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Mr D. Thomas.

Mr D. Thomas (late with Matson, Cox, and Co.) reports upon the Live Stock Market m the Ashburtou District for the week ending 17th October as follows :— On Tuesday at the County Saleyards the usual weekly sale of live stock was held. There was ft very large attendance of farmers, dealers, and others, most of them wearing an anxious look, the basiseof moat conversations being the absence of the long wished for rain. A howling nor'wester (one of the old sort) blew persistently all day, making it very disagreeable alike for the onlookers and the auctioneers—more especially the latter. The catalogue preI sented for the day's business waa a very full one, and notwithstanding the disagreeable day, the result, as a whole, must be considered satisfactory, clearly proving that a very considerable number of properties m this county are very much under-stocked, for had such not been the case a distinct, drop m values must have resulted, but I am glad to say no such drop can be reported. The total entries for the day consisted of 6691 sheep, 30 head of cattle, and 10 pigs, of which I offered and sold 4854 sheep, 13 head ] of cattle, and 10 pigs, for the following clients, viz., Messrs J. Gardiner, W. B. Clarkson, F. Bonnington, Jas. Dent, Smith and Allen, P. Roberts, W. F. Allen, J. Johnstone, G. W. Leadley, A. Frisby, S. Boyle, N. Welsh, W. H. Parsons, W.CJray, Swarm and Kennington, Silcock, Mrs Aitkeu, S. Knox, J. Allison, D. McKendry, R. Gillespie, and others, and my principal sale s were ; For Mr J. Gardiner, 140 crossbred sheep, 16s 4d to 16s 6d : 206 crossbred twotooths at 13s 6d ; 48 crossbred hoggets at 13s 9d ; and 29 culls, 295. For Mr W. H. Parsons, a grand line of 102 four-tooth crossbreds at 16s 7d ; and 17 mixed sheep at 133 Bd. For Mr P. Roberts, 70 merino wethers, 10s 6d to 103 lid. For Mr Dent, 326 crossbred 11s sd; and 122 store merino wethers, 7s Id. For Mr F. Bonnington, 160 merino wethers at 14s to 14s Id. For Mr Jas. Johnstone, 44 crossbred two-tooths, at 13s lOil. For Mr W. F. Allen, 40 merino wethers at 12s Id to 12s 6d. For Smith and Allen, 318 crossbred hoggets at lls. For Mr W: B. Clarkson, 1100 merino wethers at 9s 2d to lls 10(1; 74 crossbred hoggets at 7s lOd. For Mr A. Frisby, 176 merino ewes with lambs at foot, 9s Id. For Mr Johnstone, 121 crossbred hoggets at 9s 8d ; 58 merino ewes with lambs at foot, 7s 9cl. For Mr S. Boyle, 209 crossbred ewes, with lambs at foot, 16s. For Mr N. Welsh, 414 crossbred hoggets at llsGd; 156 do. at 10s lOd; 127 do. at 8s 3d. For Mr W. Gray, 107 merino ewes with lambs, at 8s 9<l. For Swarm and Kennington, 305 merino ewes with lambs at 8s 6d ; and IV 1 r W. Dalgety, 200 imrino ewes with lambs at foot, 10s each, &c. In Cattle, I sold two head at £4; tAVO at £6; two at £6 7s 6d; two at £2-16s and £6 10s ; and one at £5 15a. The pigs were not sold. Taken all round it was a successful sale. Wool ami Sheepskins.—Last Friday at my stores, West street, Ashburton, I held my usual fortnightly sale of sheepskins, &c, at which I catalogued 1461 sheepskins and a few bags of wool. There was a small attendance of buyers, but good and regular values were obtained, resulting m a total clearance of all lots at prices fully equal to late sales. Butchers' best crossbreds made 5s oil, 5s 7<l to os lid each ; second quality, 4s 6d, 4s 9d, 5s to 5s 4d each; small and inferior, 2s 6d, 3s, 33 9cl to 4s 3d each. Butchers' best merinos, 4s 6d, ss, 5s 5d to 5s 7d each; sscoml qrality, 3s 6d, 3s 9d, 4s to 4s 5d each. Best dry skins made 4s to 5s lOd each ; medium, 2s 60, 3s, 3s 6d to 3s lid each ; pelts, 9d to Is Od each ; dry skins, a large line at 6d per lb; wool m bags made up to 71b alb. Wool Sales. —During the week the local selling brokers have been busily engaged emptying their stores of grain so as to be ready for the forthcoming local season, and they now confidently ask farmers to inspect for themselves, and say whether the complaint of the buying brokers as to proper lighting can|in any way be sustained. '

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Mr D. Thomas., Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2547, 18 October 1890

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Mr D. Thomas. Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2547, 18 October 1890