The annual South West Ayrshire Show and Sale at Exeter hit a high of £3,400 for the overall champion heifer East Church Saltires Bella.
Overall 200 pedigree Ayrshires were forward on the day with auctioneers Kivells reporting a “phenomenal trade” for all classes of stock, with buyers from across the country.
The top price animal is by Stevenson’s Saltire from Mark Evans’ Organic East Church herd in Honiton, and was purchased by judge Blaise Tomlinson from Leicestershire to join his Sandyford Herd.
Mr Evans also sold two other heifers at £3,000. The first of which was third prize heifer East Church Bright Cowns Butterfly VG85, by Carnell Bright Crown. She sold to an undisclosed Welsh buyer.
At the same money was another fresh heifer East Church Destinations Jenny by Bigginvale Destination. She sold to Mr Ellis who purchased a load for his herd in Noth Wales.
At £2,650 was East Church Destinations Puddle, another fresh heifer by Bigginvale Destination and she sold to Alan & Heather Rogers to join their Organic herd in North Wales.
The same buyers also paid £2,450 for a smart heifer by Bankend Nucleus out of an EX90 cow from the Nutmeg family. At £2,600 was the second prize heifer and reserve overall champion East Church Potters Blossom by Des Prairies Potter. She sold to undisclosed Welsh buyer.
Overall, Mr Evan’s consignment of 10 freshly calved heifers averaged £2600.
Messrs Roskilly & Sons sold a strong consignment of freshly calved cows and heifers from their Trenhayle herd in Cornwall, and the best of the cows sold well to £1,900. This money went to the third calver Trenhayle Dilly 2nd, by Attwell Apollo, which was sold giving 30Kgs to Mr Ellis of North Wales.
The same vendors sold a fourth calver by a homebred sire at £1,750 to Messrs Hiscock in Dorset. Dry Cows sold to £1,700 for East Church Stanley Butterfly by Milkmaids Stanley from Mr Evans.
The same vendor sold in-calf heifers well to a top call of £2,450 for East Church Destinations Frantic by Bigginvale Destination. She was due in June and sold to Alan & Heather Rogers from North Wales.
Mr Evans also sold others to £2,100 and £1,850 with his 12 in-calf heifers averaging well at £1,690. Served heifers sold very well from Trevor Howe of Truro to a top of £1,750 for Gadles Molly by Jelyca Oblique. She was due in October to sexed Ardmore Crown Napier and sold to Reid Hair of St Austell.
Mark Evans – East Church
10 freshly Calved Cows & Heifers, £2,600; 3 Dry Cows, £1,616; 12 In-Calf Heifers, £1,690; 11 Bulling Heifers, £816; 21 Yearling Heifers, £648.
Messrs F & EA Roskilly & Sons – Trenhayle
17 Freshly Calved Cows & Heifers, £1,473; 5 Dry Cows, £1,224; 18 Served Heifers, £1,248; 11 Bulling Heifers, £818.
Messrs M Nicholls – Hilltown
12 Served Heifers, £952; 19 Bulling Heifers, £682; 19 Yearling Heifers, £569
Trevor Howe – Gadles
8 Served Heifers, £1100; 11 Bulling Heifers, £802; 4 Yearling Heifers, £510
Author: Aly Balsom