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COMMERCIAL.

NEW ZEALAND LOAN AND MERCANTILE AGENCY CO.'S REPORT.

We submitted an extra large catalogue of hides, skins and tallow on Tuesday, all lines' meeting with keen competition at late rates. Hides: Market firm. We quote—Prime ox, 8d to 8J; extra stout ox, 7id to 7s; stout do., 6Jd to 7d; medium do., 5 7-8 dto 6}d; light do., oid to 6jd; cows', best lines, pjd to 5 5-8 d; good, 51d to 5 3-8 d; scored to sd; tips, 4Jd to sd; calfskins 5d to s}d; stags', 3Jd to 4d; damaged hides, 3d to sid. Sheepskins: .Market firm. Best butchers' skins, large to 5/6, good 4/ to 4/6, small .2/3 to 2/9; lambs' aud pelts, 2/6 to 3/2; inferior, 1/3 to 1/9.

Tallow: Market firm. Best mixed, to 25/; good, 23/6 to 21/6; inferior, IS/6 to 21/6; rough fat, ljd. to 1 o-8d per Ib. Bones, £4 15/. Cowtails, 1/8 per dozen. Horsehair, 1/1 to 1/5. Our next hide and skin sale will be held on April 20.

Wheat: In good demand-at 4/4 to 4/5. Chaff: The market ihas firmed at £4. This is only temporary.

Oats: Selling at 2/1 ex stoee. Maize: Selling at 4/4 ci.fi but slow of sale. Bran and pollard: In good demand at £4 5/ ajid £6 5/ ex store.

Onions: Stocks are light and the market firm at £6 10/.

Butter: The market is weak and depressed. Farmers' Ibest Quality, Sid; second grade, slow of sale, 7d. to 7Jd. Eggs: Eggs find a ready sale at 1/8. Fungus: 6d. per lb. Horses: At the Durham yards on Friday horses were yarded In full numbers, and sold under fair competition. Heavy draughts sold at from £26 10/ to £34; medium do., £18/5 to £26; hacks and light barness horses, «£5/5 to £17 10/; spring-cart, £10 10/; dray, 8. Cattle: At the Newmarket Yards on Tuesday there was a moderate yarding of dairy and store stock. Dairy cows sold at from £4 5/ to £8 10/; empty cows, £2 2/ to £2 IS/; steers, yearlings, £11/ to £1 IS/; calves 15/ ito £1 8/. Beef was yarded in full •numlbers, and sold under steady- competition at last week's rates. Oxen sold to 21/ per 1001*., and cows 17/ to IS/. Steers sold from £5 15/ to £10 2/6; cows, £3 10/ to £6 10/. A draft of 40 steers and stags, small tout well done, from F. Manning, lun averaged £8 10/9. Sheep: Sheep were yarded in scarcely average quantities; Wethers, 33/6 to 17/9; ewes, 10/6 to 15/; hoggets, 10/6 to 14/: lambs, 9/6 to 14/9. Pigs: Porkers sold at from 18/9- to £1 9/; weaners, 5/6 to 10/0; .baconers, £1 11/ to £2 8/. On Monday we held our ordinary Clevedon sale. There was a full yarding of cattle and sheep. Dairy cows sold at from £3 17/ to £4 10/; heifers £3 to £4 5/; empty cowe, £1 15/ to £12 17/6; calves 17/ to £1 15/; sheep, jywes, 7/ to 9/, wethers, 11/9; lambs, 7/3 to *8/3. Beef at Newmarket rates. SALE OF HIGH-CLASS SHEEP. """ Messrs Dalgety and Co.. Ltd., report having sold to Mr Charlton Dawson, of Te Akatea, 41 epecially selected Corrledale sheep, from the well known flock of Mr C. H, Ensor, Canterbury, consisting of one stud 2-tooth ram, 20 2-tooth flock rams, and 20 2-tooth flock ewes. These cheep arrived from Lyttelton on Thursday by the s.s. Waikare, on their way to Mr Dawson's Te Akatea estate, and were much admired by several good ludges. Mr Ensor's fleece wool, sold at the Christchurch January wool sale, fetched the top price of the sale," viz. lljd per Ib, and his pieces fetched Bjd per lb; while the average fleece wool of other good clips only realised about 7d per lb. We are informed that this Is the only etud flock of Coriedale sheep In the Auck-' land province. SALE AT NGARDAWAHIA. Messrs. Dalgety and Co. report:We held our usual monthly sale in the Ngaruawahia yards on Friday, the 2nd Inst we y arded ove r 200 head of cattle and 1400 sheep. There was a good attendance of buyers, and bidding was brisk throughout, most of the stock being sold at auction or privately immediately after ihe sale, with the exception of a small line of ewes and a few heifers. Prices realised were as follow:—Fat steers, £6; forward steers, £5 10/; 2-year-old steers 57/6 to 62/fi; 2ryear-old heifers, 27/6 to S2/6- empty heifers, £8; springers, £3 5/ to £4 10/; wethers, 4 and 6-' tooth crossbred, 6A to 11/; ewes, 2-tooth, 13/6; lambs from 5/ to 7/. SALE AT TE AWAIHJTU. The New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Co., Ltd., report:—We held our monthly, sale at Te Awamutu on Saturday last, when we had a full yarding of cattle, and, buyers being present, nearly all were quitted at satisfactory prices. Two to 25----year-old steers made up to £3 14/; 18----months do., in low condition. £2 1/- heifers. £1 12/6 to £2; 2-year heifers in calf. £2 15/ to £3; fat and forward cows, £3 18/ to £4 2/6; well-grown calves. £1 2/6 to £1 8/; others, 15/6 to 19/: pigs—weaners, 6/ 1 to 10/6; slips, 16/6 to 18/6.

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COMMERCIAL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 83, 7 April 1909

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