South Devons top at 5300gns



The South Devon Herd Book Society’s Autumn Show & Sale at Bristol witnessed another boost in prices, with a peak of 5300gns for Welland Valley Crusader 4 from M E & T E Broome, Market Harborough, Leicestershire.


A record trade for heifers saw a new top price of 3600gns achieved twice, for R R B Harvey and The Tully Partnership from Devon.  Sexton Alice 45, the female champion, sold to R Jenkins from Holsworthy, Devon.


sexton alice.jpgAnd polled heifer Z Waddeton Suffragette 89 sold to Mr & Mrs Holt-Martyn from Tavistock.


suffragette.jpgPortman Burtley Estate Co paid the next best price of 3300gns for a scurred bull, X Colcharton Demetrius 17 from R J & C J Edwards.


Reserve male champion went to R R B & S J Harvey‘s Sexton Cavalier 10, who sold to P S Rowe from Cornwall for 3100 gns. 


Close behind was the male champion in the pre show sale, Brafferton Starbuster Wright which sold for 3000gns. He was put forward by Mr J P Harrison, Yorkshire and went to D & L Farr from Leicestershire.


A heifer from show ring judge, Roger Rundle from the Kestle herd, Kestle Mill, Newquay sold for 2900gns. Buttermaid 81 went to Mr P Bowditch from Axminster, Devon.


The bull gaining most points on performance and inspection was Mr W H D Scott’s Grove Brutus 109, with a Beef Index in the top 5% of the breed, selling to Hill & Johnstone from Somerset for 2700 gns.


M R & R J Rowe’s Tregondale Crumple 49 was reserve female champion, and was rewarded in the sale ring with a price of 2600 gns, selling to Mr A Davies from North Wales. 


Averages: 12 bulls; £3150.   23 halter-broken heifers; £1995.  8 non halter-broken cows; £1614.  35 non halter-broken pedigree heifers; £1612


Auctioneers:  Messrs Kivells, Hallworthy, Cornwall