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6 The Chronicle, Thursday, 3rd March, 2011.



CALVES (113): 84 bull calves averaged £113.43, 29 heifer calves £150.10. A disappointing entry considering the trade in previous weeks, but another cracking trade.

ew Zealand calves up to £50 with Holstein crosses averaging over £50 again. Continental bulls were a good trade considering the quality. A shapey Simmental topped at £295; a bull topped the Blues selling for £270. Heifers were slightly down on the week ut still a good trade, considering the quality, a Simmental topped at £232. Bulls: Holstein cross (20): (£51.10) to £98, Marton;

Friesian (16): (£35.88) to £90; Simmental cross (15): (£229.33) to £295, Hassall; Limousin cross (8): (£201.38) to £268, Bradwall Blonde D’Aquitaine cross (2): (£60) to £60, Somerford Booths; British Blue (8): (£231.88) to £270, Biddulph; Jersey (4): (£16) to £18, Capesthorne; Shorthorn (1): £110, Medhurst Green; Aberdeen Angus (3): (£72.67) to £130, Lower Withington; Brown Swiss (4): (£55) to £76; Montbeliarde (1): £192, Wildboarclough; Swedish Red (2): (£51) to £52. Heifers: Simmental cross (10): (£175.10) to £232, Lach Dennis; Limousin cross (5): (£163.40) to £182,


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Selling times as follows:

Calves (Limousin Bulls £300) ............................................................... 9.30 a.m. Tested Barren Cattle (133p/kg.) ............................................................. 9.30 a.m. Clean Cattle (162p/kg.) ........................................................................ 10.30 a.m. Butchers’ Lambs followed by Ewes (Lambs 218p/kg., Ewes £130) ............................................................. 11.00 a.m. Dairy (Heifer £1,930) ........................................................................... 11.00 a.m. Stores .................................................................................................... 11.30 a.m.



SATURDAY, 26th MARCH, 2011

Store and Suckler Cattle Sale to Commence at 10 a.m.

Catalogued Sale Mainly Continental Bred Suckler Cows, Some with Calves at Foot,

Young Bulls and Store Cattle Entries Close - 18th March, 2011


SATURDAY, 5th MARCH, 2011 Sale To Commence at 9.30 a.m. Usual Sale of Poultry, Caged Birds, Small Stock, Eggs G. L. Watkins - 07976 370894. B. Daniel - 07768 368686 Mark Elliott - 07973 673092. Meg Elliott - 07967 007049 C4334h

Graham Watkins & Co. Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents, Auctioneers & Valuers


This Saturday, 5th March, 2011

On behalf of Mr. K. Carr and Others

Heath House Farm, Cheddleton, Leek Collective Sale to Include

Tractors Inc: Case 4230 4WD with Chilton Power Loader, Ford New

Holland 8240SLE with Quicke Front End Loader & Bucket, New Holland TL100 with Quicke Loader, Ford 4610 Int 574 with

Loader, Ferguson TE20, Fordson Power Major, etc. Machines Inc: Komatsu Bulldozer D20A, Komatsu PC5 Mini Digger,

JCB 3CX 4WD, T-Track Skid Steer Loader, 2001 Thwaites 7T 4WD

Dumper, etc.

Vehicles Inc: 2004 Range Rover, 2004 Tata Pick-up, Vauxhall Corsa,

Land Rover Defender, Land Rover Discovery, etc. Implements Inc: New Twose Seed Drill/Grass Harrows, Foston Heavy

Duty Topper, Range of Buckets (some new), Spreaders, Tankers,

Mowers, Balers, Wrappers, etc.

Large range of tractors, machines, vehicles, implements, trailers, sheep and cattle handling equipment, building supplies, new and used tools and sundry farming effects, etc. Sale to commence at 10am

Further Entries Accepted, Catalogues Now Available


On behalf of Mr. W. R. Fox Saturday, 19th March, 2011 Oakcroft Farm, Marton, Macclesfield

Complete Genuine Dispersal Sale to Include

Int 444 Tractor with Loader, 4WD Dumper, Rotamec Mower, Cyclone

Finger Mower, 2 x Fertiliser Spinners, Range of Harrows, Big Bale

Spike, Transport Boxes, Flat Roller, etc.

