The third production sale from the Doncombe herd of David and Sue Knight culminated in a top call of 2,900gns for Doncombe Bermuda Rose, an eight year old daughter of Druk Thor. She sold in-calf to Doncombe Chevalier and with a heifer calf at foot to P Thomas, Wokingham, Berkshire.
The Thomas family secured several lots at the sale to further strengthen their show team including Doncombd Asgard, a Druk Lance daughter with heifer calf at foot for 1,720gns and a served heifer Doncombe Himalaya in-calf to the French bull Anis and by Druk Thor for 2,050gns.
Cows and calves met good trade with calves finding favour with a strong contingent of buyers. Two cows and calves both hit 2,650gns – the first Doncombe Flavia, a successful show animal and unbeaten as a heifer by Druk Thor and with a Rodleigh Voyageur heifer calf at foot, was taken by CH Ede and Son, Somersal, Derby.
The second, Doncombe Florentyna, by Doncombe Dionysus and with a Blackwater Jockey heifer calf at foot, was secured by J Wilson and Son, Tamworth, Staffordshire.
Another Druk Thor daughter Doncombe Gladys with a bull calf levelled at a very creditable 2,500gns to MD Pryce, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Maiden Heifers closely followed, peaking at 1,220gns for Doncombe Hufflepuff, sired by the French bull Ulfila and out of a Druk Thor daughter. She went home with Messrs Holtom and Son, Meriden, Coventry.
Averages: 15 cows and calves , £2,111.90; six served heifers, £1,685.25; five maiden heifers, £1,113.00.