6 The Chronicle, Thursday, 16th December, 2010. www.chronicleseries.co.uk
CALVES (152): the 109 bull calves averaged £106.83, 43 heifer calves £134.16. The weather remained cold, but the trade didn’t follow suit. A lot of killing calves rought the overall bull average down. Top bull a Simmental to £278 with many more over the £250 mark. A similar shapey Simmental with a bit more age also topped out at £278. A Simmental heifer topped the Continental heifers at £195. Blue heifers were in strong demand, selling to £246. Bulls: Holstein x (23): (£24.57) to £74, Lower Withington; Friesian (17): (£18.71) to £56, Moreton; Ayrshire (1): £16, Madeley; Hereford (1): £90, Kermincham; Simmental x (19): (£220.21) to £278, Lower Withington; Limousin x (4): (£214.50) to £232, Middlewich; Blonde D’Aquitaine x (3): (£194) to £228, Church Lawton; British Blue (9): (£212.22) to £245, Allostock; Shorthorn (10): (£23.40) to £36; Aberdeen Angus (19): (£141.95) to £205, Betchton Heath; Sussex x (1): £36; Devon x (1): £140, Sutton; Brown Swiss (1): £14.
Heifers: Hereford (1): £120, Allostock; Simmental x (13): (£160.92) to £195, Sandbach; Limousin x ((5): (£132) to £192; Blonde D’Aquitaine x (1): £178, Church Lawton; British Blue (6): (£189.17) to £245; Aberdeen Angus (16): (£97.25) to £172, Betchton Heath; Sussex x (1): £28.
POULTRY (242 HEADS): hybrid point of lay pullets were much in evidence with warrens achieving £6, speckledies and eechwood blues £4. Other best rices included light sussex pullets £10; buff rock bantams £7; turkeys £14.
DAIRY AND BEEF BREEDING CATTLE: highlight a smart pure Hereford bull at £1,000. A nice second calved Shorthorn x cow sold for £860 and an entry of Highland cow and calves from North Wales to £415, £400 and £390.
STORE CATTLE: strong Simmental x steers topped the market at £800; 18 month Charolais x to £675, heifers led y a Limousin x at £675. Younger suckled calves around six months old sold to £425 (steers) and £410, £405 (bulls) with slightly stronger heifers to £425.
PIGS (221): the 33 show pigs saw a top quality entry. Geoff Mycock was the show judge and awarded the Ted Potter Perpetual Challenge Cup to the first prize en of pork pigs, shown by John Eden of Messrs T W Eden and Son, of Preston on the Hill, Warrington. The champion pen sold at 200p on behalf of Arnold Mycock and Sons, family butchers, of Buxton.
CULL SOWS AND BOARS (11): fewer on offer met a similar trade with best sows to 58p. Two oars 31p (29.27p); nine sows to 58p (47.91p).
BUTCHERS’ PIGS (104): 15 orkers to 200p (139.33p); 17 cutters to 134p (101.46p); 69 baconers to 145p (110.76p); three overweights to 114p (95.68p); 104 overall 1128p. The 106 store and reeding pigs saw steady demand with all weights and breeds looking good value for money.
STORE AND BREEDING SHEEP (77): entry of MV accredited Charollais ewes sold as running with a pedigree ram met plenty of interest. Pedigree Charollais shearling ewe in lamb to 155gns;
edigree Charollais two shear ewe in lamb to 200gns; pedigree Charollais three shear ewe in lamb to 170gns. Plenty of demand for the few store lambs on offer to a top of £57.50 for Suffolk.
