6 The Chronicle, Thursday, 15th December, 2011. www.chronicleseries.co.uk
FRESH CALVES (151): 66 lack and white calves to £140 (£61.06).
Bulls: Holstein x (55): (£60.47) to £140; Friesian (11): (£64) to £114 (Bosley); Ayrshire (4): (£47.50) to £94 (Holmes Chapel); Hereford (1): to £165 (Alsager); Red (3): (£68) to £88 (Astbury); Charolais x (1): to £338; Simmental x (11): (£266.18) to £330; Limousin x (5): (£245.60) to £335; British Blue (10): (£251.50) to £325 (Astbury); Shorthorn (9): (£68.44) to £90 (Gawsworth); Galloway (1): to £120 (Allostock); Aberdeen Angus (8): (£176.13) to £245 (Brereton); Brown Swiss (2): (£57) to £60 (Bosley); Montbeliarde (2): (101) to £112 (Lower Withington); Swedish Red (1): to £40.
Heifers: Holstein x (3): (£50.67) to £60 (Astbury); Simmental x (2): (£188) to £208 (Bosley); Limousin x (2): (£150) to £154 Biddulph Moor; Blonde d’Aquiyaine x (1): to £155; British Blue (10): (£188.50) to £225.
HEADS POULTRY (597): inclement weather saw a brisk sale which included a particularly high proportion of cockerels (50p - £3.50) while older hybrid layers ranged from 50p to £3.50, point of lay quality pullets achieved from £5-£8 with Light Sussex rising to £14. A large batch of Rhode Island Reds in several lots fetched £5 although pure breeds in the main sold well with salmon Faverolles, Welsummer, silkies and Wyandottes £8-£9. Other best rices included: pied turkey £16, uff turkeys £14, Wolverhampton Tumblers £7, doe rabbits £7.
STORE AND BREEDING CATTLE (119): fresh calved dairy heifers in short supply, best of the bunch to £1,380.
Some superb cow and calf outfits on offer, the top call for a fleshy cow with forward bull calf selling to £1,470. Younger heifers with calves around a month old were £1,000 to £1,060.
In the store, cattle of all classes were in very strong demand. Top spots twin Herefords, the steer at £1,025 and heifer at £990. Steers sold to £945 and £930 respectively with the best of the young steers to £795.
In the heifers, a smart Blue made £965 and a good proportion of strong heifers contributed to a heifer average of £668.15 — £30
p on steers.
In the bulls, the strongest were over £600 to a top of £640 for a Blue x. Hereford x to £600.
Prices: steers: Hereford x (20 months old) £1,025; Simmental x (20 months old) £945 (Lower Withington); Simmental x (17 months old) £930; British Blue x (17 months old) £925; Simmental x (20 months old) £855 (Betchton).
Heifers: Hereford x (20 months old) £990; British Blue x (17 months old) £965; Simmental x (19 months old) £900; Simmental x (19 months old) £870; British Blue x (25 months old) £845 (Haslington x 2).
Bulls: British Blue (12 months old) £640; Hereford x (eight months old) £600.
PIGS (376): the 18 cull sows and boars saw best sows around 75p to a top of 88p. Four boars to 50p (41.99p); 14 sows to 88p (65.40p).
Sows: £203.45; £198.40 (Barthomley); £176.66.
The 195 butchers’ pigs included this year’s Christmas show. Prices: porker (43) to 120p (94.17p); cutter (70): to 175p (119.40p); baconer (73): to 124p (100.02p); overweight (9): to 88p (76.70p); overall (195): 103.90p.
Quality wise, this year’s Christmas show of butchers’ pigs was regarded by many as the best in memory. Gary Mycock, of Mycock Butchers, Buxton, had the unenviable task of judging. After much deliberation he awarded the championship to the first prize in the cutter class, shown by regular Stafford vendor J A Evans.
At sale time, the judge backed his judgement and purchased the champion pen of 175p.
Porker: 1, RW Adams, Market Drayton; 2, HD Roberts, Pwllhelie.
Cutter: 1, JA Evans; 2, G Tomlinson; 3, R Wilson, Chadderton.
Baconer: 1, J and B Fentem, Alsop-en-le-Dale; 2, R Roberts, Llangaffo; 3, T W Eden and Son, Preston on the Hill.
The 136 store pigs met a firm demand.
Prices: £/head: £52 at 52kg; £39 at 32kg; £30 (coloured) at 44kg; £28 at 15kg; £23 at 21kg.
