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On Friday afternoon at the Alexandra Hall, in the pretence of % fairly representative assemblage of buyers, the cbristchurch series ef wool sales was brougt to a successful close. It could not be expected, considering the limited offerings and the fact that no large clips were inclmded, that the attendance would be nearly as representative of the trade as at the earlier sales, and it was noticeable that several buyers who were promineifc at previous sales were •onspictons by their absence.

The aggregate •atal#»ue of the firms taking part in Friday , • sale totalled 2128 bales, compared with 5490 at the closing sale of the 1919 IS : series, and 10,579 ft year earlier, bat in 1911 12 it ihould be borne in mind five salei were held. From the statistical matter given below it will be seen that the season's catalogues aggregated 54,814 bales, an increase of 1850 bales compared with the previous year, and constituting a record for Ohristchurch.

Although the wool offered did nof t as is always the case at the concluding sale of the season, compare favourably with that; offered at the earlier sales, it was, nevertheless, of gooi quality, and certainly equal to the standard «f recent years Moat of the wool was comparatively flean »nd free from any deleterious mutter, bufc, of course, much of it was heavier in the grease ihnn tbii' offered »l thu .begiuriiny »t

ibt The sale opened buigkly, and there

was keen competition throughout, all classed of woolselliog freely ab from par to andin exceptional instances np to £d per Ib above last sale's ratef, the greater. iaiproveiii9ni being noticeable for the better lots of half bred on offer. There was a fair sprinkling of lambs' wool, but, though this was fairly well competed for, some few lote were passed, the prices offered being somewhat below the parity of tione at notbern sales. Merinoes sold well, but the absence of one or two of the outside mills prevented a repetition of the high prices paid at the previous sale It may be said, also, that the quality tf tbe mer mo was below that of the previoui tale. Most of the few withdrawals were lambs'wools. Bec*nd piecei, • which were somewhat neglected at the Feb ruary sale, sold more freely on Friday, the best prices bringing full rates. Merino wool realised 8d to 12& d compared with Bfd to 13$ dat the February sale and B£d to 12d at the closing sale of the 1913 13 leries, but the lower range is easily accounted for by the disparity in quality. The range of half bred was from 9£d to 12f d, quifca a goodly number of clips ! making 12d and upwards, the figures for the February sale being BJd to 13£ d, and at the dosing sale last year 7ffi to 18fd. The top prioe • fftchpd for three quarter bred was 11JI and tbe lowest 5Jd, the figures c»r iho February «afe raDginjf from 'and at the correppord -ng Rale in 1918 from 7* te Gross bred ranged from 7fd to lid, against B£d to life! at tb» February sale and 9£d to lOfd at the closing sale of the 1912 13 series.. Little long wool was offered and prices ran oin Bfd to 9|d, the lime prices as at

tbe February . lale. Corriedale, of which there was only a limited iipply, was again in etrong request, bidding being very keen. Bale* ranged from lOd to against to 12|d a month earlier, and 9£d te 18fd at tbe closing sale last year. '

Below will be found the Dumber of bales effered by each firm at Friday's sale: — Balee. Mesßrs Da'gety and C 0,.. .. .. 902 Messrs Pyne and.Co. .. .. .. 562 ■> Z Farmers' Co-operative Association 386 Messrs H Matson and Go 112 National Mortgage and Agency Co. .. 95 N,Z, Loa« and Mercantile A jency Co. 71 Total ' .'. ... 2128 The following table ibowi tbe number of bales offered at tbi final sales during recent years : —

Bales. February, 1905 .. ..3437 January, 1996 (second salt) 8252 February, 1907 .. .. 3206 February, 1901 .. .. 7708 February, 1969 .. .. 4697 February. 1910 . .. .. 2327 January, 1911 -.. .. 4472 February, 1912 .. .. 10,579 February, 1913 .. .. .6490 March, 1914 ..... ... 2128 , The table given below ibows the total number of bales offered in Cbrißtcburch at the varioea series during recent years:— Season. Bales, 1904-5 .. .. .. 43,974 1905-6 5t.680 1906-7 .■■'.. .. .. 4S.MO 1907.8 .. .. .. 41,821 . 1908 9 .... .. .. 49,643 ■' -1909-I*. .. .. • ♦ 53,194 191011 .. .. .. 52,473 . 1911-12 4(5,874 1912-13 .. ..- .. 52,964 1913.14 54,814

