Trio of South Devon lots sell for 1,500gns a piece

The South Devon Herd Book Society’s fourth annual show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart attracted a small, but select entry of 11 pedigree cattle, with the highlight coming from a five-strong consignment of heifers from the Galtres herd of Ms Alex Welch, of Huby Grange, near York.

After making a clean sweep of the prizes in the show class for 2013-born unbroken heifers, Ms Welch saw her trio, all by Welland Valley Warrior and all scanned in-calf to Hawkley SIS Javelin, each sell for 1,500gns.

Both the first prize winner, Galtres Warrior Suffragette 20, and the third prize Galtres Warrior Kay 63, joined the same buyer, Perthshire’s Jeremy Jackson-Gamlen, of Littleton House, Rattray, near Blairgowrie.

The runner-up, Galtres Warrior Daisy 15, fell to Ralph Pattison and his daughter Valerie, Brompton, Northallerton.

To cap a good day, Ms Welch, who was also responsible for the top price performer at last year’s Skipton breed show, stepped up with the first and second prize commercial heifers at the latest renewal.

Both were again by Welland Valley Warrior and also in-calf to Javelin. They each made 1,100gns, the red rosette winner joining LJ Riley, of Longwood, Huddersfield, and the runner-up AT Threlkeld, of Satterthwaite, Ulverston.

John Bell, Arncliffe Farms, Northallerton, was responsible for the first and second prize winners in the maiden heifer show class, both home-breds by Arncliffe Galileo. The victor sold for 1,200gns to A and C Farms, Langham, Leicestershire, while the runner-up became a second Threlkeld acquisition at 1,050gns.

South Devon heifers averaged £1,417 and commercial heifers £1,260.