The South Devon Midland Club Sale at Stratford saw a buoyant trade for both bulls and heifers, with trade topping at 6200gns and a new record price for heifers set at 4600gns.
Sale leader and reserve champion was Ridgemere Tyrone from D and B Bowley. Sired by Grove Wellington 51, he sold to S Dewick from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.
Judge Robert Shinner tapped out Richard Ford’s Goffe Cave Sturdy 12 to take the overall championship before selling for the second highest price of the day, 4800gns. His sire Trevassack Trusty 4 was a previous best bull in the Society’s national Herd Competition. Buyer here was G P Hubbard and Sons, Lutterworth, Leicestershire.
And following that price Julian White’s Broadwood Prospect sold to Mrs J Archer from Norfolk for 4,100 guineas. There was a total clearance of bulls, with 11 averaging £3,160.
Female sale leader was the female and reserve overall champion, A E J and F J Claridge’s Knowlhill Melise 44, which sold at 4600gns. She is by Sexton Excalibur 7 and out of a homebred cow and sold to A and C Vrona, Rutland.
Next highest price for two year old females came from a consignment from J G Williams and Son, Craven Arms, Shropshire, when they sold Hopton Hilda 35. By Sexton Excalibur 19 she sold to D Holt, Hertfordshire for 2750gns. A further four out of sixteen two year olds exceeded 2000gns.
2011-born maiden heifers saw trade top at 2250gns for M and S Kettlewell’s Upper Norton Naomi. This one is by Welland Valley Hanbury 11 and sold to I Howard, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Averages: 11 bulls £3160; 16 halter broken bulling heifers £2090; 11 halter broken maiden heifers £1227 (Kivells).