Range of Trailers, Cattle Handling Equipment, Used Small Tools, Gates,

Post and Fencing Equipment, Sundry Building and Farming Effects.

Sale to commence at 11am, Catalogues Available

Graham Watkins & Co., 69, Derby Street, Leek, ST13 6JL

Tel: 01538 373308. Fax: 01538 399653 Email: Website:


Sproston; Blonde D’Aquitaine cross (3): (£51.33) to £56, Somerford Booths; British Blue (7): (£192.14) to £210, Kermincham; Aberdeen Angus (4): (£71.50) to £102, Wincle.

POULTRY (1,195 HEADS): the half-term break saw a brisk sale of over 500 lots. Hybrid layers remain popular with both vendors and buyers alike though the large numbers of entries depressed prices somewhat, particularly for Warrens, with prices ranging from £2-£6. Unusually, Mandarin ducks were much in evidence and fetching from £11-£16. Traditional pure breed poultry pullets saw much improved prices and the two breeds of giant rabbits entered attracted high bids. Brahmas and Rhode Island Red £20; Welsummers £18; Light Sussex £16; Vorwerks £15; Barnvelders and Buff Orpington £14; Barbu d’Uccles £16. Turkeys averaged £17, Thai game £30, call ducks ranged from £12-£28. Continental giant rabbits £28, English giant £22.

DAIRY CATTLE (9): an increase in dairy numbers after a few lean weeks. Fresh Holstein heifers to £1,310 (calved two weeks) and a pedigree Dairy Shorthorn calved three weeks with her third got to a creditable £1,290. In-calf Holstein heifers, not in the first flush of youth it must be said, sold readily enough £870, £820, £710 etc.

STORE AND BREEDING CATTLE (200): cows and calves got the sale underway with some grand outfits, with a bull calf at £1,170. Hereford and Blue cross Bull calf at £1,000. In the stores, steers peaked at £890 for Herefords in forward condition, Continentals to £880 for Limousin cross and plenty of good summering bullocks over £700 to include some youngsters which got to £740. Forward heifers peaked at £755 for Limousin cross with quite a portion of heifers between £650 and £700. At the younger end, £600 was paid for a Limousin cross. Best of the bulls made £680 with Shorthorns to £620 and £615. A nice run of younger Limousin cross sold to £458 and Angus at £440. Steers: Hereford cross 26 months, £890; Limousin cross 22 months, £880; Charolais cross 19 months, £825; Limousin cross 21 months, £795. Heifers: Limousin cross 26 months, £755; Limousin cross 21 months, £755; British Blue cross 22 months, £702; Blonde cross 20 months, £700; Limousin cross 22 months, £690. Bulls: Hereford cross 21 months, £680; Simmental cross 22 months, £635; Shorthorn 19 months, £620; Shorthorn 20 months, £615; Limousin cross 5 months, £458; Aberdeen Angus cross 8 months, £440.

PIGS (208): there were 19 cull sows and boars: the two boars sold to 34p (32.46p), top price £102.68; the 17 sows sold to 50p (42.46p), max £136.30. Prices, sows: £136.60 290kg 47p; £111.50 223kg 50p; £109.94 239kg 46p; £1092 273kg 40p; £1092 237kg 46p. The 91 butchers’ pigs saw best gilts around 100p and boars to 98p. Quality forward was better than of late. Top price per head £104.86. The 14 porkers sold to 100p (80.39p); 6 cutters to 102p (972p); 64 baconers to 108p (893p), and seven overweight to 98p (922p), with the 85 overall averaging 88.93p. Maximum per head: overweight £104.86, overweight £102.12, baconer £100.98. The 98 store and breeding pigs saw an in-pig large White gilt to £335. Prices: £42 32.5kg Oakhanger; £37 28kg; £36 53.7kg; £22 23.8kg; £18 18.4kg. In the breeding section in-pig large White gilt £335. In-Pig Landrace cross gilt £170. Pietrain 18-month boar £160. Pietrain cross gilt plus six

£170. Sow in-pig for second litter £130.

