The South Devon Society saw a strong trade at their Spring Sale in Exeter, with a top price of 10,000 guineas, and an average bull price of £3,830 which represents an increase of almost £200 on the year. Heifers also sold well, topping at 2,400 guineas, and averaging £1,943. Overall there was a 92% clearance rate.
Buyers travelled from far and wide to support the sale, and cattle found new homes in Buckinghamshire, Norfolk, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire and Powys, as well as in the West Country.
In the show ring Judge Richard Hartshorn from Telford, Shropshire selected his male champion from a good choice of bulls – an April 2017 born son of Welland Valley Hadrian 5 from Roger Rundle’s Newquay herd – Kestle Emperor 7. Reserve male champion was the highest price at 10,000 gns – Trewint Clyde, by North View Claudius, and with bloodlines including Welland Valley and Sexton – from Peter & Ashley Rowe’s Trewint, Menheniot, herd.
Best bull judged on a combination of Breedplan performance and inspection points was George & Ann Dart’s AI Z Woodhayes Ashley 18, from Cullompton, Devon, a polled bull with EBVs in the top 5% of the breed. The best male pair came from The Tully Partnership’s Waddeton herd from Brixham, Devon – Waddeton Claude 2 and Waddeton Claude 3, both by Grove Claudius 102. Best polled bull was Alan & Elizabeth Bartley’s Z Mutterton Kyoto 12 from Cullompton, Devon, by X Arncliffe Kyoto from last year’s National Herd Competition Yorkshire winners, and with grandsire Z Shorland Ashley on the dam side.
In the female section, Judge Richard Hartshorn chose his champion and reserve champions from Douglas Scott’s Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire herd – AI Grove Buttercup 176 and Z Grove Willowherb 99. The first is by AI Rufford SAS Jambo, and the second by X Upper Norton Presto. The two together also made the best female pair, and Willowherb 99 took the prize of best polled female.
Prizes were presented in the show ring by Mrs Anne Tully, Waddeton, Brixham, Devon, who was elected the previous evening at the Society’s AGM as this year’s President.
In the sale, top priced reserve champion bull Trewint Clyde sold to R J & C J Edwards’ Colcharton herd, Tavistock, Devon for 10,000 gns. The male champion, Kestle Emperor 7, was the next highest price at 5,100 gns to Shillingham Farm Partners, Saltash, Cornwall. Top priced polled bull was Z Stretchford Icarus 5, a March 2017 born bull by homebred sire AI X Stretchford Icarus from J Shinner & Sons, Buckfastleigh, Devon, who sold for 5,000 gns to Dorset breeders Mr & Mrs J A Hopkins. Next highest bull prices were 4,600 gns for A H & E M Bartley’s Z Mutterton Kyoto 12 to I Kendle, Dereham, Norfolk; 4,200 gns for P S & A P Rowe’s Trewint Churchill to K V & M A Plain, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire; and 4,100 gns for The Tully Partnership’s Waddeton Claude 3 to Mr & Mrs R C Burrough & Sons, Axminster, Devon.
Heifers topped at 2,400 gns for P S & A P Rowe’s Trewint Mary 87, selling with four others from the same stable to S Clarke, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Another from the Rowes sold for 2,300 gns to L Salt, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. W H D Scott’s female champion, AI Grove Buttercup 176 sold to West Prawle Farm, Kingsbridge, Devon for 2,200 gns; and A Brookes’ Z Beckaveans Claire 5 sold to Shillingham Farm Partners for 2,100 gns.
Commenting on the day’s trade, auctioneer Mark Bromell said, “An excellent sale with a large attendance of buyers from all over the UK saw spirited bidding and high demand for both the bulls and maiden heifers. A very enjoyable day in the rostrum!”
Averages: 21 x bulls £3,830; 12 heifers £1,943. Auctioneers: Messrs Kivells