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6 The Chronicle, Thursday, 17th November, 2011.



FRESH CALVES (139): 59 lack and white calves to £172 (£81.66). A smaller entry of calves met a highflying trade especially for black and whites which averaged £81.66; 21 bulls averaged £249; 14 Simmentals £252.

Bulls: Holstein cross (42): (£79.81) to £154 (Astbury); Friesian (17): (£66.24) to £172 (Buglawton); Ayrshire (1): to £38; Simmental cross (8): (£285.63) to £346 (Lach Dennis); Limousin cross (8): (£152.75) to £294 (Holmes Chapel); British Blue (9): (£295) to £325; Jersey (5): (£32.40) to £50 (Siddington); Shorthorn (8): (£96.50) to £156; Aberdeen Angus (9): (£207.67) to £260 (Biddulph Moor); Brown Swiss (1): to £74 (Smallwood).

Heifers: Friesian (1): to £54 (Bosley); Hereford (1): to £88; Simmental cross (6): (£208.33) to £258 (Lach Dennis); Limousin cross (5): (£172.60) to £228 (Holmes Chapel); British Blue (12): (£215.42) to £260; Aberdeen Angus (6): (£114) to £175 (Biddulph Moor).

POULTRY (598): large numbers of hybrid layers ranged from £1-£4; point of lay warrens, £6; Rhode rocks £4. As Christmas nears, turkeys were a popular buy: a Norfolk black stag made £25, a broad breasted hen £20, a pair of Crollwitzers £44 and smaller ronze or blacks £8. Ornamental ducks, always popular, were resented in surprisingly large numbers with prices ranging from £16-£40.

Best prices included a single female mandarin, £40; blonde mandarin pair, £60, black shouldered peafowl £16; black Silkie pullets £13.

STORE CATTLE (176): Blue steers sold to £1,190 and younger model just shy of that magical four figure sum at £980. Plenty of decent steers over £800 to include Angus cross and Welsh Black to £895. A peach of a pedigree Blue heifer set the ring alight at £980 with big overage Charolais to £875. Forward Continentals to £845 with the smartest youngsters regularly over £500 to a top of £630, for seven month Blues.

Some grand young bulls saw a pedigree young Blue to £975 and a brace of Limousins to £880 and £670. Best of the crossbred suckled bulls to £625 and £590. Good quality once again for younger bulls, generally £410-£475.

PIGS (238): the 23 cull sows and boars saw feeding sows to 81p and meat to 74p; 23 sows to 81p (63.77p); £164.40. The 64 butchers’ pigs met a good trade. Prices: porker (10) to 139p (94.1p); cutter (14) to 137p (120.90p); baconer (33) to 112.70p; overweight (7) to 110p (79.85p).

The 151 store and breeding igs were a similar entry with all weights looking good value for money. Prices: £68 at 63kg; £63 at 63kg; £61 at 54kg; £55 at 53kg.

STORE AND BREEDING SHEEP (350): still demand for reeding ewes with Texel shearling to £130 and Mules £128. Texel store lambs to £77. Quality ewe lambs maintained recent price with Zwartble to £105 and Charollais £88.

Rams: Charollais to 225gns, Texel to 210gns, Texel shearing to 205gns.

FARM PRODUCE (26 LOADS): wherever is all the small bale hay? Only one load, and a small load at that, made £185 per tonne. Surely there must e hay in the barns somewhere to satisfy the equestrian buyers? Eight loads of big bale hay sold well enou h to a to of £140

for midi bales with other hay in hestons, mini hestons and round bales £90 to £105. Two small loads of haylage made £100 and £105 and a four-tonne load £118.

Increasing entries of barley straw, so short two or three weeks ago, caused an easing of prices to between £62 and £90, most in the £80s. Surprisingly only three loads of wheat straw at £62 to £75. Two loads of big bale oat straw were on offer, both loads with marked bales £58 and £70 per tonne.

