Bulls sold to a top of 3,400gns twice at the Devon Cattle Breeders’ spring show and sale at Sedgemoor Auction Centre last week (Thursday 24th March), where clearance rates reached 72%.
First to sell for the day’s joint top price was the overall champion Bollowal Trevelyan, bred and exhibited by Mr AJ Thomas from Bollowal Farm, St Just, Cornwall. Sired by Whitefield Jack-Of-All-Trades he is out of Bollowal Showgirl 31st. He joined the Minster herd of pedigree breeder Robin Haddy Boscastle, Cornwall.
Next at this money was John Gilson’s reserve champion Challenge Prince from Wellington, Somerset. Sired by Clannaborough Astranought he is out of Forde Abbey Plum 27th. Buyer was Mr S Griffiths, Grove Farm, Walterstone, Hereford, for 3400gns.
Females met a keen trade, with 45 maiden heifers selling to an average of 1,488gns. Leading trade for maiden heifers was Elmford Showgirl 20th from Mrs Sally Martin, Highampton, Devon, who sold for 1,350gns to Rowland Hill, The Lizard, Cornwall. The female champion Stonegrove Hatton 15th, from Worcestershire breeders Stonegrove Livestock, sold for 1,100gns to Andy Summers, Honiton, Devon, for his newly formed Devon herd.
Mr Summers also brought her half sister, Stonegrove Hatton 16th for 1,300gns.
Top price for in-calf heifers went to Mr George Vellacott’s Ashway Betty 1st, from Dulverton, Somerset, which sold for 2,000gns to Mr S Stevenson, Trewarveneth Farm, Newlyn, Cornwall.
Averages: 16 bulls, £2,400; 45 maiden heifers, £1,006; and xxx in-calf heifers, £1,970.
(Greenslade Taylor Hunt).