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There were moderate yardloga of stock and a good attendance. Fat cattle were ; easier and fat lambs were firm. 8tor« sheep were in large supply, especially lambs, and price* wtro much easier. STORE SHEEP. The yarding of store abeep «tas the lar_ •31 seen at the metropolitan market during tbe last nine mostbs, and it was not until tbe afternoon was well advanced that tho sale was completed. Lambs again formed tbe bulk ot the yarding, all grades being represented, but the majority showed clear evidenoe of tbe adverse weather conditions. From the outset prices were very distinctly below those ruling a week earlier, tbe only olniaes tbat beid their own being good twoewes and forward wethers. Despite tbe lower prio«s ruling it was clear that vendors wore out io sell, as few lines were passed. Compared with the prices ruiiog on January 12tb beggets showed a deoline 4>qual to 2s 6d per head. Qaotaaions are. — Good forward lambs, 13s Gd io 149 Id Medium lambs, iia to 13« 3d Light lambs, 5s Gd to 9s Gd Cnll lambs, 2s 9d to 4s 9d Forward two-tooth wethers, to 15) Id Backward four tooth wethers, 9s 3d to lis 3d Medium four and six tooth wethers, 13s to 15s Failing-mouthed ewes, 5a to 7a 5d Good two tooth ewes, 14a to 16s 8i FAT LAMBS. The yarding sf fat lambs was not qn'te so large as last week, and the quality wai abost the same. There was good compoti tion, and prices were firm at last week's rates. Tbe range was:— Prime lambs, 20b to 20a lOd Medium, 15s to 19. 6d >

Lighter, lis 6d to 14a 6d The chief Peninsula sales were—A R Fleming (Port Levy). 93 at 13s> 6d to 23a Id ; TjWare (Okain's Bay), 75 at 19=> Id to 21s 2d E Haines (Okain's B»y), 10 at 13s lOd to 21s; A D McDonald (Wainui), 161 at 18s 7d to 21a 7d; Goo twin Bros. (Pigeon Bay), 210 at 16a 8d to I9d 6d; H Gardiner (Purau). 14 at 16a 3d to 18i 9d; J F Buobanan (Little River), 40 at 17s lOd ; H Field (Port Levy). 39 at 11a 6d to 17s; Gebbie Bros. (Teddington), 37 at ISb Bd. There were between eight and nine races of fat sheep, and tbe quality was mostly 038.3 am, ewes again predominating. The range ot prices was: — Prime wethers 22s to 27b; olheraß Ids to 21a 6d

Merino wethers 15a Gd Prime ewea 21» to 26b Medium ewes, 16s 6d to 21s Lighter 10.-t to 16b The chef Peninsula sal-s were :—F G Birdliu. (Blrdiiog's Flat), 72 wethers at 23a 4d to 25» 3d, 56 ewes at 21b to 23s 3d: N A Menzies (Menzies* Bay), 55 wethers at 21s 4d to 22s 3d; J O Coop (Little River), 12 wethers at 2la 9d. 47 ewes ai.24* to 24s fid ; 0 Judson (Utile River) 33 ewe" at 2!e to 25« lOd : A X Fleming (Port Lrvy), 54 ewes at 19< 6d to 22s 2d; A Trepan (W-iuui), 100 ewes at 17* lid to 22i ;L M ilsun (Port Levy). 61 ew-g at 18* 4d to 2te Od; W. D. Macphail (W.tinui), 22 ewes at 19s 9d; A Harris (Little Rive ). 62 ewea at 14a to 19s 3d ; Woghorn ana Craw (Little Akaloa), 41 ewaa at 17a 7d to 19 * 3d; & Barnes {Jkain'e) 96 ewes at 15s lid to 19*; A H Salt (Pigeon Bay), 31 ewes at 18b 7d j FAT CATTLE. j The entry of fat cattle was an average one, I the yarding totalling 301 head, agah at 424 last week. 338 on January 6th, 287 on December 22nd. 355 on Deoember 15th, and] 314 on December Bth. Quality was fairly well represented, although as usual there was a proportion which lacked fin fh. Last week, it will be borne in mind, piicaa suf fered a decline equal to 2s 6d to 3j per 100!b compared with the prices current a week earlier; bat on Wednesday tbe market was unmistakably weaker, th* passing* being fairly heavy, and price* should a farther decline equal io Said per 1001b