EGGS (1,129 DOZEN): Barn eggs: extra large £1.20; large 95p; medium 80p; small 40p; free range: extra large £1.50; large £1.20; medium £1.10; small 55p. Duck (43 doz) to £3.60; 64 rabbits to £3.60; quail 70p; 15 brace of partridge £2; two hares £3.50.

POTATOES (1,230 BAGS): Wilja £2.50; Romano £2.50, Valor £2; Estima £2.50; Nadine £2.75; Mozart £2; Cara £3; Victoria £3.25; Harmony £3. Stock feed carrots (343 bags): to £1.10; SF potatoes £1-£2; barley £3.25; box bakers £5.50; salad potatoes £5.50.

VEGETABLES (2,456 PACKS): carrot: washed per 28lb £2.25, dirty per 28lb £2, bunch 50p; cabbage: hard per half dozen £2, Savoy per six £1.50, red per six £1.50, spring per 10 £1, January king per six £2; broccoli 10lb £3; cauliflower large per four £4.50; medium per six £3.50; leek per 10lb £3; parsnip 5kg £2; sprout 10lb £2; sprout stems, five,5 £7; tomatoes 5kg £7; lettuce: cos for 12 £2; beetroot 28lb £2; kale £3; onions 20kg £5.50; celery for six, £1.75; celeriac 5lb £1.75.

CULL COWS AND BULLS (128): the 96 black and white cows sold to £1,132.50 (£699.60). Sixteen Limousin cows £1,150.92 and Holstein cows £1,142.60.


There were buoyant prices throughout at Leek, with special interest in calves and clean cattle. A light entry of dairy was sufficient for local demand, with best heifers selling to £2,180. Dairy youngstock sold well, to £510 for yearling heifers. In the clean cattle section, a top price of 210p was for a brilliant heifer with an overall average of 160p for steers, heifers and young bulls. Barren cows met a top price of 162p for continentals, aggregating £1,173. Butchers’ lambs seem to have settled at an SQQ of 179p with best sorts to 220p. Despite the fact that the principal Muslim festival is past, ewes remained an exceptional trade.

CLEAN CATTLE (34): firm trade; perhaps it’s time for one or two of our locals that seem to travel a fair distance to try selling locally. Medium steers were all in the Friesian bracket, topping 162p (157p). Heavy steers topped 184p for a prime Limousin. Bazadaise to 183.5p. Herefords to 171.5p. Commercial steers to 144.5p.

Heifers saw mediumweights to 157p for Limousins with heavy heifers to 210p for a premium Belgian, with prime Angus to 191p and Charolais to 184p. Young Bulls, mediumweight, to 161p for Friesians (156p). Top prices: steers £1,256.98; heifers £1,375.50; bulls £1,035.30.

OVER THIRTY MONTH STOCK (83): best Continental cows to 158.5p, with Limousins to 149p and Belgians to 147.5p. Grade one cows sold to average 128p, with grade two to 117.5p (110p) and grade three to 92p (88p). Overage clean hit a top of 162p for Limousins with Belgians to 157.5p.

Stock Bulls to 155p for a Limousin. Market average 110.7p (£718.77).

DAIRIES (59): another good entry of dairies met an excellent trade, to a top price of £2,180 for a lovely heifer shown by Andrew and Bridget Weston of Litton. Sold giving 30kg she went to Mr Hulme of Basford. They also had a heifer to £2,020; giving 27kg she went to Mr J Holdcroft of Sandbach. Other heifers to £1,950, £1,870 and

£1,820 with plenty between £1,600 and £1,800. Cows reached £1,680 for a second calver from Messrs Lomas of Ashover. Averages: 1st quality heifers to £2,180 (£1,968); 2nd quality heifers to £1,800 (£1,588); 2nd quality cows to £1,680 (£1,488).

