Nationwide demand for Red Ruby Devons has been growing steadily over the past few years, and the breed society’s autumn show and sale at Sedgemoor Auction Centre was no exception to the trend with Gareth Jenkins making the long journey from Caithness to Sedgemoor to buy the champion bull, Stonegrove Livestock’s Stonegrove Northstar, for 3,200gns. The Jenkins farm at Bower in Caithness and run a large herd of Red Ruby Devon suckler cows.
Reserve champion bull, Colleton Montgomery was bought by well known Devon and Blonde breeder, Stephen Potter, of Whistley Farm, Harptree Bristol, for 2,000gns.
Females also sold well. Demand for cows and calves was particularly strong with highest priced cow and calf unit being Phillip and Caroline Gay’s nine-year-old cow, Westbury Limelight 5th, with bull calf at foot, going for 2,000gns to Richard Dibben of Hayes Farm, Sturminster Newton in Dorset.
The Coxwell Herd from Faringdon in Oxfordshire were well rewarded for bringing cattle down from Oxfordshire. Their maiden heifer Coxwell Broad 8th won her class and beat a quality bunch of 2 yr old heifers to take reserve female champion. She went on to get top price for maiden heifers, being sold to Paul Brewer from Donhead Hall, near Shaftesbury in Dorset for 1,900gns.
George Vellacott of Ashway Farm Dulverton, Somerset, took the female champion for the 4th consecutive show and sale. His 2yr old in-calf heifer Ashway Plum 1st took the female championship and went on to sell for 2,300gns Mr French of Green Farm, Chelwood near Bristol.
That was nearly enough to secure top price for the females, but for HF Weston and Son’s in-calf heifer Kersdown Bluebell 47th who attracted strong bidding, finally going to Mrs Ruth Armishaw of Lower Mere Park Farm, Warminster for 2,400gns.
Averages (gns): Bulls 2600, Cows in-calf 1600, or calf at foot, In-calf heifers 1400, Maiden heifers 1765