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IHAMILTON . STOCK MARKET Messrs. "T. H. Laidlaw and Co. re ..port under date Friday, 20th April: Only a light yarding of fat sheep were penned for our market to day, consist ing ofL merino and comeback wethers, .from good to prime quality, also a few pen of lambs. There was an average a'tendance of buyers, and for all prime quality the demand was keen, but medium sorts were slightly easier, and prices for such were a shade lower than before Easter. Quotations - Prime. merino wethers to 16s 8d, medium mer ino neethers to 13s 6d, good comeback wethers from 14s to 17T, good cross bred and j ahropshire lambs from 121 9d to 14s. Store sheep-About 5400 came forward, - including some good lots of ewes and weaners. There was a smaller attendance than usual, and at the opening sales very few were present; however, the demand through out was good, and bidding brisk, prices obtained being quite equal to late ruling rates. Fat cattle-30 cows and heifers were yarded, of medium quality, nothing prime being penned, and competition for same lacked animation, in consequence a good many were with drawn, prices being hardly up to late rates, but good quality will always realize full values. Store cattle-About 130"yarded, including 2 and 3 year old steers, and some nice springing cows and heifers. There was a fair demand, sellers in most cases meeting the market, and a fair clearance was effected, but the prices were hardly up to the expectations. Our sales were as follows:-On account H. Mibus, Hochkirk, 50 prime merino wethers at .16s Sd, topping the market, and 3 fat merino wethers at 13s 6d; W. Petschel, Hochkirch, 20 crossbred ewes, 4 years old,-in lamb "to Lincoln rams, large frames at 7Is lid; G Petschel, Hock kirch, 64 merino weaners, well grown, splendid condition, at l1s 8d; Mrs S. Finn, Penshurst, 222 heavy cross ewes, 5 years old. in lamb to Lincoln rams, fair condition, at 14s ; T. Mahoney, Dunkeld, 44 crossbred ewes, 4yrs 'old, in lamb to Ideal rams, good condition, at 15s 3d; J. Loughnane, Hamilton, 56 crossbred ewes, in lamb to Lincoln rams, Syre old, at 16s Gd; E. A. Bayley, Croydon, 140 crossbred and comeback weaners, well grown, good condi'ion at 12s ; J. and B. Edmonds, 3 crossbred weaners at 11e 93; J. Ferrier, Coleraine, 35 crossbred wethers, 6 tooth, forward and fat, at 19".; T. Kerr, Grijurk, 68 merino ewes, aged, in lamb to Shropshire rams, small frames, at 12s. Cattle-We sold on account of T. M. Kennedy, Bamilton, dry cow £3; S. Hannah and Sons, Violet Creek, forward springer £5 7s; G. Petschel, Hoch kirch, heifer, -lyre, £3 10s, bull, aged, at market rates, W. ii. Crawford, Hamilton,' 2 guaranteed cows, with calves at foot at £5 10 ; E. A. Bayley, Croydon, 9 fat cows at £6 5s; F. Healy, Wando Vale, 2 springing heifers at £5 6s, springer £4 16%,3 forward springing cows at £4, springer £4, and 2 backward springers at £3 5s. We held our usual fortnightly sale of stock at our yards, Macarthur. on Wednesday last, 18th insr, when we had a record yarding of 5132 sheep and 443 head of cattle. The sheep yarded consisted of some well brid lines of comeback and crossbred ewes, showing well in lamb, several good lots of merino and come back wethers, crossbred and comeback weaners of nice quality. A good at tendance of buyers were -present from all parts of the surrounding district, but competition was hardly so brisk as our previous sale. However, we were able to dispose of the-bulk of those yarded, and for all good lines of breeding ewes and young sheep there was a keen di niand, but for indifferent sorts the