Grove herd on top as South Devons put through paces
By Jeremy Hunt
DOUGLAS Scotts well-known Grove herd of South Devons took home a clutch of titles from the breed societys autumn show and sale in Exeter and achieved the days top price of 1800gns last week.
The Grove herd, based at Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, carried off two major titles with the same bull under judge Miss Joanne Richards, Truro. The best bull award and the performance/ inspection cup both went to Grove Cornelius 35th, a son of Grove Charlemagne 5th.
The March 1997-bred champion achieved a Signet recorded weight of 647kg at 400-days and had a Beef Value of 24. He heads back to Glos to join the Macaroni herd of Charles Phillips at Cirencester.
Mr Scott also won the pairs title partnering Cornelius 35th with the second placed Grove Brutus 39th, another Charlemagne 5th son. Grove Cornelius 30th, by the same sire, made 1300gns to join Mr J Fishs Flintfield herd at Fakenham, Norfolk.
Reflecting the times, newly-appointed breed society auctioneers Norton and Brooksbank had a sticky start to their term with just eight bulls finding new homes to average £1211.
Devon breeder Richard Harvey from Ivybridge, combined the very best of his long-established bloodlines in the bull Sexton Conqueror 11th. This son of Royal Show champion Sexton Hermes – from the herds top wining Kay family – made 1500gns to Mr R Trenouth for his Tresallyn herd at Padstow, Cornwall.
Females twice reached 650gns when Richard Peek, Barnstaple, Devon added two in-calf heifers to his Wallover herd.
They were both from the Kestle herd consignment of Roger Rundle, Newquay, and comprised the reserve female champion sired by Trevowah Joe Louis and a daughter of Kestle Jethro.
The female championship went to * Tully and Sons with Waddeton Mona 16th, a maiden heifer from their herd at Brixham.
Averages: eight bulls £1211; five females £504 and 16 females from the dispersal of the Angletarn herd £465. (Norton and Brooksbank) *