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An excellent pedigree dairy sale with 95 animals on offer, which recorded 10 animals over £2,000 apiece, topping at £2,680.
It was not only the best quality stock that sold readily with a road spread of milkers across the spectrum, everybody had something to suit their needs.
Calves showed an increase in numbers and continue to be a remarkable trade topping £430 for Simmental steers with younger Blue bulls to £386 and Blue heifers to £295.
The first spring lambs of the season were on offer selling at 280p and 275p p/kg with an increased entry in old season lamb recording an improved average.
Clean cattle and barren cows remain in short supply with continental 1st calf cows to an astounding 214p p/kg (£1,680). The cull ewe trade followed that of lambs. There is still ample trade for fodder despite the spring-like weather.
CLEAN CATTLE (6): medium weight commercial steers to 166p p/kg for Aberdeen Angus with prime heavy steers to 181p/kg for a Limousin from Sam Clowes. The same vendor took 185p p/kg for a prime heavy Limousin heifer with Richard Lees drawing 166p p/kg for a commercial Simmental. Young ulls, heavyweight, topped 175p /kg with Friesians to 163p p/kg. Top price steer £1,240; top price heifer £1,054; top price bull £1,356.
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C0958h from Les Elkin with others from Jason Goodwin at 168p p/kg. Charolais from Ben Elkin topped 168p p/kg with finished Friesians to 155p p/kg. Grade one cows average 139p p/kg. Grade two cows to 126.5p average 118p p/kg. Grade two cows to 112p p/kg. Overall average 131.70p (£893.63p).
DAIRIES (95): a tremendous trade at Leek on Tuesday saw a total of 95 in the shed with the best to £2,680 and others to £2,520, £2,440 and £2,400. Topping the day was Overseal Wendy 283 from Messrs Marshal, of Overseal, by Emerald-AcrSAT-Baxter she boasted a VG87 point G Dam. Sold giving 34kg, she went to Mr R Backhouse, of Leigh. Next in line at £2,520 was Tissington Talent Venus by Ladino Park Talent from Messrs Stubbs, of Tissington. She went to the same home. Melvin and Diane Shepherd, of Bakewell, had two heifers that realised £2,440 and £2,420. The first by Regancrest Dolman had an EX90 dam that had given 1,2576kg. She went to Messrs Hulme, of Basford. The second by RSVP also went to Messrs Backhouse. Also at £2,420 was a Lynbrook Morty daughter from Mr R Lomas, of Calow. She went to Mr J Seward, of Duckmanton. A nice entry of bullers peaked at £1,200 with young unregistered calves to £425.
Pedigrees: Q1 heifers to £2,680 (£2,221), Q2 heifers to £1,890 (£1,773), Q1 cows to £1,810 (£1,810), bulling heifers to £1,200 (£1,083). Commercial Q1 heifers to £2,110 (£1,976), Q2 heifers to £1,830 (£1,630), Q1 cows to £1,870 (£1,865).
BUTCHERS’ LAMBS (411): the first spring lambs of the season sold to 280p for standard weights from Andy Williamson who took 275p for medium weights. Old season lamb topped 231p for standard weights from S Rushton for two pens, averaging 216p. Medium weights from Alan Lancaster to 248p, also paid for two pens, to average 218p. Heavy lambs to 238p from the same vendor to average 197p with
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EWES AND CULL SHEEP (92): less about and in consequence more bite into the trade. Best ewes topped £128 for Texels from David Elliott with others to £127 from Messrs Platt, of New Pastures, to return an average of £899p. Rams to £98, average £86. Ewes with lambs at foot topped £175 for doubles with singles to £167. In-lamb shearlings to £132 apiece with ewes to £125. Cade lambs at £30 apiece.
CALVES (125): strong sorts saw Belgian Blue Bulls from David Robinson (four months old) at £580 with Friesians at £320. Other weanlings topped £430 for two-month-old Simmentals from John Gould with strong Friesians to £328. Younger stock saw Blue bulls from Steve Ryder at £386 with others from Dennis Harrison at £370; seven averaging £399. Simmentals from S and C Goodwin to £332, six to average £304. Limousins from C E Hine to £326 with others at £320 from David Jolley, average £214 for 15. Herefords from Steve Ryder to £296 with seven averaging £238. Younger Friesians to £92 from George Hicklin with 40 on offer selling to an average of £75 including weanlings. Heifers produced a maximum of £295 for Blues from Red Earth Farms which sold to average £185. Limousins from Critchlow Brothers at £290 with others from Jim Hudson at £270 (twice), average for 14 £195. Simmentals from Messrs Holdcroft to £256. Montbeliarde to £195 from T H Flower. Herefords to £192 from Peter Lawley.