FARM PRODUCE (18
LOADS): a week for small bale hay where the top price was £235 per tonne beating the previous record set a few weeks ago at £225 per tonne. There was a strong trade for big bale hay with opening bids of £140 per tonne common, leading to sale prices at £175 and £180 per tonne for the best loads with £130 per tonne and £140 per tonne for second quality. Best quality haylage £108 per tonne, second quality £68 per tonne. Not one load of big bale barley straw on offer but a single load of small bale barley made £120 per tonne. Big bale wheat was also in short supply but a keen trade with round bale at £70 to £82 per tonne and heston bales £75 to £85 per tonne. Small bale wheat straw at £85. per tonne. Bad weather the last two Mondays has curtailed the entries and enhanced the demand, hence the high prices.
LIVE TURKEY (143): 15 small (151/2lb) to £27p (£1.39); 10 medium (16lb) to £1.10p (£1.10); 16 heavy (20lb) to £1.46p (£1.34); 72 medium bronze to 89p (66p); 15 geese to £1.33p (£1.13); 15 not sold.
HOLLY WREATHS: best wreaths were from £3-£10 with everything in between. The first mistletoe sold at similar rates to previous years — £40 for good sized wraps of approximately 30lb.
EGGS (1986 DOZ): extra large £1.25; large 80p; medium 70p; small 50p. Free range, large: £1.60; medium £1.50; small £1.05. Dressed partridge £2.50; 24 brace of pigeon £1.25; three brace of duck £3.75; dressed mallard £4.50; 2 brace of woodcock £6; dressed chicken £14; 284 brace of pheasant to £1.75; 21 brace of partridge £2.50; 77 doz duck eggs from £2 to £3.70; 13 goose eggs £1.
DRESSED TURKEYS: the fourth sale met an improved trade selling to £39 (£25.96); 16lb from to £2.18 (£1.65); 17lb-21lb to £2.17 £2.02).POTATOES AND STOCK FEED CARROTS (837 BAGS): buyers very selective. Wilja £3.75; Victoria £3.75; reds £3.75; Nadine £3.75; 560 stock feed carrots to £1.30; rolled barley £4.25; barley straw £2; stock feed potatoes £1.25; rolled oats £4.25.
VEGETABLES (1147 PACKAGES): smaller entry with the usual buyers resulted in some high prices making up for previous week’s lull in trade with leeks up to £6.25. Prices: cabbage jan king £3.25; cauliflowers x 6 £6; swede x 28lb £2.50; parsnips x 10lb £3; marrow 60p; savoy x 10 £2.25; onion large x 20kg £6.50; beetroot x 28lb £2.25; onion baby x 4kg £1.50; dirty carrots x 12.5kg £4.25; onion x 12.5kg £4; leeks £6.25; red onion x 12.5kg £4; celeriac x5lb £2.25; sprout stems x 5 £2; indoor celery x six £3.50.
CHRISTMAS TREES (6,862): Nordman £38 (£24); noble £20 (£14); Frasier £16 (£14); pine £10 (£8); potted Noble £18 (£16); potted Nordman £18 (£16); large 20ft £35 (£20).
CULL COWS, BULLS AND OTM CATTLE (129): the 91 Black and White cows sold from £192.60 to £879.90 (£510.27). Good Continental Cows were the best sold. Two animals over £1,000 and four selling between £900 and £1,000. Prices: Limousin x 796kg, 138p or £1098.48; Limousin x 790kg, 125p or £987.50; saler 778kg, 125p, or £972.50; Simmental x 886kg, 107p or £948.02; Hereford 898kg, 102p or £915.96; Limousin x 810kg, 111p or £899.10; British Blue x 784kg, 113p or £886.92; Holstein x 838kg, 105p or £879.90; Limousin x 742kg, 116p or £860.72; Holstein x 848kg, 101p or £856.48; Holstein x 838kg, 102p or £854.76; Hereford 856kg, 99p or £847.44; Limousin x 714kg, 118p or £842.52; Holstein x 798kg, 100p or £798; Charolais x 780kg, 102p or £795.70; Friesian 810kg, 97p or £785.70. Cull cows: Holstein (63): (540.74p) to 879.90p; Friesian (28): (428.22p) to 785.70p.
