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JACKPOT FOR Z COLCHARTON JACKPOT 1!  South Devons to 10,500 gns at Exeter

Overall Presentation

Average bull prices rose by £602 for the South Devons’ Spring Show & Sale at Exeter, rising for the sixth year in succession, and making this one of the most successful breed sales this century.  The top price was set at 10,500 guineas and other well-contested bidding continued to raise the bar.  Breed Secretary Caroline Poultney commented, “It has been a tremendous sale for the breed, with confidence clearly demonstrated in the future of this native breed.  Vendors have brought forward the right type of cattle for the market and are duly rewarded.”

Boakley Colonel 6000gns

Champion: Boakley Colonel 6000gns

In the show ring Judge Anne Tully from Waddeton, Brixham, Devon selected her male champion for the Roskymer Cup from Reuben Saunders’ Boakley herd, Malmesbury, Wiltshire – Boakley Colonel, a March 2021-born bull by 2019 National Show champion and Society Bull of the Year Grove Brutus 151, and out of Mells Park Cornflower, this being her 11th calving. 

Reserve male champion with the Rowe Cup was Peter & Ashley Rowe’s Trewint Jake, from Menheniot, Liskeard, Cornwall.  This bull is by the same sire, Trewint Jasper, who sired the 2022 Spring Sale reserve male champion, and out of Trewint Mary 89.

The male champion was also judged best polled bull receiving the Polled South Devon Perpetual Cup, and best bull on a combination of Breedplan performance and inspection points with the Thornton Cup.  The best male pair and receiving the Macfarlane Cup came from Peter & Ashley Rowe’s Trewint herd – Trewint Jake and Trewint Santos.

Female champion presentation

Female champion presentation

Female champion and awarded the Waddeton Perpetual Cup was Becky Dennis, Okehampton, Devon with Cruft Buttercup 2, a smart 21-month old heifer by Z Eyton Odin 1, and with bloodlines including from the Rufford, Kestle, and Lumbylaw herds.

Prizes were presented in the show ring by Mr Robert Dimond whose Shepton pedigree herd is established near Wincanton in Somerset, and who was elected the previous evening at the Society’s AGM as this year’s President.

Z Colcharton Jackpot 1 - 10500gns

Z Colcharton Jackpot 1 - 10,500gns 

In the sale, top priced bull, homozygous polled Z Colcharton Jackpot 1 from Colcharton Farm Partners certainly took the jackpot at 10,500 gns, selling to Laity Farms, Gwinear, Hayle, Cornwall. 

Trewint Clarkson - 8200gns

Trewint Clarkson - 8200gns 

Coming up behind as the next highest was 8,200 gns for Peter & Ashley Rowe’s Trewint Clarkson, selling to C Hart, Braunton, Devon. 

Z Mutterton Harry Masters 2 - 6800gns

Z Mutterton Harry Masters 2 - 6800gns

In the 6,000’s came Messrs Bartley’s, Cullompton, Devon polled Z Mutterton Harry Masters 2, selling to J & B Fentem & Sons, Ashbourne, Derbyshire for 6,800 gns.  Then M R & R J Rowe’s Tregondale Louis 10, from Menheniot, Cornwall going to Messrs Osborne from North Bovey, Devon for 6,200 gns; and the male champion with a new home with P S & A P Rowe, Menheniot, Cornwall for 6,000 gns.

Tregondale Louis 10 - 6200gns

Tregondale Louis 10 - 6200gns

Z Cilgwrrwg Griff - 5500 gns

Z Cilgwrrwg Griff - 5500 gns

Besowsa Bartholomew 5000gns

Besowsa Bartholomew - 5000gns

Also in the highlights were R V Hartshorn’s polled prize-winning Z Cilgwrrwg Griff, junior bull of the year in 2022 from Telford, Shropshire who moves to Lacock in Gloucestershire with R J Hopkins for 5,500 gns; and S J & S M Ward’s Besowsa Bartholomew, a Waddeton Homer 7 son, going to N Tucker, Bratton Fleming, Devon for 5,000 gns.

A consignment of in-calf and served polled heifers from The Tully Partnership, Waddeton, Brixham sold to M J & M Bickle & Son, Bridestowe, Devon and R F T Halliday, Callington, Cornwall for an average of 1,730 gns.

The new Society chairman Edward Hawkins, silver award winner of the British Farming Awards 2022 and winner of the 2022 National Herd Competition, said, “Vendors were enthusiastically rewarded by excellent prices from new and existing South Devon breeders.”  Buyers travelled from far and wide to support the sale, and cattle found new homes in Leicestershire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Derbyshire and Buckinghamshire, as well as in the West Country.

Averages: 27 x bulls £4,655 | 5 x heifers £1,817 - Auctioneers: Messrs Kivells

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