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FRESH CALVES (126): 49 lack and white bulls sold from £20 to £166 (£55.12). Fifteen Simmental heifers averaged £229.13, with Blue heifers averaging £243.57 (10). A 27-day-old heifer sold to £300. Peter Barber’s Simmental fetched £298 and Blue eventually sold to £290.
Top quality bulls looked well sold. Simmental topped out at £335 (29 days). A mention also to Peter Barber’s Simmental to £345 (30 days). Ten young calves over £300.
Weanlings were on an equally electric trade with Blue bulls top-
ing at £360 (2 months old). A Limousin bull £340 (two months old).
Call ducks remain popular and retain their run of good prices with magpie calls attracting £30. Other ornamental wildfowl included Mandarins at £28, Shoveler and Rosebill ducks at £22.
Other best prices included peacock £36, blue partridge Orpington pullet £40, blue bearded Silkie pullets £38, Rhode Island red pullets £30, Silkie cross pullets £80, Vorwork trio and additional pullets £80, speckled Sussex pullet £26.
STORE AND BREEDING CATTLE (179): leading the 14 dairy heifers was a Cloudvale heifer from Messrs Hudson making £1,960. Further very smart heifers from the same home got to £1,720, £1,700 and £1,780. Messrs Broadsmith sold a Melody heifer very fresh to £1,500.
Bulls: Holstein x (46): (£54.78) to £166; Friesian (3): (£60.33) to £68 (Middlewich); Hereford (7): (£173.86) to £260 (Gawsworth); Red (1): to £70 (Astbury); Charolais x (1): to £328; Simmental x (16): (£272.31) to £355 (Smallwood); Limousin x (2): (£325) to £340 (Alsager); British Blue (11): (£274.550 to £360 (Gawsworth); Shorthorn (2): (£46) to £60; Aberdeen Angus (3): (£184.33) to £190 (Marton); Sussex x (1): to £50.
Heifers: Holstein x (1): to £48 (Byley); Hereford (1): to £192 (Allostock); Charolais x (1): to £265; Simmental (15): (£229.13) to £289; Limousin x (5): (£212) to £260 (Alsager); British Blue (7): (£243.57) to £300 (Wincle); Shorthorn (1): to £78; Aberdeen Angus (2): (£147.50) to £155 (Holmes Chapel).
HEADS POULTRY (1,182): particularly popular were broody hens and their young which achieved some very high prices. A hen and 11 call ducklings achieved £80. A Welbar hen with assorted chicks to £58. Shamo hen with two runner ducks £40.
Hybrid pullets continued to do well even though entered in large quantities, though single pullets of pure breeds made excellent prices, the more unusual large fowl Oprington’s particularly so achiev
Cows with a superb trade for anything with power and milk. Messrs Hollinshead were put in front with a shorthorn x third calver at £1,820 and a decent pedigree Ayrshire from the Coutts family made £1,410.
In the beef breeding cattle a superb Blue x cow with a very young calf made £1,210 and a part dispersal from noted local producers Pat and Susan Wright met spirited bidding throughout selling to £1,150, with no less than five outfits over £1,000.
In-calf heifers got to £720 for a Charolais and two breeding bulls got away well, £1,600 for a fiveyear-old Limousin and £1,010 for a six-year-old Angus.
There was a mixed bag of stores which remained a firm trade despite a desperate need for rain in some parts of the country.
Shape was in strongest demand with demand outstripping supply. Limousin x steers £925. Unfortunately, nothing else came close and the next was a Hereford at £790. Native steers figure highly on the top 10 with a good number of forward Herefords over £700 and black and white steers to £710.
A good level of trade for forward heifers. Suckler bred quality led the way at £730 with a Blonde x to £720. Further decent types attracted interest from fatteners and suckler producers getting within a whisker of £700 and some smart youngsters sold to £650.
Young bulls looked well enough sold. The strongest got to £600 and £550. Young Herefords to £525.
Steers: Limousin x (23 months old) £925; Hereford x (23 months old) £790; Limousin x (20 months old) £760; Hereford x (23 months old) £760; Hereford x (21 months old) £745.
