Top Price Bull: Welland Valley Dynamic 12
SOUTH DEVONS TOP AT 4500 GUINEAS AT RUGBY
The recent pedigree sale of South Devons at Rugby market, on behalf of the Midland Club, saw new buyers acquiring foundation stock, and existing pedigree breeders carefully selecting additions to their herds.
Judge Mr Paul Harrison whose Brafferton herd from Tollerton, Yorkshire, is well-known across the country, picked his male and breed champion from one of two bulls consigned by Hadley Farms Ltd, Leamington Spa. Z Knightcote Tudor 17 is a March 2017 born homozygous polled bull with great shape by Z Polkinghorne Tudor, and out of a homebred cow, Z Knightcote Anthea 43. The bull sold to R G Elliott & Son, Kislingbury, Northants, for 2,600 guineas. The Hadleys’ younger bull, Z Knightcote Digger 6 sold to the Ethy Barton herd, Lostwithiel, Cornwall for 3,000 guineas.
Reserve male champion was from A E J & F J Claridge, Middle Claydon, Bucks – Knowlhill Ambassador 3, another very shapely bull, by Knowlhill Ambassador. He went on to sell for the second highest price of the day to Mr C Warner, Ledbury, Herefordshire for 4,000 guineas.
Top price bull was Welland Valley Dynamic 12 from M E & T E Broome’s Thorpe Langton, Leicestershire, herd, whose grandsire on the sire side was Stretchford Dynamic 3. His sire Welland Valley Dynamic 5 was judged Best Bull in the 2016 Midland Club Herd Competition. The buyer at 4,500 guineas was Mr S Summers, Towcester, Northants and the bull joins his Summer Brooke herd.
Champion: Z Knightcote Tudor 17
In the female section Paul Harrison’s champion was K V & M A Plain’s two year old heifer Foxhole Calla 4, by Trewint Magnetto 12 and out of a homebred polled cow by Z Colcharton Hallmark 12. She went on to achieve the highest female price of the day at 2,100 guineas to Dunstall Estate, Burton-on-Trent. This buyer also purchased the Plains’ second heifer, Foxhole Cerys 3 for 1,900 guineas, along with the reserve female champion from the Claridge family, Knowlhill Sally 53 for 1,800 guineas.
Averages: 9 bulls £2,975; 16 heifers born 2017 £1,511; 11 heifers born 2018 £1,026
Auctioneers: Messrs Kivells, with thanks to Rugby Farmers Mart