market showed a downward tendency. The cattle comprised some well bred lots of steers from 2 to 4 years old, dairy heifers 2 and 3 years, forward springers, store cows, about 40 fat cows and heifers, and a large number of yearling steers and heifers. Special buyers were in attendance, and competition was good throughout, especially for dairy beifers and rprin gers, those yarded meeting with a ready sale; and we disposed of the bulk of our yarding. Fat cattle also sold well, at prices showing a decided improvement on previous sales. Our sales were as follows :-Sheep-On account of J. T. Sharrock, bit Napier, Hamilton, 14 fat comebaek wethers at 17s; E. A. Bayley, Croydon, Condah, 84 crossbred ewes, 2, 4 and 6 tooth, in lamb to Lincoln rams, splendid condi tion, at 17s 4d, 190 crossbred ewes, 4 tooth, good frames, in lamb to merino rams, at 16s 3d, 76 crossbred wethers. 2 tooth, forward condition, at 14s, 68 crossbred ewes, 4 and 5 years, in lamb to pure merino rams, at 12s, 72 come back ewea, 6 and 8 tooth, in lamb to merino rams, fair frames, at als 4d, 20 merino ewes, aged, in lamb to merino rams at 7s 10d; A. E. Melville, Werrangourt, 47 fat crossbred ewes, at 16s; John Mills, Mt Eccles, Mac arthur, 41 comeback ewes,-4 tooth, in lamb' to pure Shropshire rams, good condition, at 14., 41 comeback wethers .4 tooth, good condition, at 14se; W. S. ralesed, Myamyn, 42 crossbred ewes, 6 and 8 tooth, in lambt&oShropshire --rams, at 14s 3d, 51 comeback wethers, 4, 6 and 8 tooth, forward condition, at .. 15s, 41 crosebied weaners at 10l 6d; Mrs M. McKenzie, Condah, 38 4 year old crossbred ewes, small frames, in Iamb.to Shropshire rams, at 12s 6d; Jas E. Mitchell, Wallacedale, 14 fat crossbred ewes 'at 13s; Mrs Thomas Fahey, Macarthur, 137 comeback ewes, 3 and 4 years, in lamb to pure Shropshire .'rams,--small frames, at 12s 6d, 18 comeback ewes, aged, in lamb to Shropshire rams, small, at lle; A. M'Grath, Catongo - Park, Orford, 275 firstclass ewes, 4 years, in lamb to Lincoln rams, splen , did condition and large frames, at 18s -6d, 3 Lincoln rams at £3; W. A. Kelly Penshnrst, 127 comeback ewes, 6 tooth, in lamb to Lincoln rams, at -1~s 2d; Angus M'Donald, Elder Park, Macarthur, 81 crossbred ewes, 6 and 8 tooth, in lamb to pure Shropstire rams, good condition at 14s 5d, 84 crossbred weaners at 11s 4d; E. Storer Branxhome, 37 crossbred ewes, 2,-3 and 4 years, in lamb to Lincoln - rams, at 13o 7d, 32 crossbred weaners, small, at 10s Sd; John Oasey, Mac arthur, 44 aged merino ewes, in lamb to -Lincoln rams, at Ts; J. Falken berg, Byaduk, 16 fat comeback ewes a.t 18s Id; W. and A. Forsyth, Bya duk, 50 fat crosabred owes at 16s 10d, 170 comeback ewes, 4 and 5 years old, AiBrge,frames, in lamb to Shropshire "d Lincola rams, st 16t 6d; James J. Smith, EByaduk, 15 comeback ewes, 5 years, in lamb to merino rams, at 12s 3d; Jno. Garry, juan., Oondah, S143 merino wethers, 4 years, fair con dition, at 11i 2d; James Stokes, Hawkesdale, 117 2 and 4 tooth come back ewes, in lamb to Lincoln rams, good condition, at 13s; James T. Reid, Maccrthur, 114 comeback ewes, 2 and 4 tooth, in lamb to pure Strop shire rame, at £14s 8d; M. Ryan, Crford, 10 comeback ewes, ewes, 2 and-3 years, in lamb to Shropshire and Lincoln rams, splendid condition, large ,frames, at 14e; J. T. Kerr, Pleasant Banks, B:oadwater, 60 merino and comeback swes, 2, 4 and 6 tooth, in lamb to Lincoln rams, at 12s, 175 comeback ',eaners, well-grown, at 11s 4d, 19 crocsbred weaners, heaviilly woolled, at 13s Gd. Cattle-We sold on account of T. Vaughan, Dondah, fat cow, £6 7s, fat cows at £6 4s; James hi'Combe, Wallace dale. fat now £5 18s Gd; J. Bryan,