Heifers: Limousin x (16 months old) £730; Blonde x (22 months old) £720; Aberdeen Angus x (20 months old) £680; Limousin x (19 months old) £670; Hereford x (21 months old) £670.
Bulls: Friesian (18 months old) £600; Blonde x (13 months old) £550; Hereford x (10 months old) £525; Hereford x (11 months old) £485; black and white x (10 months old) £460.
PIGS (311): the 14 cull sows and boars met a slight improvement in trade. Four boars to 33p (31.43p); 10 sows to 61p (55.99p). Sows: £209.23 (Biddulph); £152.55; £140.94.
The 125 butchers’ pigs saw gilts to 156p.
More could easily have been handled. Coloured pigs from 61p to 108p. Overall average £102.19.
Prices: porker (18): to 118p (114.94p); cutter (12): to 146p (100.25p); baconer (79): to 156p (118.89p); overweight (16): to 108p (81.01p); overall (125): to 110.84p.
The 172 store and breeding pigs sold to £61 at 54kg.
Prices: £61 at 42kg; £50 at 17kg; £34 at 17kg; £32 at 46kg; £26 at 17kg; £26 at 15kg; £26 at 13kg.
In the breeding section in-pig sows sold to £230, £195, £175 in pig Pietrain gilts to £300. Pietrain boars to £260, £190.
On Saturday, 30th April, vendors and purchasers travelled long distances to Chelford for what proved to be a very successful sale of pedigree pigs on behalf of the British Pig Association.
The champion was a Welsh maiden gilt Barry Lucky Girl 175, which also achieved a highest breed standard award and was shown by Messrs EW and KM Austin, of
Reynoldston, Swansea. The purchaser, at 475gns, was Mr T A Matthews, of Melling, Liverpool. Messrs Austin sold six Welsh maiden gilts to average £314.13.
The reserve champion was Finnington Skylark 4, a large black gilt in-pig to Finnington Majestic Eagle shown by S J Richardson and J A Wood on behalf of Jimmy Doherty (the Essex Pig Company) and will hopefully be seen on television in the next series of Jimmy’s Farm.
STORE AND BREEDING SHEEP(388): these were 131 ewes with 210 lambs at foot.
Top price of £200 for Zwartbles ewe and twins to £200; Continental ewe and twins to £200; mule ewe and twins to £175; Jacob ewe and single £130.
LOADS FARM PRODUCE (18): still an entry of 18 loads even for a bank holiday. Trade remains much the same for most commodities with big bale barley straw £78-£85 big bale wheat straw£62-£68. Haylage was, if anything, slightly easier as might be expected at this time of year, with cattle quality haylage £30-£60. A single load of small bale hay £155.
EGGS (2,465): free range: extra large £1.40, large £1.10, medium 95p, small 55p; barn: 80p, medium 58p, small 48p, extra large £1.
BAGS POTATOES (320) AND STOCKFEED CARROTS: Moss Nadine £5.50, Valor £3, old season Sceptre £1.
VEGETABLE PACKAGES (307): rhubarb £4.50, flat lettuce £3.50, Gatwick lettuce x 12 £5, spring cabbage £3, leeks x 10lb £2.50, parsnip x 10kg dirty £1.50.
CULL COWS (67), BULLS AND OVER 30-MONTH CATTLE: 44 black and white cows sold to £1,068.48 (£636.68.
Cows: Holstein x at 848kg sold to 126p or £1,068.48 (Goostrey); Limousin x at 842kg sold to 119p or £1,001.98; Limousin x at 714kg sold to 139p or £992.46; Holstein x at 708kg sold to 136p or £962.88; Holstein x at 690kg sold to 137p or £945.30; Aberdeen Angus at 658kg sold to 137p or £901.46; Holstein x at 632kg sold to 138p or £872.16; Friesian at 676kg sold to 127p or
Two spring sales on the same day were popular
The Highland female champion, Princess Dubh of Hisland, who sold for 1500gns.
A new arrangement of running the spring sales of Highland Cattle and Beef Shorthorn Cattle at Chelford on the same day,
roved a success last Saturday, as a very large crowd gathered around the ring for the sale for the two breeds.