FRESH CALVES (153): 117 bulls averaged £143.01, 36 heifer calves averaged £172.19. Not a bad trade throughout without being electric. Heifers looked well sold with one or two bulls down on the week. David Tudor’s Charolais topped at £368. Top of the calves was £315 from Mr Hopley with Mr Venables’ Blue heifer topping at £295. Black and whites on a similar trade to last week.
Bulls: Holstein x (27): (£87.74) to £165 (Brereton); Friesian (32): (£58.72) to £212 (Moston); Black (1): to £165 (Betchton); Ayrshire (3): (£111) to £132; Hereford (3): (£162.33) to £222.
Bulls: Charolais x to £368 (Kingsley Moor); Simmental x to £345 (Smallwood); Simmental x to £342 (Bosley); Simmental x to £325; Limousin x to £318.
Heifers: British Blue £295 (Siddington); British Blue to £290 (Siddington); British Blue to £270 (Siddington); British Blue to £265 (Siddington); British Blue to £260 (Siddington).
HEADS OF POULTRY (376): a colourful range of lots entered attracting generally sound prices. Young peacocks ranged from £26 - £60; more mature £38. Bar head geese £26, turkey hens £11; geese £6-£7; silver pheasants made £20; Lady Amhurst pheasants £12.
Ornamental waterfowl sold well with Mandarins achieving £30 per head; Carolinas £26.
Rare breed bantams ranged from £12-£16 for Sabelpoots depending on colour; lavender Pekins £8.
Large fowl poultry continued an upward trend of prices with Welsummer up to £14 per head. Cuckoo Marans £16, Cochins £10, French copper black Marans £15, hybrid layers ranged from Bluebells £10-£14, Light Sussex and Warrens £10, Speckledies £7.
A plentiful supply of hatching eggs was available to bidders. Prices ranged from £10 per dozen for French copper blue Marans, average £7 per dozen for Welsummers. Others from £2-£5. Goose eggs 50p to £1 each.
STORE AND BREEDING CATTLE (113): a proper springlike morning and with customers clearly attending to matters in the field, the cry was: “Where have all the cattle gone?”
The dairy section got things underway, no absolute first quality heifers on offer, but selling well enough nonetheless. Stan Price sold a pedigree heifer to £1,750, closely followed by a brace of fresh heifers from Peter Webster at £1,690. Smaller heifers £1,300 to £1,500.
The first spring bull sale met a mixed enquiry, again, not a fantastic show in terms of quality, but the best, a smart young Limousin from Messrs Darlington, of Hartington made 1,700gns (£1,785). Stuart Baldwin sold a three-year-old Blue to 1,500gns (£1,575) and a threeyear-old Limousin from Nick Hunt made 1,200 gns (£1,260).
Sucklers also met a mixed trade. Best of the offering peaked at £1,360 for a Simmental x cow and calf. In-calf cows sold to £990, but generally looked the best value for money.
Store cattle: Friesian steers to £1,005. Numbers very scarce, but selling on another flyer for all classes of cattle, new buyers in attendance from the Eastern Countries pushing prices further.
A definite shortage of short keep cattle, demand outstripping supply by a considerable margin. Jeff and Lynne Armstrong sold steers to £1,120 and £1,040. Heifers peaked at £980 for Alan Bennion.
Younger cattle fared equally well. Andy and Liv Norbury sold smart steers to £945 and John Collins’ heifer reached £790.
As with recent weeks, the plainer the cattle, the dearer they look, which proves there are customers for everything, not just the best.
PIGS (271): cull sows and boars (13): only a small entry with best meated sows 70p to a top of 73p.
The 13 sows 65-73p (69.41p). Sows £216, £174.24, £173.52 (Biddulph).
BUTCHERS’ PIGS (133): numbers back up and while prices eased after last week’s flyer, best gilts sold to over 120p to a top of 130p.
