South Devon females disperse to £2,221 average

A yarding of 44 South Devon cow and calf outfits levelled at £2,221.22 and 25 heifers made £1,372.20 at the Ewefields dispersal at Newark on Monday (18 June).

Trade topped at 4,500gns for stock bull Langham’s Homer as four stock bulls levelled at £3,456 for Oxfordshire-based breeder Jeffrey Warhurst.

Homer is a January 2015-born bull by Edmeston Homer 1 and out of Langham’s Ochre, a Mutterton Ashton Bitter daughter, selling with a quality beef index of +57 and a self-replacing index of +46 to A and C Farms, Oakham, Rutland.

At 3,200gns was stock bull Woodhayes Bellerophon 5, which was knocked down to RJ Tucker and Sons, Kingsbridge, Devon. He is by Grove Bellerophon 3 and out of Cilgwrrwg Illya daughter Woodhayes Daffodil 17.

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Woodhayes Bellerophon 5

Woodhayes Bellerophon 5 made 3,200gns, selling to Devon-based RJ Tucker and Sons

Two cow-calf outfits made 3,200gns, the first being Ewefields Flame 6, which caught the eye of Gates Farming, Oakham, with her heifer calf at foot.

Ewefields Flame 6

Topping female trade at 3,200gns was Ewefields Flame 6

This Polkinghorne Dazzler daughter is out of Ewefields Flame, going back to Welland Valley Hanbury 4.

Also at this price was Ewefields Whinfield 101, a second calver also by Dazzler. She sold with a heifer calf by Woodhayes Bellerophon 5 to J Wharton, Alford, Lincolnshire.

A call of 2,900gns and two 2,800gns calls were made by the Dunstall Estate, while Laity Farms, Cornwall, bought another Dazzler daughter for 2,800gns.

Averages: 44 cows and calves, £2,221.22; seven cows, £1,263; 25 heifers, £1,327.20; four stock bulls, £3,456 (Newark Livestock Sales)