The Highland Cattle Society Show proceeding the sale was udged by Alan Blackburn, Dunkeld, Perthshire, who chose as his champion a September 2009 born bull, Am Prionnsa of Murray Cooper, a brindle bull y the great show champion Orison, who then went on to make the day’s top price of 3,400gns in the sale ring, when he sold to Messrs Zantra of Great Staughton, Cambridgeshire.
The second placed bull, Iain of Hellifield, from Hellifield, Yorkshire breeders Mr and Mrs R Phillip made 1,700gns to Cheshire breed enthusiast Nick Brooks.
There was a large entry of Highland cows with young calves at foot, which attracted lively interest throughout, selling to a top of 1,350gns for the first placed cow, Princess Ruadh 4th of Killochries. This red cow was shown by Robert Bradley from Bradford, and was sired by Somerled of Killochries. She sold with her bull calf at foot, Donald 1st of Moorside, and had run again with the nine times breed champion Flannchadh of Moorside, and was purchased for Robin Chilton, buying on behalf of Williamson and Harrison, Bishops Castle, Shropshire. Following behind at 1,200gns was Julie 2nd of Clemlawrie, a March 2007 born cow with heifer calf at foot, travelling down to Poole Dorset, with H W Dodd.
There was plenty of interest in the young stock, with the leading two year old heifer, and reserve overall champion, being shown by
The Highland champion, Amm Prionnsa of Murray Cooper, which made 3,400gns.
Messrs J2 Farming, of Oswestry, Princess Dubh of Hisland, sired by Logan Odah 2nd of Coverhead, is a striking, showy black heifer and sold for 1,500gns to local breeder John Bowler of Mobberley.
Close behind, at 1,450gns was Grace of Wainsmore, shown by Mrs Dorothy Wain of Ible, Derbyshire. Sired by Ruairidh of Tordarroch, she was sold with her March born heifer calf at foot, and went home to Lockerbie, Scotland with Andrew Ewing.
Following last year’s strong trade for yearling heifers, there was a large entry forward, and the top price of 1,000gns was paid for another black heifer, this one Myra Dhubh 2nd of
Hisland, again by Logan Odah 2nd of Coverhead, and also from J2 Farming. This striking young heifer went home to Harrogate, Yorkshire with W R Dunn.
There was a small entry in the Beef Shorthorn sale, with a leading price of 2,050gns for the outstanding Grafton Jealous Callie an April 2009 born Roan heifer by Althorn Zeus, put forward by Northamptonshire breeder Trevor Brown. Sold three months in calf to Grafton Bomberdier, she went to Ashbourne, Derbyshire, with J Griffin.
The majority of the Shorthorn entry was maiden heifers, and sold to top of 1,050gns for the youngest heifer, the July 2010 born Holtlodge Ruth 6, from Richard Cooke, sired by the high index bull Aylward Lasoo 4th. She went Flower Fields Shorthorn Herd of Messrs Birtles, Biddulph.
Highland Society show and sale averages: bulls £1,990; cows with calves £927; three year old heifers £874; two year old heifers £647; yearling heifers £437.
Beef Shorthorn Society sale averages: served heifers £1,559; maiden heifers £857.
Steers: cull cows: Holstein x (33): (110.80p) to 138p; Friesian (11): (104.76) to 127p.
BUTCHERS’ SHEEP (768): 213 new season followed by 430 old season. Top spot: lambs 330p (twice 37.5 and 41kg Texel crosses; old season lambs 260p (38kg) Texel crosses.
Spring lambs: premium 330p (260p), prime 290p (288.2p), others 270p (266.5); old season: 260p (252p), 244p (240p), 225p (215p).
CULL EWES AND RAMS (125): ewes averaged £82.91; rams averaged £110.33; Charollais rams to £135; Texel rams to £119; Texel ewes to £118, £113 etc; Charollais ewes to £115; Suffolk cross ewes to £111, £110.
BUTCHERS’ CATTLE (81): Liz Kynaston was out in pole position with a smart heifer at 196p, just pipping Andy Gibbon at 192p. One or two stronger steers may have benefited from a FABBL ticket but sold on a strong enough trade to include over 30-month steers to 153p and heifers to 146p.