Traditional breeds sold from 74p to 96p.
Porkers (20): to 115p (95.87p); cutters (51): to 130p (104.56p); baconer (50): to 130p (110.21p); overweight (12): to 102p (89.84p); overall (74): 103.99p.
Top prices: 130p baconer; 130p cutter; 127p baconer; 127p cutter; 124p cutter.
STORE AND BREEDING PIGS (125): only a small entry met a good demand.
£/head: £59 at 46kg; £57 at 48kg; £47 (Saddleback); £45 (coloured) at 58kg; £40 (Gloucester old spot) at 58kg.
In the breeding section, a gilt and 11 realised £245. A Pietrain stock boar £145 and in-pig sows to £170. In-pig Welsh gilts sold to £170 and a large white stock boar to £195.
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SHEEP (132): cade lambs (13): a small entry met a good demand, selling from £15 to £34 to average £26.
Plenty of interest in the ewes and lambs with couples to £178 and single £164.
Store hoggets still a tremendous trade selling to £96.
LOADS OF FARM PRODUCE (52): a similar entry of 52 loads this week. Straw sold readily, but hay and haylage proved to be a selective trade.
Best quality small bale hay was in short supply with top price at £152 per tonne, other good loads at £128 per tonne, but second quality available for less than £100 per tonne. The best big bale hay was in keen demand with loads at £125, £130 and £108. Best quality haylage made £60 to £82, but at the other end of the scale wrapped silage struggled around £30 to £35 per tonne.
Only eight loads for barley straw on offer with keen demand and consequently very satisfactory prices between £80 (for marked bales) to £95 per tonne in big bales and up to £110 in small bales.
Wheat and oat straw maintained recent rates around £75 per tonne.
The 7.26 tonnes of first quality mall bale hay to £152 (£126); 14.65 tonnes other small bale hay to £98 (£79); 17.72 tonnes of first quality big bale hay to £130 (£119); 12.1 tonnes of other big bale hay to £75 (£72); two tonnes of small bale barley straw to £110 (£110).
EGGS (970 DOZEN): only a small entry of hen eggs, following the new regulations, met another good trade. Heavy loading of goose eggs did not affect the price.
Barn: medium to £1.35 (£1); small to £1.10 (£1).
Another good entry of 501 dozen duck eggs sold to £2.10 (£1.80); 185 goose eggs to £1.30 (95p); 33lb dressed turkey £26.
POTATOES AND STOCK FEED (1,265): a firm trade for potatoes.
Prices: Estima to £2.50 (£1.75); Wilja to £3.75 (£3); Piper to £2.75 (£2.50); Cara to £2.25 (£2.25); Nadine to £2.50 (£2.25); Celine to £3 (£2.50); Estima to £2 (£2); Romano to £2.50 (£2.50); 100 x washed Nadine x 12.5kg (£2.50); baker x 40 to £5.50 (£5); baby to £5.50 (£5.25).
Stock feed: carrots (650) to £1.10 (£1.10): rolled barley to £3.50 (£3); potatoes to £1.25 (£1); rolled oats to £4.25 (£4); barley grain to £5.25 (£4); hay to £3.50 (£2.50); barley straw to £4.50 (£2.25); swedes to £1.50 (£1.50).
VEGETABLES (1,103): an increased entry especially dirty carrots over supply resulted in plenty. The 28lb bags of dirty carrots at £1 each, that’s 3½p per lb.
Prices: dirty carrots x 12.5kg to £1.50 (£1); washed carrots to £3.25 (£3); beetroot x 12.5kg to £1.75 (£1.75); onion x 12.5kg to £2.75 (£2.50); onion x 20kg to £5 (£4.75); cabbage Tundra x 6 to £1.50 (£1); cabbage Savoy x 6 to £1.75 (£1.25); cabbage hard x 6 to £1.25 (£1); red cabbage x6 to £1.75 (£1.50); January King x 6 to £1.75 (£1.50); sprout x 5kg to £1.75 (£1.50); sprout stem x 8 to £2.25 (£1.25); swede x 12.5kg to £4 (£3); parsnip x 5kg to £2 (£1.75); leek x 5kg to £2.50 (£2).
