lively demand for sheep of nearly every description, and if only a good fall of rain occurred just now a smart rise might be expected. Sellers think their sheep worth more than they are offered, nnd ■buyers are afraid of the weather, the difficulty being to bring them together. W001..-—The farmers throughout the district will no doubt have seen the result of the meeting held last Saturday at which it was unanimously resolved that the farmers present pledge themselves to «ond their wool to the Ashburton sales, s,nd failing a sale there, decided to ship their wool direct to London rather than be compelled by the boycott of the buying brokers to forward it to Christchurch. The merchants m Ashburton have mutually agreed to make no charge whatever upon any wool placed m their hands j f o T sale provided no sale is made by them, an< l" further they will be prepared to ship the wtH>l at the lowest rate of charges and make act vnnces upon ihe same up to its estimated value. Wool, JShbbpskins, Etc., Etc. To-day I held my usual fortnightly sale of wool, sheepskins, etc., at which I catalogued 1465 sheepskins and a few bags of wo»l. There was a small attendance of buyers bufc good and regular values were received resulting m a clearance of all lots at prices fully equal to late sales. Butchers best crossbred made ss'sd, 5s 7d, to 5s lid; 2nd quality 4s 6d, 4s 9d, ss, to 5s 4d. Small and inferior 2s 6d, 3s, 3s 9d, to 4s 3d. Butchers best merinos 4s 6d, ss, 5s 5d to 5s 7d each.; 2nd quality 3s 6d, 3s 9d, 4s to 4s 5d each. Besc dry skins 4s to 5s lOd each ; medium 2s 6d, 3s, 3s 6d, to 3s lid each. Pelts 9d to Is 6d each. Dryskins—large at 6d per lb. Wool made up to 7d per Ib. In land just now there is absolutely nothing doing. In Grain—Wheat is not so firm as it was 3 weeks ago, but my opinion is that later on higher values will rule because I think that a local demand will spring up. In oats sales are difficult to effect, but more enquiries have been made by specuJators lately, and they may rise later on.

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Ashburton Live Stock Market., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2541, 11 October 1890

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Ashburton Live Stock Market. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2541, 11 October 1890