BUTCHERS’ LAMBS (682): a sharp drop throughput, resulting in a marginal increase in market average. Standardweights topped 210p with others to 194p (185p). Medium lambs topped the market at 220p, with others at 216p

(178.6p). Heavy lambs to £2 with others to 196p from Alan Lancaster (166p). Top price lambs £96.25. Quality price reporting, lambs: premium 220p (212p); prime 198p (174p); commercial 146p (144p).

EWES AND STORE SHEEP (155): a fierce demand for quality topping £128 with others at £122 from Alan Lancaster and a further six lots above £100 apiece. This contributed to an average of £74.

CALVES (113): fewer about, leading to scarcity prices. Bull calves topping £380 fo Simmentals from David Swinson who also took £348, seven averaging £298. Blues to £338 (19, £268). Limousins to £302 (£249). Herefords to £236 (£160). Angus to £228 (£161). Friesians to £130 (31 averaging £70).

Heifers produced a top price of £405 for strong Blues with others at £288 (£236). Limousins to £272 (£214). Simmentals to £234 (£216).

Herefords to £168. Devon Cross to £120.

‘Best ever’ Dairy Shorthorn sale at Chelford

Dairy Shorthorn breeders from throughout the UK had probably their best-ever trade at a breed sale in their autumn show and sale at Chelford last Monday.

An quality entry was put forward by Shorthorn breeders from far and wide, with customers keen to buy quality examples of a breed that is proving itself the ideal animal for today’s milk production systems. Freshly calved heifers, in particular, met fierce demand, levelling at a record £2,247.

Judge for the day was Marshall Crank, of Chester, who had a difficult job choosing from an outstanding class of in-milk heifers, but eventually chose as supreme champion Hooton Lily Fair 238th, from John Hayward and family’s Hooton Herd in Nottinghamshire.

The light roan heifer, which had calved only a week, was a granddaughter of the show cow Lily Fair 113th, an EX 92, which won numerous show championships.

Having attracted many admiring glances, she was the subject of fierce bidding from a number of breeders, eventually being purchased by the judge for 3,200gns.

Messrs Baynes and Son from Hexham, Northumberland, showed their breed and reserve interbreed champion from this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, Marleycote Barrington Iris 15th. The VG 88 daughter of Nejay Royalty has been coveted by breeders throughout the summer show season, and attracted excitement from various directions before eventually being sold at 3,000gns to Jonathan Fisher, Penrith, bidding on the telephone.

Her stablemate Marleycote Songstress 11th , a VG 86 second calver, stood as reserve champion and made 2,100gns to

W P Pritchard, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

Back to the milking heifers, and it was Nejay Perry 3rd, a December 2008 born heifer put forward by local breeders O C Whittaker and Sons of Knutsford which also set the ring alight, finally making 2,800gns to N Hitchen, Halifax.

David and Liz Price-Jones, who dispersed their Dee Herd in April, saw their September 2009 born heifer Dee Domino 8th, one of the first heifers to be offered for sale by the Australian Illawarra bull Panorama Aramis, make 2,650gns to young breed enthusiast Robert Kite, of Stafford.

The Dunham Herd was in the headlines again, when a substitute heifer Dunham Crocia 83rd, a light roan heifer born in July 2009 who had calved just a week, made 2,500gns to P A Astley, Llansantffraid, Powys.

Leading the bull trade was the August 2010 born young bull from Messr Royle’s Dunham Herd. Dunham Viscount by Nejay Prince the 3rd, a son of the great EX 95 show cow, Nejay Princess, sold for 1,900gns to the Broadlane Herd of Messrs Norbury, Holmes Chapel.

Messrs Norbury put forward a nice selection of young heifers and calves, which peaked at 780gns for the September 2010 born Broadlane Lady Barrington 62nd. She travelled down the road to Sandbach breeders G and O Davenport, while best of the 2011 heifer calves, the Juneborn Broadlane Millicent 22nd, made 700gns to the Bilbro herd of Martin Jackson, Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

Averages: cows in-milk £1,820.43; heifers in-milk £2,247; in-calf heifers £1,556; maiden heifers and calves £755; bulls £1299.

