5,400 GNS TOPS AT NEW CIRENCESTER BASE FOR SOUTH DEVONS
Cirencester Livestock Market last week welcomed the South Devons’ Autumn Show & Sale for the first time, with Kivells as auctioneers, and the move attracted buyers from Wales, Cornwall, and Essex, as well as from the closer counties.
The Show Judge was Mr Roger Clemens from St Ervan, Wadebridge, Cornwall, who selected his male champion from a strong line-up – Mr A R Lee’s Lumbylaw Horizon 6 from Alnwick, Northumberland. This bull is by the successful Lumbylaw Halcyon 8, himself sired by Welland Valley Hanbury 10.
Reserve male champion was Mr O Brewin’s North View Claudius 7, breed champion at the South Devons’ first Performance Championships at the Livestock Event held in July at the NEC, and from the North View herd, Thorpe Langton, Leicestershire. This bull is by Welland Valley Crusader, and out of Welland Valley Claudia 6, with Waddeton bloodlines.
The award for highest performance and inspection combined, went to Mr W H D Scott’s polled bull, Z Grove Pompey 80, with polled genetics on both sire and dam side. A maiden heifer from the same herd from Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire - Grove Willowherb 87 - was awarded highest points for female performance and inspection combined.
In the female section, the champion was Mr Scott’s Grove Celandine 125, a maiden heifer with high performance figures, by AI Woodhayes Homer 5. Reserve female champion was in-calf heifer, Mr R K Rundle’s Kestle Buttermaid 118, by the very successful Lumbylaw Leo 2.
Best male pair was chosen by Mr Clemens from M E & T E Broome’s Welland Valley stable, Thorpe Langton, Market Harborough – Welland Valley Royalist 2, and Welland Valley Taurus. The equivalent female award went to Kestle Tulip 101 and Kestle Buttercup 134, from Mr R K Rundle’s Newquay-based herd.
The Sale saw ten bulls sold, topped by reserve male champion North View Claudius who sold to P S & A P Rowe, Trewint, Menheniot, Cornwall, for 5,400 guineas. Next highest price was 4,000 guineas for J Shinner & Sons’ AI Z Stretchford Icarus 2 from Buckfastleigh, Devon, judged best polled bull, and selling to K R Davis, Wincanton, Somerset; followed by the male champion Lumbylaw Horizon 6 selling to C Grisedale, Llanon, Ceredigion.
Highest priced females at 3,000 guineas apiece were the champion and reserve, selling respectively to M A & C Sandbach & Son, Wadebridge, Cornwall, and to Mr & Mrs K Webber, Roxwell, Essex. Mr W H D Scott’s Z Grove Erica 32 sold for 2,100 guineas to C G Bonner & Son, Milton Keynes; and a 5-year old cow with calf at foot from D & B Bowley, Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, sold for 2,050 guineas to D & L Farr, Belton, Leicestershire.
The dispersal of the Adult Portion of the Higher Manaton herd on behalf of Mr & Mrs D Trewin, Callington, Cornwall saw a good trade, with pedigree cows and calves topping at 2,700 guineas to M A & C Sandbach & Son; followed by 2,600 guineas to R W Bostelmann, Eccleshall, Staffordshire. Served pedigree heifers reached 2,500 guineas, again to M A & C Sandbach & Son. Grading-up and crossbred cows with calves at foot reached 2,050 guineas to A Watkins, Kentchurch, Herefordshire, who bought another five from the dispersal.
Mark Bromell from Kivells commented after the Sale, “It was an excellent entry of stock that met a solid trade.”
Averages: 10 pedigree bulls £3,266; 6 haltered served pedigree heifers £2,249; 10 haltered maiden heifers £1,701; 5 non haltered served heifers £1,229; 17 non haltered maiden heifers £1,081
Auctioneers: Messrs Kivells, Holsworthy