In the breeding section, a sow and 11 piglets sold for £305.
STORE LAMBS (104): (£73.02): very little under £70 to a top of £78.
LOADS OF FARM PRODUCE (35): surprisingly, commodities other than haylage/ silage were more difficult to sell with small bale hay £135 to £145 and big bale hay at £100.
The 13 loads of haylage/silage on offer proved too much for the demand. Best quality horse haylage in small loads made up to £92, but at the other end large loads of wrapped silage sold at £20 and £22, the lowest for a long time.
Straw was also generally less money with big bale barley straw £72 to £80, big bale wheat straw £66 to £78 and oat straw £66.
EGGS (816): barn: large £1.15; medium £1.20; small 75p; free range: extra large £1.50; medium £1.20; duck eggs £4.50 (£4.27): 34 rabbits to £3.25; 35 braces of pheasants to £3; 25 braces of partridge to £2.50.
DRESSED TURKEYS (58): average 1.71 per lb, with small birds over £2 per lb; dressed pheasants to £3; dressed ducks to £5.
CHRISTMAS TREES (9,747): cut Norway 5-6ft to £14 (£10); cut pine 5-6ft to £16 (£12); cut Nordman 5-6ft to £25 (£17); potted Nordman 4-5ft to £14 (£11); potted Norway 4-5ft to £10 (£7); Noble foliage x 6kg to £8 (£6.50).
POTATOES (1,684): prices: Wilja £2.50; Piper £3; Fambo £1.50; Estima £2.50; Nadine £2; Mozart £1.75; Cara £2.50; Harmony £2.25; 579 stock feed carrots 90p; SF potatoes to £2; barley £3.25; box of bakers 40s £5.50; salad potatoes £5; washed Nadine x 10kg £2.25.
PACKAGES VEGETABLES (2,501): carrots: washed x 28lb £2; dirty x 28lb £2.50; bunch 45-55p; cabbage: hard x 6 £2; Savoy x 12 £1.75; red x 6 £1.50; spring x 10 £1.50; Tundra x 12 £1.75; January King x 6 £1.75; Primo x 6 £1; cauliflowers: large x 6 £3.50; medium x 9 £2; small x 15 £2; leek x 10lb £3.50; parsnip x 5kg £3.50; sprout x 10lb £2; sprout x 20lb to £4; sprout stems x 8 £3.50; Gatwick lettuce x 12 £3; onions x 20kg £6; onions x 12.5kg £3.50; kale £3.50; swede x 28lb £3.50; beetroot x 28lb £2.50; celeriac x 5lb £2.
CULL COWS CHRISTMAS SHOW: 11 Continental show cows averaged 174.91p per kilo or £1,412.90 per head.
There was a fantastic show of cull cows with the championship being awarded to a British Blue from David Wilcock and Sons, of North Ashton, Wigan, which later sold for 220p or at 902kg, total of £1,984.40 being purchased by the show judge, 17-year-old Alex
Nield, of Betchton.
The reserve championship ticket was also awarded to a British Blue, this one from J T Wainwright and Sons, of Poynton, Stockport, which at 970kg, also won the award of £100 for the heaviest cow. This was bought by Alex Nield at 200p, or £1,940.
Eleven Continental show cows averaged £174.9p or £1,412.90.
Messrs Garnett Farms, of Allostock, won 1st and 2nd in the dairy cow classes and sold four black and white cows to £1,206.52 to average £1,103.
First prize continental cow under 48 months old was a British Blue from Brian Taylor, of Scholar Green. It went home to Pwllheli with Emyr Williams for £1,352.56.
Second prize Continental cow under 48 months old from J Wainwright and Sons, of Poynton was bought for £1,275by James Williams, of Wrenbury, Nantwich.
In the dairy breed section, prizes were awarded to: 1, 868 x 139p £1,206.52; 2, 730 x 138p, £1,007.40 — Messrs Garnett Farms, of Allostock. Both were bought by Stephen Nield, of east Cheshire (uncle to the judge).
The market averages were: 74 black and white cows to £253 to £1,206.52 (£694.09); 21 cows over £1,000; one British Blue bull 894kg x 206p, £1,841.64.
Cull cow: Holstein x (55): (108.07p) to 144p; Friesian (19): (104.39p) to 132p.
BUTCHERS’ SHEEP (1,140): the 1,040 butchers’ lambs sold to 300p for 39.9p/kg Texel crosses from H Taylor, of High Legh; overall average 216.4p.