BUTCHERS’ LAMBS (911): sold to 204p for 47.2g Texel crosses from Ken House, Buglawton (172.8p). Although many butchers and wholesalers complain that they are struggling to sell any quantity of sheep meat at present prices, they all seemed keen to ensure they at least had something available to sell in the busy run up to Christmas. Premium quality lambs of all weights were well sold throughout, export weights from 38-44kg again finding several jobs, with added demand from Spain for lightweight (30-37kg) boosting that end, and several local wholesalers, supplying quality butchers’ shops, keen to buy quality, heavyweight Continental crosses, providing they meet the right specifications. Lambs: premium 204p (190.5p); prime 184p (180.8p); others 167p (162.5p). The 65 cull ewes and rams averaged £77.88; Texel crosses to £100 (twice); Charollais crosses to £100; Mules to £85.
BUTCHERS’ CATTLE (85): some superb butchers’ quality cattle of all classes raced away to average 152p. Leading the day was a home-bred heifer at 202p after being snowbound for the last week or more. Several customers came close to that magical 200p barrier. Heifer weighing 730kg made 185p - £1,350! No less than eight heifers generated over £1,000. Bulls were a good trade once again, to 196p. Black and Whites to 162p for fleshed Friesians.
14 steers 166p (146.55p); 38 heifers 202p (158.21p); 33 bulls 196p (147.98p); 85 overall average 152.23p.
The cold weather and the electronic system left its mark on the day’s proceedings at the Christmas fatstock sale, with long queues waiting for the sheep scales to be thawed out. Then the cattle scales succumbed to the cold.
Not to be outdone, the threephase dropped in mid-sale with the effect that all computers were inoperative for an hour.
FAT CATTLE (30): despite everything, trade for cattle was brisk with the champion beast from Wayne Smith, of Basford, realising £1,840 and taking the perpetual Challenge Cup. Reserve champion went to a Belgian heifer from Mr JP Wayne, of Ible; that changed hands at £1,420. Second prize steer came from Alan Lancaster (£1,060) and second prize heifer from Alan Stubbs (£972). Show cattle sold to average £1,060 with non-show steers averaging £780 and heifers £925. Young bulls sold to a top of £758 (£598).
OVER 30-MONTH STOCK (59): prize-winning Continental cows to £1,200 for two from Mr Stubbs with Charolais from Les Elkin to £1,080. Home-bred cows to £868 for a Holstein. Grade one cows, non-show, averaged £812 with grade two to £615 (£538) and grade three to £442 (£390).
DAIRY CATTLE (39): another difficult day from a weather point of view, with temperatures well below freezing. Numbers and trade were not hindered with a good show forward and four passing the £2,000 mark. Top call went to Messrs Johnson of Longnor, at £2,210 for a heifer giving 7.5gals. She went to Nuneaton. Close behind at £2,060 was a heifer from Betholt, of Stafford. Sold giving 33.5kg, she went to Mr Bayley. He also went on to take a Gea Aaron Sheva daughter. Cows peaked at £1,760 for a fourth calver. Q1 heifers sold to £2,210 (£2,013); Q2 heifers £1680 (£1574); Q1 cows to £1,760 (£1,760); Q2 cows to £1,410 (£1,410).
BUTCHERS’ SHEEP (919): an excellent show of quality lambs for the Christmas show and sale which was judged by Alison Bould of A and N Bould Butchers, of Leek. The champion lambs were shown by Martin Shaw, a pair which sold for 510p at 42kg or £214.20 per head to Manifold Valley Meats. The best pen of five lambs under 42kg was shown again by Mr Shaw at weights of 41kg and sold at 260p to the judge. Second prize went to Neil Redfern being 40.6kg lambs and selling for 208p. The best pen of five lambs over 42kg was shown by Alan Lancaster at 42.8kg and sold for 220p to John Heath, of Cheadle, with second prize going to Mr Shaw for a pen of 47.2kg lambs selling for 212p.
