Females were the pick of the trade at this week’s South Devon Society autumn sale at Bristol, with the day’s female champion setting a new record price at 6800gns.
This sale leader was an in-calf heifer from R K Rundle’s Newquay herd, Kestle Tulip 86, a Lumbylaw Leo 2 daughter out of Kestle Tulip 57. She sold to R Hadley, Leamington Spa.
Top priced bull was the male champion, Z Waddeton Illistram 11, selling for 4600gns to P S and A P Rowe, Trewint, Menheniot, Cornwall. This one is a Z Eyotn SAS Illya 1 son out of Waddeton Ann 97 from the Tully Partnership.
Next highest was Douglas Scott’s polled bull, Z Grove Charlemagne 66, selling to J C Jackson and Son, Swadlincote, Leicestershire, for 3000gns.
At the same money were a pair of heifers from the Kestle herd, firstly the reserve female champion, Kestle Buttermaid 99, an in-calf heifer which sold to Daylesford Organics, Gloucestershire, and secondly Kestle Dorothy 169 which was knocked down to R J Dimond, Shepton Montague, Somerset.
Daylesford Organic Farms also acquired A H and E M Bartley’s Mutterton Honeysuckle 3 for 3000gns, together with five other heifers.
The dispersal sale of the Monkton herd from Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, for Gareth Davies attracted plenty of interest, with the top price of 2400gns for a well-structured bulling heifer by X Monkton Wellington 2, and two weaned heifer calves reaching 2050gns and 1500gns, all to the same buyer – M A and C Sandbach and Son, Wadebridge, Cornwall.
Averages: 8 halter broken in-calf heifers £3124, 15 bulling 2-year old heifers £2016, 7 bulls £2835. (Kivells).