Quotations are :— Extra prime item to £19 Ordinary iteeri £7 15a to £11 103 Extra prime heifers to £13 Ordinary batters £5 to £7 10; Extra prime sows to £13 17i 6d Ordinary eowt £6 to £8 lOi Price of beet psr 1001b 29s to 45i; extra to 80s

Tho chief Peninsula sales were:—Hon R & Rhodes (Oiahuoa) 33 steers at £9 to £10 17a 6d; S Nntt (Ataabua) 5 cows at £6 10» io £12 15s, 3 heifers at £8 to £12; (i G Holmes (Xnoeklyn) 8 steers at £12 7s 6d to £16 16*; O Holmes ( Pigeon Bay) 1 eteer at £15 17a 6d; J 0 Coop (Little River) 10

st ers at £17 to £18 15s ; J F Buchannn 8 heifers at £7 2s 6d to £13 10s; W Mfinzies, Menzies Bay, 10 steers at £12 to £13 lOi 6d, 3 heifera at £9 17a 6d, 2 cows at £9 and £11 17a 6d; R Craw, Chorlton, 3 steers at £7 15s to £13 10s, 'i cows at £9 to £9 5 . 2 heifers at £7 15 ; a McDonald, Wainui, 4 cows at £8 s^; G Stanbury, Little River 7 cows at &1 Ss to £11 7s 6d, 1 eteer at £5 12b 6ri.

Fat calves were once more in abundant ■ supply, the range of quality as at numerous , recent sales being extremely wide, Eome : animals being very young and small, whilst others were well grown, and should more ; appropriately have been penned in the store cattle section. Prices ranged from 8s to 60s, and for extra good sorts to 80s, STORE CATTLE. Store cattle came forward in fairly large numberß, but the demand except for oowb for potting purposes was weak, and tbe payings were consequently unusually haa\y, the sale being a decidedly dragging sine. Quotations ore :— Yearlings, £1 2s. Fifteen to eighteen months' sorts £212s 6d to fa-Two-year steerß, £4 sa. Two and a-half.year steers (good). £4 17b 6d. Two year heifers, £3 15s. Two and-a-half year heifers (good), £4 10s Three-year Bteers. £6 17s Gd to £8 Toreei-year heifers, £4 10s to £5 10s. Dry aowa. £2 10s to £7 10s. < DAIRY COWB. Tbore waa a fair representation of dairy cows, including some useful Borts, The de. mand was on the same basis as at the earlier prices ranging from £3 5s to £12 ss, a number of good cows changing bands at £9 15s upwards. PIGS. Fat pigs were rspreßented by a medium entry, but the supply was adequate for re. qairmonts. There was a free demand for good baeoners, but porkers met with a dull sale. Quotations were:— Choppers, 40s to 80s. Extra hoavy baeoners, 80s to 955. Heavy baeoners, 65s to 755. Light baeoners, 50s to 62s 6d. Kqual to 6d per lb. Heavy porkers, 36s to 425. 8 Light porkers, 28s to 345. Equal to 5d to 5Jd per lb. The yarding of stores was a very small one and the demand wbb weak, the high prioeß ruling for all olasses proving a deterrent Prices were :— Best stores, 27a to 32s Medium stores, 18s to 255. Small Btoreß, 10s to IGs. Weurncre, Is 6d to 6s 6d,

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COMMERCIAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3515, 21 January 1916

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COMMERCIAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3515, 21 January 1916

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