A full reward for the quality of sheep put forward with 48 pens entered for the show, ably judged by Trevor Kemp, of New Mills.
His champion pen of lambs came from Howard and Paul Taylor, of High Legh, Knutsford, making it a hat trick of victories after winning last Christmas and Easter shows. Their 39.9kg Texel cross lambs made 300p to regular buyer Emyr Williams, of Pwllheli. Close behind at 295p came the reserve champion pen, 43.8kg Texel crosses from Ken House, of Buglawton, which made 295p to Oldham based Sam Howarth, buying for Hartshead Meats.
Sam Howarth was in again at 270p for the pen placed second behind the champions, 39.4kg Texel crosses from Keith Minshull, of Bosley, while another regular vendor, Jackie Trueman of Prestbury, saw her best pen of 41.6kg Charollais crosses, make 282p/kg again to Emyr Williams, but this time buying for Riley Brothers, of Lancashire. Jason Craddock saw his best pen, 44kg Texel crosses make 280p to Sam Howarth.
Chelford’s Christmas show has always placed great emphasis upon the young farmers and it was pleasing to see a full row of lambs in the YFC class. The championship went to Helen heath of Utkinton, Tarporley, another Chelford regular, with a pen of 49kg Charollais crosses. Sam Howarth showed his support for the future producers by buying them at 250p/kg and then taking the reserve pen, 36.7kg Texel Beltex crosses from Claire Tomlinson, of Broxton, at 270p/kg, both pairs being bought for W H Frost, Catering Butchers, of Chorlton-cum-Hardy.
Trade continued in exceptional vein through the weekly “non show” entry with fast bidding on all weights and quality, with a buyer for one of the UK’s major processors unable to get a look in.
Pen after pen made from 200-230p/kg with every so many lambs grossing well in excess of £100 per head, demonstrating once again the importance of selling lambs to best advantage by using the live auction market system.
Averages: premium to 300p (241.6p); prime to 232p (222.5p); others to 205p (197.5p).
The 99 cull ewes and rams averaged £74.13p; Texel crosses to £113; mules to £108, £105 etc; Beltex crosses to £104.
BUTCHERS’ CATTLE (99): judge for the prime cattle was loyal Chelford supporter Samuel Howarth, of Hartshead Meats. He carried out his duties thoroughly and professionally, eventually picking his champion from the heifer lines, a superb Blue cross model from the Tomlinson family, of Broxton, Chester. Mr Howarth put up a brave fight to secure the heifer but was pipped at the post by Derbyshire wholesale butcher Lee Machin, of Manifold Valley Meats who paid 320p/kg (£1,888).
Jim and Malcolm Bennett brought forward a very smart heifer from their Threaphurst herd of Limousins to take the reserve ticket. Frenetic bidding from three or four suitors saw the hammer fall (eventually) to Sam Howarth, of Hartshead Meats at 295p/kg (£1,161.60) the heifer purchased for one of his valued clients W H Frost, Butchers, of Chorltoncum-Hardy.
Mr Howarth continued his prize winning performance buying the first prize steer from Malcolm Kidd, of North Rode at 275p (£1,463) on behalf of Neil Mellor, of Uppermill. Completing his hat trick, he also purchased half of the first prize pair exhibited and bred by regular vendor Brian Taylor, of Scholar Green, which sold for 268p (£1,415.04) on behalf of Bridge Street Butchers, of Heywood. The other half realising 278p (£1,334.40) to S and D Kirk Family Butchers, of Peacock Farm, Styal.
Strong support was shown in the bull section with first prize awarded to Chris Barnsley, of Morrige Top, Leek with a homebred Limousin cross selling for 248p (£1,106.08) to Colin Beeson on behalf of Richard Boothby, of Adlington Meats. Runner up in the bulls was Wilfred Lomas, of Byley with a Limousin bull from his renowned Leesemanor herd, the hammer falling at 216p (£1,045.44) to Stephen Nield on behalf of Chelford stalwart John Green, of A J Green Wholesale Butchers, of Goldenhill.
Show average 46 cattle at 239.71p/kg.
Young farmers report: it would appear that the future of the beef sector is in safe hands as the next generation of prime stock showmen stepped up to the plate with a very creditable entry of cattle.
