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Messes H. Matson & Co. report:—

There were again moderate - yardings of stock and a good attendance Fat cattle showed a hardening of prioea, the fat sheen sale opened at an advance of about Is per head, and afterwards eased off to about last week's rates. Store sheep also sold well. There was a ken demand for fat pigs, espeoi ally for porkers and prices showed some im , provement. The entry of store sheep was a very pmall one, this o!as3 of stock being represented by a couple of pone of ewes with lambs, a pen of aged ewes near lambing, a couple of pens of wethers, and a small pen of hoggets.

Quotations are: — Fairly good hogget?, 15s 3d. Two and four tooth halfbred wethera 16s 9d to 17s 3d Two, four and six tooth wethers (very forward;, 19s 3d Four, Eix and eight tooth ewes, with good lambs, 11s, all counted Full and failing mouth ewes (in lamb), 12s 2d

Full mouth ewes, inferior, with lambs, 7s 6d, all counted The entry of fat whs slightly smaller than last week, eifeht races being filled. There was b good proportion ot prime wethers, a few pens of ewee and of merino wethers,.

The range of prices was ;— Extra prime wethere to 35s Prime wethere 23s to 29a Others 21b to 22s fid Merino wethers 18s 5d to 23s 10d Extra prime twes to 27s Prime ewes 20s to 25s 9d Others 17s 3d to 19a 6d ■ Hoggets 17s to 18a 6d A Peninsula sale was—F. Birdling (Bird ling's Flai),'s2 wethers at 30a to 35<-. The day's entry of fat cattle wa3 a medium one, being limited to 312 head, compared with 245 at the previous sale, 273 on August 26tb, 344 on August 19th, and 285 on August stb; Once more the quality was uniformly good, few indifferent animale being submitted, but the yardinc; did not include any exceptionally large cattle, as at some recent sale?, and consequpntly the top prices did not reach such high levels as were realised during the past few mrnths. Quotations are : — Ordinary steers, £8 5s to £12 10s. Extra steers, to £10 10s. Ordinary heifers, £6 7s 6d to £9, Extra heifers, to £12 10s. Ordinary cowf, £5 15a to £8 ss. Extra cowe. to £12 17s6d. Price per 1001b, 32s 6d to 40s. The yar'c ing of fat calves varies littlefrom week to w eek, the entry being the most consistent at the metropolitan market, ard at Wednesday's sale tbe representati on differed little' from that of recent markets. As usual there was a wide diversity in size and quality, but the demand was unaltered, and prices ranged irom 83 to 50s, extra to £4 7s 6d.

The yarding of store cattle *vas a small one, and, with the exception of a line of 51 two and threeryear-olds of mixed eexes, which realised £5 10s, the quality wa3 in different. For good sorts there was a free demand. , Quotations are:— Yearlings, 335. Fifteen to eighteen-months sorts, £3 14s 6d. Three-year eteere, £7 15s (passed). Threeiyear heifers, £4 7s to £4 15s. Cows £115s to £5 10s. Dairy oow3 were penned in fair numbers, but the majority were of a poor class.' The demand was unchanged, prices ranging from £3 103 to £8 105, extra good animals realisto £11 10s.

A medium entry of fat pigs were penned, and there ->was again keen competition, the demand for porkers being especially amm at eel, and prices for this class ihowed an ad* vance. Quotations are—

Choppers, 70s to 105s. Heavy baooners, 70s to 765. Extra heavy baconere, to 80s. Ordinary baconers, 55s to 603. Price per lb, s£d to 6d. Heavy porkers, 45a to 49^. Ordinary porkers, 383 to 425, Price per lb, 6J<3. . Store pigs came forward in fair numbers, and the demand showed a decided improvement, all: tha animals offered being sold readily. Quotations ate:— Large stores, 40s to 44s 6d, Medium! 32s to 38s. Small, 22a to 30s. Weaners, 143 to 183.

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COMMERCIAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4428, 11 September 1914

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COMMERCIAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4428, 11 September 1914

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