CULL COWS (76): 43 black and white cows from £579.42 to £1,102.50 (£827.20 – up £30.74).
The small entry resulted in a similar fast trade. Blues to 200p. Limousins to £1,455.40.
Cows: Limousin x at 766kg
190p or £1,455.40; Charolais x at 868kg 158p or £1,371.44; Devon x at 798kg 158p or £1,260.84; Limousin x at 752kg 159p o £1,195.68; British Blue x at 578kg 200p or £1,156.
Bulls: Limousin x at 972kg 150p or £1,458; Holstein x at 750kg 156p or £1,170; Holstein x at 814kg 131p or £1,060.34; Aberdeen Angus at 634kg 149p or £944.66 (Lower Withington).
Cull cows: Holstein x (38): (127.17p) to 150p; Friesian (5): (125.70p) to 138p; Black (3): (129.92p) to 137p; Hereford (3): (135.89p) to 159p; Red (4): (145.40p) to 170p.
Bulls: Holstein x (2): (142.99p) to 156p; Limousin x (1): to 150p; Aberdeen Angus (1): to 149p.
BUTCHERS’ SHEEP (1,062): 980 old season lambs: top spot: 260p (46.8kg) Texel crosses, Roger and Simon Bailey, Rushton Spencer, overall average 213.9p.
Another decent entry, again with a lot heavier lambs, but providing they are well fleshed and not too fat, all weights and shapes can be handled.
Top end of the trade was dominated by Roger and Simon Bailey with another outstanding run of top quality lambs, fought over by all regular buyers, but all the premium quality would be in excess of 225p.
Quality averages: premium to 260p (231.5p); prime to 226p (217.2p); others to 204p (193.5p).
Top five pens per kilo: 258p at 46kg Texel crosses (R and S Bailey); 258p at 46.2 Texel crosses (R and S Bailey); 256p at 46.8p Texel crosses (R and S Bailey); 244p at 48.8kg (R and S Bailey); 240p at 42.4kg Texel crosses (R Johnson).
Top five pens per head: £121.68 at 46.8kg Texel crosses (R and S Bailey); £119.81 at 46.8kg Texel crosses (R and S Bailey); £119.20 at 46.2kg Texel crosses (R and S Bailey); £119.07 at 48.8kg Texel crosses (R and S Bailey); £118.68 at 46kg Texel crosses (R and S Bailey).
CULL EWES AND RAMS (82): overall averages: ewes £81.64; rams £99.33; Texel rams to £125 etc; Charollais cross rams to £115; Leicester rams to £115; Texel cross ewes to £120, £115; Charolais cross ewes to £115; mules to £109.
BUTCHERS’ CATTLE (76): a ring full of eager buyers, some quality cattle and a super fast trade. Fantastic demand from start to finish with several excited vendors achieving prices well in excess of their wildest ambitions.
Heading the day was Reg Beard’s Blonde cross heifer at 228p, with other quality heifers from 202-220p. Liz Kynaston topped the steers at 233p for he Limousin cross, but mention must be made of Messrs Okill’s pen of seven which averaged nearly 204p.
Not as many premium quality bulls around this week, but peaking at 222p for a superb Blue cross out of a pedigree Limousin, from James Bennett, which at 702kg, grossed £1,558.
Quality price: steers (31) to 223p (188.5p); heifers (20): to 228p (193.1p); bulls (25): to 222p (189.1p); overall average (69): 189.8p.
Top five bulls: Blue x at 702kg 222p; Blue x at 476kg 207p; Limousin x at 672kg 206p; Limousin x at 706kg 199p; Blue x at 486kg 198p.
Top five cattle: Blonde x h to 546kg 228p; Limousin x s at 572kg 223p; Blonde x h to 502kg 220p; Limousin x s at 600kg 215p (Marton); Limousin x s at 580kg 215p (Marton). A ‘pause’ in Empower care card roll-out
By Chris Young A scheme to give elderly and disabled eople more control of their finances has been “paused”.
Cheshire East Council introduced its Empower card in 2010, and councillors were told “when it goes well, it goes very well” but any
A ‘great musical evening’ for club
Congleton Disabled Club has thanked the Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Congleton for organising “a great musical evening”.
