Doncombe Blondes sell to 4000gns top

Top price at last week’s production sale from David and Sue Knight’s Doncombe herd of Blondes was a 4000gns bid for 18 month old bull Doncombe First Eagle.

This Druk Thor son is out of Doncombe Pocahontas, a Druk Lance daughter and sold to Paul Thomas, Wokingham, Berkshire, for the Samoht herd.

Cows and calves peaked at 3200gns for a seven year old fifth calver Doncombe Verdicchio. She is by Doncombe Rangatira and sold with her bull calf at foot, also finding a new home with Mr Thomas.  

At the same money was served heifer Doncombe Eggnog, a Rodleigh Voyageur daughter in-calf to French sire Richelieu. She went to Norwich-based breed nick Roberts.

Selling at 3000gns was Doncombe Vivacious, another Rangatira daughter out of Doncombe Ormolu, another Druk Lance daughter. She also sold with a heifer calf at foot and was bought by R A Cripps, Lechlade, Gloucester.  

Best of the first calf heifers on offer was a 2800gns call for a Druk Thor daughter with bull calf at foot taken by J Conneally, Meer End, Kenilworth, Warks.

Top price in the maiden heifer section was Doncombe Feu De Joie, an 11 month old daughter of Druk Thor peaking at 2000gns when selling to to A Bailey, Howgill, Kendal, Cumbria.

A small consignment from Mark Wheeler’s Arlebrook herd topped at 2020gns for an eight year old cow with heifer calf which sold to J P Sevenoaks and Sons, Pontrilas, Hereford.  With a bid of 1900gns for Retyn Bronwyn with heifer calf the best from the Retyn herd of G W and E J Haines. She also to Messrs Sevenoaks.

Averages; Doncombe 17 cows with calves or in calf    £2487.26, two    served heifers    £2835, 14 maiden heifers £1417.50, five bulls £2335.20; Arlebrook four cows with calves or in calf £1724.62: Retyn two cows with calves £1795.50, four maiden heifers    £1317.75, two bulls £1968.75 (McCartneys).