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Tho amount of revenue collected at the Custom-house on poods olearnd to-d,w for om/mmntion was L 1,218 Its 2d; primage, L3*i 12s Od.

IS rakers’ reports and announcements may he inserted in this column on specially arramjed terms.] RABBITSKIN MARKET.

Messrs Arthur M‘Donald and 00. report as follows for the week ending Wednesday, 7th inst. :

It is to be regretted that pome of the lo™l auctioneers should have so little regard for the truth. For instance, we notice from a circular issued last week a report that there was sold a line of prime winter skins at 16d. This is not only untrue, but such reports must be misleading to country people connected with As a mat* cr of fact only three bags of rabbitski ns have been sold at auction in Dunedin since the commencement of the present season until time of writing at 16d per lb. To bear this out wo will make a present of LI,OOO to any auctioneer in Dunedin who can show that more than this quantity has been sold at auction in Dunedin during the last two months at 16d or any price exceeding IGd. The quantity of rabbitskins now being sold at auction is very small, for rabbitters and others are obtaining much better prices for direct consignment! to the buyers ; and we venture to say that unless tho premium charged the buyer is done away with, auction sales of rabbitskins will soon be a thing of the past, for, as far as we are concerned, wc guarantee much higher prices for direct consignments than those obtainable at auction under the present system. We still require a large quantity of skins, and we are in a position as regards the rabbitskin trade to return to consignors prices that no other buyer in New Zealand can attempt. This may appear tall talk, but facts are stubborn things. Note.— Mr T. R. Tanner is onr buying agent in the Lake, Waikaia, and surrounding districts.

STOCK AND STATION REPORT. Mr Donald Stronaoh (on behalf of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, Limited) reports for tho week ended August 7 as follows: —

Fat Cattle. Only 144 head were yarded to-day at Burnside, being ju-t about half the number forward last week, and of these no more than one-third would be considered prime, the balance being very little better than stores. Best quality, as usual, had a fa'r demand, and realised prices from 15 1 to 20a per head above those obtaining last week. Low quality had but little attention, and very difficult to place. Best bullocks brought L 8 10s to LlO 15s ; medium, L6l6s to L 8 sa; inferior and light, L3los to Lslos; cows, L3ssto L 7 17s 6d, one extra prime to L 9 2s 6d,

Fat Sheep.—This week’s supply comprised 750 merinoes and 3,346 crosa-breds, about equal proportions ewes and wether?, which in point of quality were not equal to last week’s entry. There was very little demand for freezers, and there being more than sufficient prime quality for both exporters and the trade, those dis» posed of were quitted at a reduction of 9d to Is per head, and several drafts turned out unsold. Medium quality wethers and old ewes had a dragging sale, the greater proportion of which were taken up by farmers. This has been the most u r satisfactory sale at Burnside for a considerable period. Best croas-bied wethers brought 13 1 to 15s 61; ordi nary, 9s to 12s 6d j best cross-bred ewes, 10s 6d to 12s Cd j a couple of pens extra prime, 13s 9d to 14s 3d; ordinary, 6s 3d to 10s; merino wethers, 4s 6d to 8s 3d. Wo sold, on account of Mr Robert Smith (Pukerau), two pens crossbred wethers, prime quality, at ISs GJ to 15s, one pen cross-hied ewes at 13s 91; Mr W. H. Mein (Woodslie), 35 cosa-bred wethers at 13s 3d, 50 do do at 11 a 6d, 90 do do at lls 3d, 70 do do atlOaOd, 170 do do at 10s; Messrs Wilson and Scst (Waihola), 02 cross-bred wethers, small, at lls to lls Od.

Pigs.—24B were yarded, the gi cater proportion porkers and baconers, the balance suckers and stores. A good demand was experienced for grain-fed porkers and baconers at slightly higher prices-all others had fair attention. Suckers brought 8s to lls 6d; stores, 20s to 2fis; porkers, 28a to 3Gs; baconers, 39a to 58 3 , extra heavy to 63a.

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COMMERCIAL., Issue 7980, 8 August 1889

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COMMERCIAL. Issue 7980, 8 August 1889

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