Yesterday’s sale of South Devons at Exeter, the largest entry since the 1970s, saw a top price of 7100gns paid for Sexton Poll Hermes 4 from Messrs Harvey. This one, by Toor Down Hermes 3 and out of Sexton Snowdrop 363, sold to R Edwards Leominster, having stood reserve male champion in the pre-sale show.
Next best at 6000gns was Knightcote Demetrius 2, a polled son of Colcharton Demetrius from Hadley Farms. He was bought by P G Bowditch, Axminster, Devon.
At 5500gns was Kestle Leo 5 from R K Rundle. By Lumbylaw Leo 2 and out of Kestle Buttercup 97, he had been champion in the pre-sale show and sold with a beef value of +18 to D J Hedgeman, Wareham, Dorset.
And selling for 5400gns was M R and R J Rowe’s bull Tregondale Balti 11, which sold to G L Stidston, Devon, while at 5200gns W H D Scott sold Grove Midas 26 to G C and V J Hill, Tavistock.
In the females the top price was a 2500gns sale for the pre-sale female champion, Kestle Dahlia 57 from Mr Rundle. This one was bought by Messrs Pleus, Bude.
And at 2000gns was Kestle Tulip 80 which was also sold to the same buyer.
Averages; 46 bulls £3059, 10 halter broken heifers £1696, 9 non-halter broken heifers £1178 (Kivells).