Top beast in the lump, a belting Bazadais x netting a healthy £1,130, a steer from the same stable made £1,104.Some great quality to go at in the bulls, selling to 195p. A pair made 194p with one grossing £1,226. Blues to 188p and 193p. Best of black and whites sold to 161p with several better types over 140p and adding up well enough too £953.60. Prices: steers (15) to 180p (149.22p); heifers (20) to 196p (158.15p); bulls (46) to 195p (149.48p). Overall average (81): 151.48p.
Trade in all sections at Leek Market was again very firm, with barren cows producing an overall average of £760.54, equivalent to 117.43p per kg. Dairies topped at £2,030 and quality calves continued to be in strong demand to a top price of £335. An increased entry of spring lambs topped at 320p, with quality hoggets up to 234p and cull ewes to £140.
CLEAN CATTLE (13): a very firm trade indeed; many more cattle could have been sold to vendors’ advantage. Mediumweight bulls sold to 138p for a 555kg Holstein with others at 136p and 127p for similar types (129p). Heavy Bulls sold to 132p for a 570kg Friesian. Heavy steers topped at 173.5p for a 645kg Limousin with other Limousins up to 157.5p for a 685kg beast with Herefords up to 133p for 710kg Hereford. Average for heavy steers 149p. In the heifers, a 415kg Limousin topped the mediumweights at 169.5p with others up to 158p for a 460kg Limousin (163p). Heavy heifers averaged 171p and topped at 175p for a 530kg Belgian Blue with a 535kg Blonde selling for 166p (171p).
BARREN COWS (71): another remarkable trade throughout to produce an overall average for all types of 117.43p, with an overall average of £760.54. Top price was 150p for a 730kg Charolais, with Limousins to 148p for a 730kg beast and 140.5p for a 660kg Limousin.
Friesians to 138.5p for a 620kg animal, with others to 131.5p for a 650kg Friesian and 130.5p for a 635kg beast, with several others realising over 120p.
Montbeliarde cows topped at 138.5p for a 795kg beast with 136.5p for a 665kg Belgian Blue. Limousins up to 133p at 680kgs.
There was a good contingent of buyers around the ring ensuring that the firm trade was experienced for all sorts.
There were five bulls on offer with the top price being 117p for a 700kg Limousin, with an Irish Moil bull, weighing 900kgs, selling to 113.5p and a further Limousin, weighing 810kgs realising 108p.
Grade one cows averaged 125p; rade two cows 110 rade three cows 100p.
DAIRIES (54): a second calve sold to £2,030, from Messrs Smith, o Hilderstone. Heifers peaked at £1,940 for a Bomaz Homestead daughte shown by Mr Andrew Mills, o Ratcliffe on Wreake, with anothe from Mr A Swinson, of Gawsworth to £1,890. Mr Bennett, of Thornhill had a fresh heifer to £1,880. The special entry of young stock from M B Rowlinson sold well with bulling heifers peaking at £830.
The trade of the day in the young stock were a run of Jersey cross bulling heifers from Mrs Nicholls, of Belper peaking at £840.
Q1 heifers to £1,940 (£1,903); Q1 cows to £2,030 (£2,030); Q2 heifers to £1,660 (£1,533).
STORE CATTLE (9): after a very good store sale of towards 600 heads on Saturday, 31st there were some very smart bulls forward. Top call was £685 for Simmental cross bulls (June 10), with best bulls averaging over £670 per head. A red Poll cross heifer (June 10), just weaned, sold well at £448.
CALVES (98): a similar entry sold to a brisk trade throughout with all types in demand. A strong Simmental bull calf topped the day at £335 with Blue bulls selling at £328 and £298. Best Continental heifers were in short supply with a Limousin heifer to £246 and Blue heifers to £242. More demand fo the Friesian and Holstein saw the majority going for home rearing, selling to a top of £140. Blue bulls to £328, (£230); Limousin to £298 (£202); Charolais to £258 (£254); Blonde to £110 (£109); Simmentals to £335 (£298).
Blue heifers to £242 (£196); Limousin to £246 (£155); Charolais to £155; Blonde to £120; Simmental to £195 (£190).
