South Devon cattle peaked at 3,800gns at the South Devon Midland Club Breeders sale at Stratford market.
Sale leader was the homozygous polled bull Z Knightcote Tudor 6 from Hadley Farms, Leamington Spa, who sold to pedigree breeders Mr and Mrs J A Hopkins from Lympsham, Somerset.
Just behind at 3500 guineas was another polled bull, A R Lee’s Z Lumbylaw Jupiter 3, by Z Sexton General 23, who sold to G P Hubbard and Sons, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire.
Two bulls made 3,300gns apiece. First of these was A and P Rickett’s Juniper Midas which was bought by L Lane, Broughton Ashley, Leicestershire. Second, was J P Harrison’s Brafferton Hadrian 23, which was purchased by S E Aston, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
In the female section it was the female champion who topped the day at 3400gns when joining R Webber’s herd near Chelmsford, Essex.
A good consignment of two-year-old heifers from J G Williams and Sons, Craven Arms, Shropshire, topped at 2500gns for Hopton Ruby 81, who sold to T H Davies, Colwyn Bay, Wales. The same buyer acquired Hopton Ruby 78 and Hopton Ruby 79 for 2000gns and 1550gns, respectively.
The dispersal of the Fosmac herd of pedigree South Devons attracted a number of new and existing buyers, looking to secure strong foundation breeding stock. Twenty cows with calves at foot topped at 1750gns to D and L Farr from Leicestershire, while a yearling polled heifer led the younger section at 1000gns when selling to ET Jackson from Warwickshire.
Auctioneers: Messrs Kivells