Taking the championship with a tremendous Blue x heifer was Alex Nield, the third generation of the Betchton family Chelford has had the pleasure of dealing with over the years. Local butcher Chris Stubbs beat off strong competition to secure the heifer at 280p (£1,612.80) for his Northwich based business C Webb and Sons, of Witton Street. The reserve ticket was awarded to Derek Dulson, of Bulkeley, Malpas, again on his first time outing to Chelford. His Blue cross Limousin steer hit the scales at 574kg and realised 240p (£1,377.60) also to Chris Stubbs, of Northwich.
Sale only cattle report: Martin Shaw, of Tideswell took the top heifer price at 226p and top steer at 199p. Well finished cattle of call classes were keenly sought, regularly in the late 180s and early 190s.
Non-show bulls sold to 199p for Messrs Lavin, Garswood and the best of the Black and Whites to 189p/kg for Gordon Andow, of Swettenham.
One or two cattle would undoubtedly have benefited from a little extra time and keep, and were more noticeable this week than any other.
Prices: steers (30): to 275p (208.06p); heifers (39): to 320p (214.57p); bulls (30): to 248p (194.93p); overall average (99): 206.31p.
A good body of butchers’ cattle on offer at the Christmas show and sale saw the champion beast bred by Peter Griffin, of Alstonefield, realising £3 per kg and purchased by local wholesalers, Manifold Valley Meats. The reserve champion was shown by Wayne Smith, being a Limousin heifer, realising 265p and purchased by local butchers Andrew Bould and Sons. The same purchasers secured the first prize bullock, also shown by Mr Smith, with other show cattle going for the farm shop trade at Bollington and Denstone.
In the butchers’ sheep section, champion animals were shown by Peter Wright, of Flagg and realised 540p for mediumweights with a pen of six from the same vendor, being prizewinners, realising 295p.
Heavy lambs realised 275p for prizewinners from Ian Forrester.
In the barren cow section, the champion was a Belgian Blue owned by Chris Elkin, realising 206p.
CLEAN CATTLE (24): nonshow cattle saw medium steers to 157.5p for prime Welsh blacks (151p). Heavy steers to 186p for prime Limousins from Eric Mitchell with others at 183p and commercial Friesians to 146p. Heifers, medium weight to 159p for Limousins with heavy heifers to 170p for Simmentals and commercial Friesians to 129p.
Of the show cattle the champion heifer realised £1,710 with the reserve champion steer at £1,650.
OVER 30-MONTH STOCK
(74): a late start to the sale following two buyers being delayed by the wintry weathe saw fierce competition for the rosettes, topped by Chris Elkin’s Belgian Blue at 206p, with Blondes at 188p and Limousins at 170p. Belgians at 156p and best Friesians to 125p. Grade one cows (125p); Grade two cows to 118p (109p); grade three cows to 92p (88p). Overage clean topped 167.5p for a Limousin heife with a Belgian steer at 151p. Top price was £1,812.80p (116p / £719.60p).
DAIRIES: outstanding trade for a normal week saw a top price of £2,110, with seven ove £2,000 and the entire entry o 47 milkers, which included fou three-quartered heifers, averaging 1,540. Trade set off at a cracking pace that lasted the entire day. Top call went to a powerful heife shown by the Stubbs family, o Tissington, at £2,110. Giving a massive 39.6kg she went to M R Lomas, of Calow at £2,030. Meanwhile, £2,040 clinched a stylish heifer shown by Mr Ward, of Alfreton, to Mr William Wood. Cows peaked at £1,700 for a third-calver from Mr K Lomas, of Brassington. Prices: Q1 heifers to £2,110 (£1,993); Q2 heifers to £1,720 (£1,608); Q1 cows to £1,700 (£1,700); Q2 cows to £1,570 (£1,525).
BUTCHERS’ LAMBS (588): standard weights to 240p (206p). Medium lambs, non-prize winners, topped 275p (207p) with heavy lambs, non-prize winners, to 240p (191p). Overweight lambs to 215p giving a top price o £112.66. Quality price, lambs: premium 540p (265p); prime 230p (200p); commercial 165p (154p).
EWES AND STORE SHEEP (88): top prices £116 (£80.44).
CALVES (109): a section reflecting a national shortage o rearing stock saw bull calves top £340 for Belgians with others at £332 (£282). Limousins to £332 (£267). Simmentals to £312 (£258). Herefords to £212. Friesians to £208 (£88 for 33).
Heifer calves saw a top of £318 for Belgians (£231). Simmentals to £310 (£243). Limousins to £227 (£125). Herefords to £192.
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