BUTCHERS’ LAMBS (228): standard weight lambs realised to 320p for a pen of Texel crosses weighing 36.2kgs, with Texel crosses lambs weighing 35kgs for 312p and others up to 308p. Average fo standard lambs 288.1p. Medium weight lambs topped at 316p fo Texel cross from R Brough and Sons, weighing 42.4kgs with the same vendor receiving 314p, weighing 41kgs and another pen o 40.2kgs for 310p.
Other top prices included 308p and 300p.
Average for medium weight lambs 265.6p. Heavy weight lambs sold to 260p for a pen of 47kg lambs with a 49kg lamb selling for 230p. Average for heavy lambs 223.1p. Overall average for spring lambs 268p.
HOGGETS (149): less quality about, with several local feeders having finished. There was a strong demand from wholesalers for the best quality seeing standard weights to 200p at a weight of 38kg for a Texel with medium weights up to 234p, weighing 41kgs. Others to 220p. Average for medium weight hogs was 190.1p. Heavyweight hogs topped at 226p at a weight o 51kgs with similar weight lambs, again Texel cross, selling for 225p and 224p from the same vendo with others at 216p and 194p (193p). Overweight hoggets topped at 215p for a 56kg Texel (173p). Top headage price £220.40.
EWES AND RAMS (132): a very firm trade indeed with several lots selling for over £100 per head to produce an average overall o £80.20p for ewes and £101.75p fo rams. Top price ewe was £140 for a Texel from G Huxley with others at £122 from Mr Mitchell, £119 for a Texel from I Cooke and £116 from R Critchlow, £114 from I Bates and £111 from Mrs Harlow, o Onecote. Rams sold to £110 from K Belfield with another at £101 from Mr Taylor, of Meerbrook.
EWESAND LAMBS (24): Top price paid for ewes with doubles was £194 for broken mouthed ewes from P Bailey with others at £190 from the same vendor and £174 fo a ewe and two lambs. Cat killer ‘needs to be named and shamed’
By Kayleigh Williams A cat has survived eing shot twice, just hours before another from the same family was shot and killed.
Not only did Alfie, a long-haired tabby, survive the incident on Wednesday, but the tough moggy also recovered from being shot in the spine last year, when a similar series of attacks struck the Bromley Farm Estate in Congleton.
Tragically his sister Poppy, also two, had to be ut down after she was also shot later on Wednesday.
Owners, single mum Sarah Lilley, (28) and her two-year-old son Joshua live on Dale Crescent.
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Miss Lilley said: “We are devastated for Poppy. It was a despicable act of cruelty. Please tell people so no other families have to suffer. Whoever has done this needs naming and shaming.”
She explained: “We got up on Wednesday morning and we saw Alfie’s eye was red and leeding. We got him to the emergency vet and they found two bullets in his eye. He’d een shot at very close range with metal bullets. They operated to remove his eye but the ullets are still in there.” Alfie had emergency surgery at Charter Vets in Congleton.
Miss Lilley added: “When we got home on Wednesday, Poppy our other cat, had gone out and she had been looking for Alfie all day. That night we found her with a neighbour’s cat in our house, it had accompanied Poppy home. Poppy had dragged her
Miss Lilley and Joshua hold their wounded cat Alfie who has survived being shot twice in the eye at point blank range with an air weapon. (“Chronicle” photo. 1921a/11).
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self in at around 10pm with the same wounds that Alfie suffered last year, shot in the spine with a fractured pelvis.”
Sadly when Poppy was rushed to the vet there was found to be too much damage done by the metal air gun pellets and she was put to sleep.
Veterinary surgeon Rachel Meakin, who operated on Alfie’s eye, said: “It is a horrible nightmare. This time last year, when Alfie was shot for the first time, there were several other cats that went through the same ordeal. I just hope this isn’t a targeted attack and is just a coincidence.”
Miss Lilley said: “I’ve taken Joshua to school but he wanted to stay here with Alfie. He doesn’t quite understand what has happened to Poppy, he just thinks she is asleep.
No two-year-old should see that.”
PCSO Rhys Davey said: “In recent times other cats have also been shot on the Bromley Farm Estate, so somebody must be going round at night with an air gun shooting animals. We would appeal to people’s better nature to come forward with information that may help us to identify the offender.”
People can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11 or call Congleton Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0845 458 0000.
The incident is being treated as criminal damage by the police, which means that the offender faces a criminal record if caught.
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