STORE AND BREEDING SHEEP (137): younger ewes with strong continental cross lambs making from £60 to £70 per life, although the majority of the entry consisted of older ewes, and with lambs, mostly from £45 to £60 depending on size, quality etc. A few older in lamb ewes made to £92, with others to £75, £74 etc. Half a dozen pens of store lambs seemed to sell very well; to £65.50 for some stronger, short keep Charollais Crosses with longer keep Texel Crosses to £52.

FARM PRODUCE (50 LOADS): the bitter wind in Cheshire and snow at Buxton reminded purchasers that winter is far from over and all lots sold to a keen trade at prices similar to recent weeks except for small bale hay, which eased slightly to £188, £185, £172, and £155 but the same could not be said for big bale hay where trade was even keener with top loads at £180, £185, £178 and £170. Eleven loads of haylage and silage also sold well to a top of £135, with two further loads at £110 and two loads at £95. At the other end, a single load of loose silage made £32. In the straw department, big bale barley straw was still keenly sought at up to £100 and small bale barley straw £110 and £112 per tonne. Big bale wheat in square bales and round bales was generally £68 to £75. Two loads of big bale oat straw this week made £88 and £74.

EGGS (1,483 DOZ): free range: extra large £1.15, large £1.05. Barn: large 76p; medium 58p; small 40p. The 124 dozen duck eggs sold to £2.10p (£1.80); four goose eggs £1.20p. Hares to £4.

POTATOES AND STOCK FEED CARROTS (1,040): Wilja to £3.75; Piper to £3.50; Victoria to £3.75; Fambo £2.50; Romano £4; Moss Nadine £4.25; Valor £2.75; Nadine £1.50; Ceaser £1.75. The 195 stock feed carrots sold from 80p to £1.40; hay per bale to £4; barley straw to £2.25; oat straw £2.25. First glass house new potatoes x 5kg at £10.

VEGETABLES (914 PACKAGES): lettuce met an easier trade with Gatwick to £5.75 and flat to £4 a dozen. A big jump in the price of best dirty carrots with 5kg to £4.25. Prices: swede to £2.25; savoy x 6 to £3; onion x 28lb to £3.50; leek x 10lb to £3.75; onion x 56lb to £7.50; sprouts x 8lb to £3.50; onion x 2kg rope to £1.50; sprouts x 20lb nets to £5.25; onion red x 28lb to £4.25; parsnip x 5kg to £1; beetroot x 12.5kg to £2.25; kale to £4; cabbage spring x 10 to £4; hard cabbage to £3; dirty carrots x 28lb to £4.25; gatwick lettuce x12 to £5.75; January king x six to £3.75; flat lettuce x 12 to £4.

CULL COWS, BULLS AND OTM CATTLE (112): 76 black and white cows from £206.50 to £1,001 (£626.54). Bulls to £1,548, steers to £1,419 and cows to £1,137. Cows: British Blue cross 734kg 155p, £1,137.70; British Blue cross 744kg 138p, £1,026.72; Holstein cross 910kg 110 £1,001; Simmental cross 798kg 123 £981.54; Holstein cross 874kg 112 £987.88; Holstein cross 846kg 115 £972.90; Holstein cross 848kg 114 £966.72; Charolais cross 726kg 127 £9222. Cull cows: Holstein cross (50): (98.92p) 115p; Friesian (26): (93.35p) to 118p.

BUTCHERS’ SHEEP (658): the 579 butchers’ lambs sold to 218p (twice) at 44.8 and 47.4kg for Texel and Rouge crosses from R and S Bailey, of Rushton Spencer. Overall average 193.9p. A very short entry, a shed full of hungry buyers (and the Sky television cameras) leading to the inevitable flying trade, to average some 7-10p above all other local centres. The Sky programme was about the importance of livestock auctions — never illustrated more clearly than by the trade. Lambs: premium to 218p (205.5p); prime to 198p (196.2p); others to 184p (179.5p). The 81 cull ewes and rams averaged £80.41. A totally inadequate supply, with buyers falling over each other to grab what they could. The best to £105, £100 etc, but several pens of plainer sorts looking very well sold at £70-£90.