Members were entertained by a talented group of jazz musicians called Jazzworks. This was different to many of the usual musical evenings and was really enjoyed y all members. The Rotarians and their ladies also provided a wonderful array of sandwiches and cakes for refreshments, which were thoroughly appreciated by all.
Members were saddened to hear of the deaths of two old members Elsie Beard and Frances Hancock. Thoughts and prayers were with their families.
The group was very pleased to welcome back several members who had recently been ill.
To know more about the club, call chairman Richard Thompson, 01260 272605 or membership secretary Eileen Rafferty, 01260 274951.
Public asked for info on theft from cash machine
Police are appealing for information about a theft from a cash machine at Tesco Express service station, Hartshill Road, Stokeon-Trent, between 1.10am and 3.50am on Friday.
Cutting equipment was used to force open the hole-in-the-wall machine.
CCTV footage shows there were at least three male offenders, all wearing hooded tops.
Anyone with information, or who may have seen persons and/ or acting suspiciously in the area in the early hours of that morning, or saw a vehicle that aroused sus-
icion, is urged to contact DC Rob Booth at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 67 of 16th March, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The winner of the top £1,000 rize in last week’s East Cheshire Hospice lottery draw came from Alderley Edge.
The second prize was not won and will be a £7,000 rollover next week.
The winner of the £100 third rize came from Cheshire.
The lottery offers £3,000 in rize money every week and roceeds go to the hospice. To be in the draw, call 01625 433477.
problems took a long time to resolve, and the system is under review.
The 2,000 cards issued hold £2.5m at any one time.
The scheme enables people such as the elderly or disabled, to buy the services they want with a debit card. It is a “personalisation” of help, with traditional services such as day centres and “white van” transport being withdrawn and cardholders paying for their own for taxis journeys, gym visits and meals from supermarkets.
So far 2,000 people have used an Empower card, but the scheme was halted in November for a review, with no new cards given out since then. People who already have cards can continue using them.
Council officers said problems were created by the rapid takeup and several existing problems in the care system were exacerbated.
That review was not completed in the predicted three months, and on Thursday the council’s Adult Social care scrutiny committee, meeting in Westfields, Sandbach, heard that a pause in the roll out would not end until every customer had been audited and alternative options were looked at.
A report to the committee stated: “These issues do not originate from any single source, and many pre-date Empower.” Some of the problems include cash flow, software and staffing issues.
Martin Middleton, interim project manager for the Empower scheme, said Cheshire East had led the local councils’ “pack” when it introduced the card but there may now better payment methods.
The council has so far had a 21% response rate from card users in a survey, with two thirds (65%), saying the cards’ use had been clearly explained.
But some committee members looked at this figure from another angle and Coun Jos Saunders said: “A third of people said they had not received enough info and wouldn’t recommend it. That is really worrying.
“I agree with the concept — it is an excellent idea and most people want to be able to choose.
“But until these issues can be resolved I don’t see how the scheme could be successful. Are you going to these people and digging down to what was wrong?”
Mr Middleton explained: “The process shouldn’t have been anything like as complex as it was. The card providers didn’t realise how social care worked and we didn’t know how they worked.”
Also present at the meeting was Barrie Towse, chairman for the local LINK group, set up in 2007 to link the council and local groups involving the elderly and disabled.
She said card users LINK had spoken to generally supported the scheme, and added: “I welcome this pause. I wouldn’t like to see the scheme discontinued. When it works well, it works very well.” She said the council would be taking a step backwards if they ended this more personalised method of care payments.
Mr Middleton told the committee he hoped the review would be complete by the end of the year.
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PUB ‘WON’T BE CLOSED FOR LONG’
A Congleton town centre pub will soon re-open following its surprise closure.
Ye Olde King’s Arms pub will soon re-open. (“Chronicle” photo. 1135a/12).
Grade one listed Ye Olde King’s Arms on High Street closed without explanation late last month. Customers were greeted with a sign on the window saying the pub was shut for a private party, and apologising for any inconvenience.
Owners Marston’s Brewery has assured residents that the pub would not be closed for long.
A spokesman said the previous landlord’s lease had ended, and the building was being refurbished before being re-opened.
One of Cheshire’s oldest pubs, the King’s dates back to 1585.
The sign on the window that greeted drinkers. (“Chronicle” photo. 1135b/12).
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