South Devon breeders competed for high health status bulls at the herd book society’s show and sale at Exeter where bidding reached 7200gns for an entry where every bull had been tested clear of BVD.

 

The South Devon Herd Book Society’s fixture offered bulls that were BVD clear and had been double vaccinated – a new society requirement at sales.

 

Commented breed secretary Caroline Poultney:” The financial incentive offered by the society to encourage members to join CHeCS licensed health schemes is paying dividends. We had 70% of the bulls consigned by CHeCS member herds.”

 

Judge Gordon Tully, Brixham, Devon had seven well-filled bull classes and found his champion in Ivybridge breeder Richard Harvey’s Sexton Poll Polaris 26. Although not polled himself, this well-grown bull is by Z Sexton Poll Hermes who is producing outstanding progeny. Polaris is out of a Lumbylaw Baron dam and was bought by David Ashcroft for his Chavid herd in Hampshire.

 

Alan and Elizabeth Bartley from Cullompton earned the second highest bid selling Mutterton Strongbow 13th at 7000gns to A and C Farms, Stamford, Lincolnshire who paid 10,500gns for another bull from the same herd last year. Strongbow 13th is by Northwick General 8th.

 

The first bull in the ring made 6700gns for owners George and Anne Dart of Cullompton. Their AI Woodhayes Homer 5th is by Edmeston Homer 1st and from the herd’s good Daffodil family. Homer 5th is in the top 1% of the breed for quality beef and suckler replacement Indexes. Buyer was Douglas Scott for his noted Grove herd in Gloucestershire.

 

Tom Earl from Cornwall paid 6200gns for Newquay vendor Roger Rundle’s Kestle Leo 12th who is by Lumbylaw Leo 2nd. He is full brother to Kestle Dhalia 60th that was breed champion at last summer’s Royal Norfolk Show where she also stood supreme native champion. Leo 12th has a suckler replacement index of +41.

 

There were three bulls at 5200gns including the reserve champion Z Colcharton Hallmark 12th, a polled bull from the Edwards family from Tavistock. By Z Treguddick Hallmark 22nd, this bull also took the award for the best polled bull and was one of the winning pair of bulls from the Colcharton herd, taking the Greenslade Cup. Hallmark 22nd realised 5,400 guineas to join Kevin and Margaret Plain‘s Foxhole herd from Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

 

The winner of the Thornton Cup for performance and inspection was AI Kestle King Leo from Roger Rundle. By AI Cholwells King, he is in the top 5% of the breed for quality beef and suckler replacement indexes. He is out of the Lumbylaw Leo 2nd sired cow Kestle Buttermaid 79th who is a past Royal Show reserve champion. He realised 5200gns to Edward Hawking, Taunton.

 

Douglas Scott’s Grove Pompey 67th, a son of Rufford Sas Dillon, also made 5200gns to Diana Rusher, Minehead.

 

The female champion was also from the Grove consignment – Grove Hawthorn 44th. By Goffe Cave Navigator and out of Grove Hawthorn 32nd she sold for 2000gns to Alec Sale and Gemma Hodkinson, Basildon, Essex.

 

Averages: 40 bulls £3,623; six halter-broken bulling heifers £1,685. 

 

(Kivells)