Macarthur, fat cow £5 19s; It. J.3 Bryan, Macarthur, fat cow £5 15a; Angus McDoinald, Elder Park, -19 heifers from 2 to 3yrs old, in calf to shorthorn bull, at £3 9s, 19 heifers, 2lyrs, in calf to shorthorn bull at £2 10s; J. Hona, Macarthur, 15 heifers, 1.yrs, at £I 15s; Geo. Butler, Glen gleeson, Broadwater, fat cow £5 13s, Durham bull £2; aged bull 27s 6d ; T. R. Carty, Eumeralla West estate, fat cow £5 12s, 12 steers, shorthorns, 2j and 3yrs, at £3 7s; J. W. Walker, Penehurst, cow and calf £5 17s Gd; E. A. Bayley, Croydon, Coodah, 10 forward springing cows, in calf to shorthorn bulls, at £5 5s, 3 springing cows at £4 10s, 16 heifers, 2 and 3yrs, in calf, at £3 17e 6d, 9 heifers, 2 and 3yrs, at £4 15s, dry cow £2 10s, 8 yearling steers at 30s, 22 yearling heifers at 25s, dry cow £3 0s, heifer, 2yrs, £2 s ;-Porter Bros, Mt Eccles, Macarthur, springer, £4, heifer, 2yre, £3 ; Hi. Addinsall, Ma. Eccles, Mac arthur, '3 -bullooks, 3yrs, forward condition, at £4, yearling steer 37a, dry cow £1 2s 6d; James Stokes, lawkesdale, 12 heifers, 2 and 3 yrs, in calf, at £2 15s, 9 heifers, 2yrs, at £1 17s, 9 steers, 2jyrs, at £2 2s, 6 small steer calves at 12s ; H. W. Smith, Byaduk, 3 springing heifers, 3 yrs, at £3 5S; D. Robertson, Fernbank, Macarthur, springer £23; Geo. Dyson, .?roadwater, forward springer £5 17s 6d, springer £4- 10 ; A. Harman, Byaduk, fat cow £4; W, and A.. Forsyth, Byaduk, 10 he fens, 2 yrs old, at £2 5s; 7 steers 1yrs, at £1'15 ; J S. 'Willsher. Broadwater, forward springer £6, 2 steers, lyr, at 18s; owner, 9 steers, 2jyrs~ at £2 3s. On Thursday, 19th .int, we held a special sheep sale at the corpora-. tion yards, Hamilton, in conjunction witl Young .Bros,-wl}en we yarded. about -23,000 sheep.. Owing to the continued- dry weather and several special sales being held elsewhere that day, the attendance was not as good as usual, but we had several good buyers who competed freely for every lot, and taking everything into consideration the sale was a. most successful one, nearly 13,000 sheep being sold nnaer the hammer at prices equal to late ruling rates. The scales were as follows :- On account of P. FPry, Victoria Valley, 228 merino wethers, 4 and 5 years, good condition, and frames, at 12s 6d;.Hugh Cameron,. Calstock, 1006 comeback weaners, fbir condition, at 10a 9d, 700' comeback weaners at 10a 10d, 110 halfShrop-" shire weaners, well grown, good, con dition, at Illilld, 43 half-Shropshire weaners, well grown,: good lot, at 12s Ed, 240 crossbred weaners, well grown, good condition, at 10-10d, 272 heavy crossbred ewes, 2, 3 and .4 years, in. lamb to Lincoln rams, large frames, at 19s 6d, 325 crossbred weaners, welL grown,splendidcondition,atl3s 10d,150 comeback weaners, well grown, at 13' 3d, 107 crossbred- ewes, 2, 3 and 4 years, well in lamb -to Lincoln rams, large frames, at 163, .149 crossbred wethers, 2 and 4 tooth, large frames, at 14s 9d, 56 crossbred ewes, 4 and 5 years, well in lamb to Lincoln rams, large frames, at 13s 103; R. Shilcock, Oavendish, 637 merino wethers, 4 tooth, fair condition, at. 12a ; H. W. Trangmar, Wannonlea, 95b halfShrop shire ewes, 2 tooth, large. frames' and fat, in lamb to Shropshire rams,!et "8s ld, 90 comeback ewes, 6 tooth, well in lamb to Shropshire lambs, at 17s 8d, 313 comeback ewes, 6 tootb, in lamb to Shropshire rams, large frames, at 16s 7d, 467 merino ewes, 5 years; in lamb to pure merino rams,:at 10s 6d; Jno. McArthur, Victoria Valley, 975 merino wethers, 4 years.. old, large frames and splendid condition, at 13s 93, a good line, showing breeding and quality ; Mrs Clara Millard, Milltown, 223 merino and c-back ewes, 4 and -5 years, in lamb to Lincoln rams, fair condition, at -il, 475 'erind wethere, 2 tooth, good condition, at 11.s 5d; Jno. Hadden, Cavendish, 750 .merino weaners, well-grown,_ very nice even line, at 12s 4d, 55 comenack weithees 2 tooth, well bred, forward.and fat,=at 15s 3d; A. Cameron,. 