Top price at last week’s South Devon sale at Bristol was a 4400gns call for M E and T E Broome’s Welland Valley Samson, a two-year old by Erme Jerome that sold to P S and A P Rowe, Menheniot, Cornwall. Next highest sale came at 4100gns when the day’s pre-sale judge Douglas Scott sold Grove Solomon 42, a polled bull by New Zealand sire, Z Esk Hector 21, that sold to Mr O Brewin, Thorpe Langton, Leicestershire.And selling at 3600gns was the day’s male champion, Enterprise Justice from David Irving’s Enterprise herd, Dumfriesshire. This ET bred bull is out of Kestle Dorothy 64, and by Sexton Centurion. He went home with J Gurney, Milton Keynes.Leading the female was the female champion Waddeeton Norman Countess 128 from The Tully Partnership’s herd. This polled in-calf heifer by the Society’s Promising Young Bull Haughton SAS Joe Louis 1, and out of a Waddeton cow with bloodlines from the Edmeston herd sold at 3800gns to D Trewern and Son, Penzance, Cornwall.Following her were two heifers from Roger Rundle’s Kestle herd, sired by Lumbylaw Leo 2, and winners of the Best Pair of Females in the Show, both selling to M A and C Sandbach and Son, Wadebridge, Cornwall, at 3000gns apiece. Close behind at 2850gns was a two year old heifer from M E & T E Broome, Welland Valley Gem 16.
The Dispersal of the St Anthony herd of pedigree South Devons saw strong demand, especially for cows with calves at foot, which topped at 2500gns. Consignments from the Dispersal head for Suffolk, Essex, Oxfordshire, Gwent and Dorset, and will provide excellent foundation suckler stock for new and established herds alike.
Averages: 10 bulls £3087; 23 haltered heifers £1764; 20 non-haltered heifers £1439; dispersal: 10 maiden heifers £923; 11 served heifers £1107; 29 cows with calves £2000 (Kivells).