Below will be found a table giving the number of bales offered by each of the Tarioun firmi at the Christchurch teries of wool iales which closed on Friday :—

Bales. Messm Pyne and C». .. .. 15,601 NZ Farmers'Co operatiT* A«sn. ... 11,585 Messrs Dalgety and Co 10,605 Messrs H. Matson and Co. .. ' .. 7,784 National Mortgage add Agewej Co 5,i71 N.Z ' oan and Mercantile Agenej Co. 2,265 Messrs Priedlander Broß 1,903 Total .. .. ~ .. 64,814 Underneath it giren the range of prices for the leveral graies of wools at the third taie of the leason, anil also at that held on Friday :— February. March Merino-r i> d. d. i. Super •. 12|toI3£ None efftred Medium to good lt| t« Id lO£ to 11£ Inferior .. l|till 8 to If Halfbred— Super .. 11 t* 13£ 11 to 12| Medium to |O«d 10 to Iff 10 to 10$ Inferior .. Ijt to 9| 9£to If Ihree quarter.bred—' Super .. None off d. None eff'd Medium to gooi 9 J t» 11J 9& t. 11| Inferior .. 7J t» 9 5* Croisbred— Super .. 10 to 11£ 10 toll Medium to good 8} to 9| 8| to 9| Inferior .. None off'd 7§ to 8| Lonjwoil- .. " 8f to 9 J ' BJte % OorHedale— Super .. 12£tol2£ 12 to 12* Medium to good 104 to 12 10 to llf Inferior .. 8J to 10J None off'd Down WoolSuper .. None off'd. None off'd Medium to good 9| to 11£ Hi to IQ| Inferior .. None off'd None off'd Pi eceE — Merino .. 7 to Ug fig to 9J Cross-bred .. sto 8| Sj to 7| Threequarterbred 5J to 9 — to 5 Balfbred .. 6 to 11 J 6 to 11 Cerriedali .. None off'd 8J to 12 Locks .. 4 to CJ ?*to H Bellies .. 9 to 9 7J to 8J Crutchings .. 6 to 8£ 5| to Scoured merino wools made 195 and lanbe wool Bid to lid. Below will be found the range of prices at the.corresponding salei held in 1912 and 1913:—

February February 1912 1912 d d d d Merino - Super .. 10 to U i 11} to 12 Medium to good 9to 9| 10 to 11 Inferior .. 7f to 8f f£ to 5f Halfbred— Super.. ... Uitoiaj 12Jtol3| Medium to cooi *i to ll| 10 J to 12 Inferior '.. N«n* off*. 7| to 10J Tkree-quarter-krei— Super .. . • None offd. 11 to 11 J . Medium to s»»d 9to 10 10£cJ to 11 Inferior .. 7 to 8? 7to 10 Cross bed— „ . „ Super .. .. None offd. lO.| to 10J Medium to good BJd to 9J, 9| to 10 loferior.. .. e| to « 9Jd to 9J Longwool— Super .. .. »to 102 None oSd. Medium to good 7J to 8J 9to 9£ Inferior.. .. None offd. None offd. Cori'ieduls—• Super .. .. None offd. 11J to 12| Medium to good 10 to 11J 9ftom Inferior.'. .. 8J to 9} None offd. Down Wool— ,„ , ,„, Super .. .. None offd. 12 to 12J Medium to good 9| to 10 10J to 11J Inferior.. .. 8 to 9£ None offd. Pl Meri7o.. .. 6| to 9f 7AtolO* Oross-bred .. 44 to 8j SftolO Halfbred „ 4 toll , £M° 11 , Belliee ~ .. 4fto 8| sto 9| o.ke .. .. *i'*o 6i 4to 6 Crniohißgs .. sto 6f sto 8J

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CHRISTCHURCH WOOL SALE, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4379, 17 March 1914

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CHRISTCHURCH WOOL SALE Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4379, 17 March 1914

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