BUTCHERS’ CATTLE (86): a commendable show of quality (on the whole). A delighted Frank Longden did the double with top cow and top clean today — the latter made 194p just pipping a regular Chelford client at 193p for a Blonde cross that grossed £1,100. Meated clean a cracking trade all through. Several runs of in-spec Continental up to 166p, but mainly between 150p and 155p. Over age clean were hotly contested. Hereford cross to 136p. Bulls: 169 and 184p, with Black and Whites to 158p. A handy weight Blue at £1,216.60. Prices: Number Top p/kg Average 23 steers to 186p (151.26p); 23 heifers to 194p (148.12p); 40 bulls to 169p (136.58p); 86 overall average 143.93p.


A little bit of a lull after the storm with just under 700 store cattle handled. The market was up and ready bright and early, although stock was slow to come in. A reduced entry of lambs gave a fillip to market prices with a maximum of 218p seeing lambs to £105.40p. Clean cattle were in short supply with best butchers’ stock to 162p. Barren cows saw fierce competition for “middle of the road” stock contributing to an (of just shy of £600 (96p). A small entry of dairy cattle met a sharp trade with an increased throughput of calves selling readily.

CLEAN CATTLE (10): steers were in short supply, topping 152p for a prime Limousin. Heifers were all in the heavy bracket, topping 162p for a Blonde with Limousins at 157p and 152p. Commercial Belgians to 131.5p. Young bulls to 151p for a prime Limousin (mediumweight), with heavy bulls to 123p. Top price steer £953, heifer £980. Steers: prime 152p. Heifers:

prime 162p (152p); commercial 131.5p (128.5p). Young bulls: prime 151p; commercial 123p.

OVER 30-MONTH STOC (75): a sound trade for finished stock with continentals to 133p for a Limousin with Montbeliarde to 123p and Charolais to 118p. Best Friesians to 115.5p with others to 114p. Grade one cows (110p); grade two cows to 106p (96p) with grade three to 87.5p. Overage clean topped 130p for Belgians with Herefords at 129p, Limousins at 124p, and Friesians at 120p. Stoc bulls to 96p for an Angus.

DAIRY CATTLE (24): a very good show of dairy cattle for the week after the pedigree sale saw a good line-up of heifers for a large company of buyers. Top call was £1,930 for a pedigree fresh calved heifer from Harehill Farms, Sudbury, who sold another fo £1,630. Both heifers made thei way to Cheshire to a regular purchaser. Also in the money at £1,740 was a smart fresh heifer from A J Peach, Warslow, purchased by J Holdcroft, Sandbach. The sale included three spring calving heifers from J Macpherson, Bartonunder-Needwood, that topped at £1,260 for a very close calver. The day concluded with two pedigree stock bulls of working age. Top call was £1,700 for a 22-month-old Limousin from J Nicholls, Draycott, that sold to Lucas Brothers, Swarkstone.

BUTCHERS’ LAMBS (358): a sharp tail-off in throughput saw a top price of 214p for standardweights (182p). Medium weights to 214p from Alan Lancaster with others at 212p (193p). Heavy lambs to 218p and 214p (185p) with overweight lambs to 188p (161p). Best medium lambs to £95.76. Lambs: premium 218p (208p); prime 198p (182p); commercial 158p (148p).

EWES AND CULL SHEEP (130): best ewes to £130 with others at £108 and £100. Average £72 with rams to £98 apiece.

CALVES (101): a strong trade throughout with bulls topping £300 for Limousins, with 10 averaging £229. Herefords to £288 with six averaging £210. Blues at £288 with 15 averaging £213. Simmentals to £270 (£235). Charoalis to £230 with Angus to £188. Friesians at £120 for strong stock and £72 fo younger (£35). Heifers saw strong Herefords to £248 with eight calves averaging £180. Blues to £248 with eight averaging £194. Simmentals to £210, with five averaging £176. Charolais to £198. Angus to £138.

NW farmland is dearest in UK

Farmland in the North West reached an all-time high in the last half of 2010 and is the most expensive in the UK, according to the latest RICS rural land market survey.

Chartered surveyors in the region said that farmers remained keen to expand production to capitalise on high commodity prices. This, combined with falling land availability, saw farmland prices in the region rise to alltime highs during the last six months of 2010.

Arable farmland increased to £17,298 per hectare (from £16,062), while pasture farmland saw a “significant” increase, reaching £17,298 from £14,827.

