Buoyant mood at South Devon Society sale

The South Devon Society’s autumn show and sale at Bristol attracted a strong display of females, achieving prices not seen for many years and a total clearance.


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Top price of the day of 4400 gns went to K V & M A Plain’s Foxhole Bentley, reserve male champion, by Trevassack Trooper 12.  Male champion, J P Harrison’s Brafferton Starbuster 17 from Yorkshire, successfully shown at the Great Yorkshire Show earlier in the year, achieved 3500 gns 


Topping the female section at 2800gns was R R B and S J harvey‘s Sexton Kay 151, in calf to polled bull Z Northwick General 10. She was closely followed at 2700 gns by the champion female – T G Davies’s Z Monkton Cowslip 24 and another in-calf heifer from the Sexton herd.


In the non-halter broken female section, a strong group of in-calf heifers from P W Coaker on Dartmoor led the trade, averaging 1680 guineas.


The dispersal of J A Wadsworth’s Court Farm herd, from Somerset, brought strong competition in the bidding, with cows and heifers finding new homes in Sussex, East Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, and Devon.  Bloodlines go back to the Trewinney, Grove, Rathgrange, Trevowah, and Hindsloders herds.  Top price of 2350 gns was achieved for a nine-year old cow by Trevowah Joe Louis 11, with steer calf at foot.


Auctioneer: Mr J Wakeham, Messrs Kivells, Launceston, Cornwall