'Fleetwood, Hamilton, 195 merino ewes, 4 'tooth, forward, in lamb to merino rams, 'at 14s 5d; exors. Thos. Brown, Meadow. lands, 402 heavy croise ewes, 5 years, large frames, splendid condition, in lamb to Lincoln rams, at 16s 6d, 134 crossbred ewes, 5 and 6 years large frames, in lamb to Shropsabire and Lincoln rams, at 14s 7d, 13 aged cross bred ewes in-lamb to Lincoln rams:at 1Is; Geo. Devereaux,'Winniburn,=112 crossbred wethers, 4 tooth, good con dition, at 13s7d; Napier .Bros., Vic: toria Valley, 244. merino we'theis,' 4 years, fair conditidn; at 12e 3d; P. G. Docherty. 215 merino ewes, 5 and~ 6 years, fair frames, in lamb to merino rams,-at lls Gd; W. A. Kelly, Pens hurst, 645 comeback ewes, -5 years,. good condition, large frames, in lamb to Shropsihioe rams, at 14s; Jno. Loughnane, Hamilton, 665 merino ewes, forward, in lamb to Shropshirs rams, 12s-2d ;E. J. Balkin, The Per. ricale, 74- : merino ewes, 4-tooth, in' lamb to pure merino rams, good con dition, at 12s 8d; P. Balkior Hamil. ton, 476 merino wethers, 4 years, for ward and fat, large frames, at 13s Id; 204 merino ewes, 4 years, in lamb to merino rams, fair frames, at 1ls 10od. 189 8.Shropshire weanerb, well grown, at 10s 8d, 117 merino ewes, 4 tooth, in lamb to Shropshire rams, at 12s 1d; T. Dunphy, Tarrington, 15 fab come back wethere, at 15s 9d, 79 heavy crossbred weaners; fat, at 14s 3d, 37 merino ewes and wethers, 3 and 4 yrs, forward condition, at 14s 7d; Jno. Christie, Byaduk, 65 comeback ewes, 3, 4 and 5 years, .in lamb to Lincoln rams, 14s 10d; H. Y. Moore, New lands, 136 crossbred ewes, large frames, in lamb to Lincoln rams, at 148, 330 comeback ewes, 3 and 4 years, in lamb to Lincoln rams, good condition, at 14s 2d ;J. and B. Edwards, Hamil ton, 440 comeback weaners,well grown, spleudid condition,, at lis 9d, P. Neeson, Hamilton; "317 crossbred weaners, small, in fair condition, at 9s 5d; A H. Gorman, Oroxton East, 124 comeback ewes, 5 years in lamb to Lincoln rams, fair condition, at uls; J. D. Hartwich, Wattle Park, 63 heavy cross ewes, 6 and 8 tooth, large frames, in lamb to Shropshire rams, at 2le, 124 wethera 4 and 5 years, fair condi tion at 10,; 107 comeback wraners, small, at 8s 6d. Privately we have sold outside during the fortnight-On account of Robt. A. Staughton, Eumeralla estate, 800 comeback ewes, 5 years, in lamb to Lincoln ramp; for. ward condition; John McKellar, Bo chara estate, 650 6-tooth comeback wethers, in forward condition; Jams. M. Simmons I.ovatdale estate, 640 mer ino ewes, rising 4 tooth, station bred; A. H. Langs, Natimuk, 100 prime merino wethers; H. Scott, Natimuk, 300 I Shropseire weaners, mixed cexes, 90 feat merino wethers; O. D. Block, Rorsham, 650 4 and 6 tooth merino ewes and wethers; E. Simmons, Drung Drungestate, 377 crossbred ewes, 4 and 5 years, in lamb to Shropshire rams, 230 comeback ewes, 4 and 5 yrs, in lamb to-Shropshire rams, 215 cross bred and ashropshire ewes, 2 tooth, 168 2-tooth crossbred welbthers ;A.Filmer, WVarrayure, 30 pure Lincolo rams 2 tooth; Adam Laidlaw, Meringa, 108 fat crossbred wethere; J. R.Learmonth, Ellengowan, 30 prime cows; J. 0. Robins,Polkemmet,32steers oand heifers 2) and 3 years.. Total sales for the fortnight-20,772 sheep and 293 head of cattle. Allatsatisfactory. prices.