Strong demand for Sussex cattle sees trade top 4400gns

The Sussex Cattle Societies autumn show and sale, Ashford saw the largest entry of stock for many years with bull trade setting a record of 4400gns.


This was for the champion who was secured by the Connells, Lower Roundhurst, Surrey. Next was a 3600gns bid for the reserve champion.


The brisk bull trade saw the hammer come down at 2300gns for a senior bull, Frith’s Glow-worm 1st born in 2004 secured by Leconfield Estate, Petworth. Sutton Estates, Newbury then secured Playboy 4th for 2400gns from Michael Gibbs, Rugmer Hill.


Two Trottenden bulls then made 2700gns and 2300gns from the Millson’s to Titsey Estates and D Martin, Edenbridge.


Mature females also saw a good trade, with Rugmer Hill Darkey forward by Michael Gibbs, Rigmer selling with a heifer calf to Titsey Estate, Oxted for 1230gns. It was Jane Howard’s homebred Stillyans 2005 cow with a steer calf at foot that was next in line, selling for 1080gns to Colin Godman, Uckfield.


Among the in calf cows it was a Trottenden cow Prebble 37th, 2005 born at 900gns selling to Les Vine, Hailsham.  


People travelled from as far as Yorkshire and Hampshire to obtain some of the best genetics, with young stock also selling well.  It was the champion heifer from Wright Farm Partnerships that topped the young trade at 920gns by Mark Osman, The Royal Farms, Windsor. The reserve from Mrs C A Hardy also sold an in calf cow for 929gns.


Maidens saw a total of 64 sold with top price going to Jane Howard 980 gns for Bardown Snow Princess secured by Mr M Wilson, Maidstone and runs of 10 Rugmer heifers (M Gibb) averaging 483 gns and Mrs C A Hardy 570 gns. In the senior age group Wright Farm Partnership, K & E Dean and Mrs P Davenport all saw heifers make 700 to 920 gns.


Averages: 13 In calf cows 767 gns; 13 cows and calves 1,030 gns; 2 senior bulls 1,521 gns; 6 young bulls 3,033 gns; 58 in calf heifers 847 gns and 64 maidens 577 gns.