The best pair of lambs under 42kg were the champions above with the second prize being a pair from James Gilman at 38.5kg and selling for 192p.
Frank Heath, of Market Drayton, sold the best pair of six heavy lambs weighing 43.5kg to Carl James for 250p with the second prize being a pair of 50kg lambs selling again to Mr James for 225p. Standardweights averaged 170p, mediumweights 173p and heavy lambs 165p.
EWES AND STORE SHEEP (154): sharp demand taking best Texels from Roger Bailey to £97 with others from Joe Gilman to £96 giving a market average of £58.60p. Rams to £100 apiece (£85).
CALVES (142): Blue bulls topped £308 with others to £292 (34, £164). Simmentals from John Holdcroft, of Brown Edge, to £265 (£211). Limousins to £240 (£179). Herefords to £220 (£141). Friesians to £108 (19, £32). Heifers topped £258 and £228 for Blues (£140 for 21). Simmentals to £188 (£135). Herefords to £170 (£143). Angus to £138. Charolais £128.
On track for more stops
More intercity trains could stop at more stations following the extension of the High Speed Two development to Manchester, Macclesfield MP David Rutley, has been told in Parliament.
Mr Rutley, whose constituency includes some rural areas of Congleton, had asked about the impact of the extension on existing rail services, including those from Manchester to Euston, which stop at Macclesfield.
Transport Minister Philip Hammond said: “The introduction of HS Two services in 2025 will change the nature of operations on the west coast main line.
“It will create additional capacity on that line and provide the opportunity for more trains that stop at more places, which is one of the demands that we regularly receive, and it will also create the opportunity for more freight paths and thus more transfer of freight from road to rail.”
The precise detail of service patterns will be decided when the franchise for the west coast main line post-2025 is let, he said.
Latest plans before council
Cheshire East Council has decided the following planning applications:
Permission with conditions Congleton: Hamriding Bramley, St Mary’s Drive, Whitegate, CW8 2EZ, for development land off Third Avenue, proposed erection of a steelframed building for B1, light industrial / B2, general industrial use; Mr and Mrs Riley, Bank House, Wallhill Lane, Brownlow, for land off Brook Lane, proposed manège in connection with existing stables; Mrs J Beresford, 11, Truro Close, single-storey extension to side elevation.
Middlewich: Russell Homes, Alliance House, 13, Westpoint Enterprise Park, Clarence Avenue, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1QS, for land off Jersey Way, Middlewich, extend the time limit for implementation of planning approval (development of 82 dwellings, public open space and means of access); Steven Howard, site at Brooks Lane Industrial Estate, Brooks Lane, change of use to retail of new and used construction machinery and vehicles, retail of machinery parts and attachments from a parts department, store machinery and vehicles for sale, preparation, maintenance and repair of machinery and vehicles and goods vehicle operation centre.
Rural: Delia Metcalfe, Pale Lodge, Chelford Road, Henbury, SK10 4RS, for Foden Bank Farm, Lapwing Lane, Lower Withington, proposed two-storey extension to rear single-storey extension to side and internal alterations; Mr M Pritchett, Pear Tree Farm, Holmshaw Lane, Haslington, replacement of existing outbuilding for use as an annexe to existing dwelling, re-submission; Mr S Ball, 8, Needham Drive, Cranage, single and two-storey side and rear extensions; Niamh and Vivienne Darcy and Cook, Oakton Stud Farm, Thisilldous, Macclesfield Road, North Rode, land adjacent to, Macclesfield Road, North Rode, permanent agricultural workers dwelling.
Sandbach: Michael Davies, Pequa, Plant Lane, Moston, take down existing conservatory and replace structure with a solid roof; Mr K Farrington, 2, The Coppice, one rear single-storey extension and demolition of existing conservatory; Mr R Hushion, 27, Elton Road, alterations and ground floor extension on rear of dwelling; Safeguard Ltd Farm Buildings, Home Farm, Bradwall Road, Bradwall, change of use of traditional range to four dwellings (re-submission).