Graham Bowcock from Northwich, RICS North West rural sector spokesman, said: “Farmland prices have seen a surprising boost thanks to the recession and the low base rate.

“While agricultural investments have gained value, other areas of investments have fallen by the wayside, although this can be attributed to the base rate rather than to a sudden huge growth in the popularity of farmland.

“Another development is the continued number of people claiming rollover relief by reinvesting in farmland, showing that money is still around. This proves that even through economic instabilities the value of this type o investment is unwavering, motivating more investors to conside it.

“In addition, the supply o farmland in the North West remains tight and the usual factors, primarily beneficial inheritance tax rates, continues to influence the market.”

The East Midlands saw the strongest price rises (17%). Farmland in the North West was the most expensive nationally, while the cheapest land was in Scotland, priced at £9,100.

Demand for commercial farmland in the North West continued to strengthen with 40% more surveyors reporting that demand rose rather than fell.

Demand for residential farmland dropped “considerably” with 56% more surveyors reporting a fall rather than a rise (from +33). This reflects the national housing picture. Road safe enough without lollipop lady, county says

The Chronicle, Thursday, 3rd March, 2011. 7

By Tom Byrne A decision not to replace a lollipop lady who patrolled the road outside a school has been defended by Staffordshire County Council.

Barbara Billington retired from her patrol on Mow Cop Road, by Castle Primary School, Mow Cop, in December.

The council has forecast that nine further posts will be lost through retirements this year, saving £30,000.

The county decided that a replacement in Mow Cop wasn’t necessary after an assessment of the crossing.

Mow Cop Road is busy with traffic, especially at peak hours.

One parent at the school, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “Obviously it is better to have a lollipop lady near the school and I would prefer one. If a child was to cross on their own it would be dangerous but I think most parents cross with their children anyway so hopefully it won’t affect us too much.”

Defending his authority’s decision, Coun Mike Maryon, the county council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “When a school crossing patrol officer leaves their post we carry out an assessment of the location. This is to see what, if any, road safety measures are needed at the crossing point. If the location meets the national criteria for a school crossing patrol officer, it will continue to have one.

“However, it may be that an alternative type of crossing, for example a pedestrian or puffin, is needed. If it is found to be necessary on safety grounds, we will install the appropriate crossing. We have not made any school crossing patrol officers redundant and I can categorically state that no specific school crossing patrols have been earmarked to go in 2011/2012.

Coun Maryon added that the job losses were down to retirement rather than redundancy or unemployment. He added that Staffordshire has among the safest roads in the country and that the council is committed to retaining those strong figures.

He explained the measures that are in place to improve road safety: “We already have a wide range of innovative measures in place to ensure that children are safe on the journey to school. We have one of the highest numbers of walking buses in operation in Staffordshire and last year launched the ‘20 is plenty’ campaign which encourages motor




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The headteacher of Castle Primary School was unavailable for comment when the “Chronicle” contacted the school this week.

Students enter Dragon’s den

Mr Green and Mrs Lawrence with the winning team. Macclesfield College students from the business, administration and finance advanced diploma course recently had the opportunity to present their business ideas to a panel of four influential local entrepreneurs in a “Dragons’ Den” style competition.

Tasked with coming up with a business proposal to improve the college’s service, the s ix groups had to successfully write their own business plans and pitch their ideas in order to win the (Monopoly) prize money.

The Dragons were David Murphy, NatWest senior bank manager; Congleton woman Angela Lawrence, marketing consultant at Itero Marketing; Jerry Green, governor and accountant, and Sarah Ludford, business adviser from Business Link.

The winning proposal came from Puddies, who came up with the idea of offering personalised hoodies to college students and presented their ideas with great passion.

Research showed their idea to be a real winner with the students, and the judges agreed.

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Knutsford car park changes

Cheshire East Council has backed proposals to change car parking in Knutsford town centre.

The report looked at the control and provision of on and offstreet car parks. It did not review parking charges.

Recommended changes to be implemented include a uniform one-hour maximum stay period on town centre streets to avoid confusion and increase space availability for drivers; carry out a further review of car park use, following the change; look into the cost and practicality of adding a deck of parking to Tatton Street car park; carry out further surveys with local residents to establish if residents’ parking schemes should be introduced to areas of the town centre, and improve signage for car parks.

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