(Submitted photographs).

Mr Crank (left) with the champion and reserve champion.

Hooton Lily Fair 238th: sold for 3,200gns.

Marleycote Barrington Iris 15th, reserve champion. The Chronicle, Thursday, 17th November, 2011. 7

Solar panel advice fee gets councillors hot under the collar

By Katie Ollier Eco-friendly residents shouldn’t have to pay for being told planning ermission isn’t required for installing solar panels, councillors have said.

Cheshire East’s Strategic Planning Board met last Wednesday to discuss the approach to lanning permission for solar panels outlined in the Town and Country Planning Order.

of written confirmation, the charge is £40.

But councillors argued that residents should not have to pay to receive a letter telling them they do not need to apply for planning permission.

Coun Brendan Murphy said: “Forty pounds for an enquiry seems to be wrong. The information should be readily available on the website so it is crystal clear. It’s going to become the Ryanair council if we are charging for advice — it’s absurd to be charging people for that.

“I know there are postage costs but it’s the principle. Where do we stop charging?”

Stephen Irvine said: “We do offer 30 minutes of free advice and when most people pay, it is because they need it in writing when they’re selling their house for example. In most cases people don’t have to pay.

“There should be an element of free service that we provide and we shouldn’t be charging for every service. I agree there has to be some balance. We charge for processing the application, not giving advice.”

Following councillors’ suggestions, Mr Irvine agreed to put something on the council website informing people of the free advice available.

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It says that permission is not required in most cases with domestic properties,

ut may be required if the solar panels are of a certain size or in a certain position on the house.

However, the council will charge a fee if planning ermission is necessary or if the householder wants written confirmation that ermission does not need to be granted. In the case

Coun Derek Hough said: “It’s £40 to get a letter saying ‘no you don’t need planning permission’. Well thank you very much. Do officers give verbal advice?

“The general problem is people are not going to know those details. Folks resent having to pay £40. I would ask to look at that charge because it’s just to tell people that they don’t need permission.”

A planning officer assured councillors that free advice was available to residents by calling the council.

Candles are potential killers, fire chiefs warn

Tealights: pretty, dangerous.

Fire chiefs are waxing lyrical over a danger that rears its head each year — candles.

Such is the risk that this is actually candle safety week and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging candle-

urners to stay safe. Candles may seem a trivial matter but they caused more than 1,000 fires across England last year, 17 of which were in Staffordshire and resulted in six casualties.

A safer option is electronic tea lights, which can be purchased for a small cost and are battery operated instead of requiring a flame.

“These electronic candles are just as effective at creating an atmosphere but are much safer than a candle,” said Mr Steele.

Tips on using candles safety include:

• never leave candles unattended or go to sleep while they are lit;

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Earlier this year, a 79-yearold woman from Stoke-on-Trent died in a house fire that was started by candles.

The service’s risk reduction manager, Dave Steele, said: “People tend to use candles more during the winter months, as a source of light, heat or just decoration but it is important that they are aware of the dangers candles can pose.

“Candles should never be left nattended and extinguished roperly before going to bed. They should also be placed away from curtains and other combustible materials and should not be placed on top of a television .”

Candles should always be in a roper candle holder on a flat and stable surface. Tea lights should only be used on a heat-resistant surface such as a ceramic plate.

• leave plenty of space above and around the candle and its holder;

• place candles in a draughtfree area away from curtains, furniture and other flammable surfaces;

• always use a proper candleholder and fit the candle in firmly;

• make sure candles are put on a surface that is flat and stable;

• always use a heat-resistant surface such as a ceramic plate for tea lights;

• never place candles on top of televisions;

• keep candles out of reach of children and pets;

• never attempt to move a candle once it is lit;

• always use a candle-snuffer, or an upturned metal spoon to extinguish the candle and allow cooling before moving it.

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