Refused Sandbach: Mr R Clarke, 93, Heath Road, two-storey extension to rear elevation, including internal alterations.
Positive certificate Rural: Emily BromleyDavenport, Long Lane Farm, Davenport Lane, Brereton, application for a lawful development certificate.
Approved Rural: Mr D Smith, Canons Field, Church Bank, Goostrey, removal of conditions seven and eight on planning application.
Withdrawn Rural: Mr W Rigby, Cheshire Nurseries, Salters Lane, Siddington, erection of a building at the nursery to provide office accommodation, potting and packing facilities and storage of nursery consumables/ chemicals.
Latest applications Cheshire East Council has received the following planning applications:
Alsager: Mr B Astley, Oa Farm, Audley Road, conversion of redundant barn to form new dwelling with integral garage; Mr S Cuthbert, The Point, Crewe Road, fascia; Mrs A Varney, 17, Church Road, provision of glass lantern above existing flat roof.
Congleton: Aah Plc, 41a, West Street, advertisement consent to display three non illuminated sets of individual letters and logos, one externally illuminated traditional hanging sign, two externally applied window graphics; Donna Barnes, 16, Johnson Close, first floo side extension, single-storey side and rear extension, re-submission; Mr and Mrs H J and J A McNeil, land rear of 58, Lee Road, proposed detached dwelling (land at the rear of 58, Lee Road); Mr C Johnson, Boundary Villa Farm, 4, Boundary Lane, extension to boundary Villa Farm and associated change of use to residential.
Holmes Chapel: Mr and Mrs M Mousikou, 35, London Road, advertisement consent for one fascia sign; Paul Ford, Bellfields Farm, Marsh Lane, demolition of existing outbuildings and construction of steel farm shed.
Middlewich: Shell U Retail, Holmes Chapel Road, removal of existing below ground fuel storage tanks and installation of three no new 70,000 litre double skin below ground fuel storage tanks.
Rural: Bill Stracy, land opposite Rose Cottages, Holmes Chapel Road, Somerford, outline application for the erection of up to six dwellings with all matters reserved except for the means of access at land of Holmes Chapel Road, Brereton Heath; Bryan Grinham, Boggins Hill, Bennetts Lane, Bosley, two-storey extension to rear o property and dormer window to the front; D J Lowe and Partners, Shanty Farm, Moss Lane, Cranage, variation of conditions four and five on application (condition four to limit the retailing of non food items only, condition five to require conversion to agricultural storage); Mr and Mrs G and A Barlow, Manor Croft, Pillar Box Lane, Bradwall, non material amendment to planning application; Mr B Caldwell, 69, Crewe Road, Haslington, alterations and twostorey extension of detached house; Mrs Scott, The Farriers, The Courtyard, Swettenham Road, Swettenham, erection o a single-storey timber framed glazed conservatory; Platts Paint services, Newcastle Road, Smallwood, extension to industrial building; Rapierstar, Chain and Gate, Congleton Road, North Rode, change of use o part of existing warehouse to provide ancillary offices, canteen and toilet facilities, with incidental external alterations; William Archer, Withington Hall, Holmes Chapel Road, Lower Withington, extension to main house incorporating two new bedrooms and conservatory together with proposed glazed link to six-car garage and function room.
Sandbach: Michael Carew, 105, Bradwall Road, alterations and ground floor extension o dwelling, Mr and Mrs M Holleran, 13b, The Avenue, Edwardian conservatory to rea elevation; Mr and Mrs Woolnough, 4, Davenport Close, single-storey rear extension; Mrs D Chadwick and Mr P Edwards, Croft House, 24, Forge Fields, extension to time limit on approval for proposed bungalow to replace the existing two-storey commercial vehicle garage.