2017-03-27    facebooktwitterrss

Red Hot Trade for Rubies at Sedgemoor

86 pedigree registered Devons went under the hammer at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Thursday 23rd March. With brisk trade for bulls, the average was up over £800 compared to Spring 2016.

A strong entry of 13 Red Ruby Devon quality bulls awaited Judge Mr Mike Yeandle, who commented on the quality of bulls right through the line from both established and new breeders.

Eastyard Fitzroy 2nd

Eastyard Fitzroy 2nd

Two classes produced winners in the form of Champson Diamond 2nd and Eastyard Fitzroy 2nd, the latter getting the judge’s tap for Champion with Colleton Rasputin who stood second to him in their class, taking the Reserve Champion title. Colleton went on to win the Best Pair of bulls by the same sire (Colesden Arthur). Bollowal Queenie 34th and Bollowal Clara 29th made the journey from the tip of Cornwall worth while taking Female Champion and Reserve respectively.

A good buzz was in evidence around the packed sale ring, and buyers did not disappoint, with Greenslade Taylor Hunt auctioneer Derek Biss getting trade off to a good start with George Vellacott’s in-calf heifer Ashway Mary 18th selling to 1650gns to new member Clive Hartwright from Hungerford Berkshire, to start his Inglewood herd. The two maiden heifers from Bollowal also met good trade; Bollowal Clara 29th achieved highest priced female of the day, selling to 2000gns to Mr Richards from Tregaminion Farm, Helston, and Female Champion, Bollowal Queenie 34th sold to Mr R Maxwell from Chelwood Bristol who is establishing a pedigree herd this year after a lifetime in dairy. A step up in pace was felt from the first bull in; Champion, Eastyard Fitzroy 2nd who sold to 3500gns to Mr Henry Rawson’s Larkbarrow herd from the Wellshead Estate.

Plenty of new faces around the ring added to strong demand from established Devon breeders, and all bar one bull sold with the average at £3281, up some £881 compared to the Spring Sale in 2016. The Dart family achieved highest price for the day, with class winner Champson Diamond 2nd selling at 4400gns to the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy herd in Dorset. Both bulls representing East of England herds achieved good prices; Tilbrook Hawk went to Whaddon Grove Farm, Wiltshire selling for 3000gns, whilst Colesden Samson sold to 3100gns to Swell Wold Farm Partners from Gloucestershire who also purchased John Gilson’s Challenge Rex at 3500gns.

Reserve Champion, Colleton Rasputin sold to 3400gns to join Mike William’s Werrington herd in Cornwall, and first-time exhibitor at the Show & Sale, Andrew Stacey saw AJ’s President sell to 3800gns to join Jim Dufosee’s Blackhill herd in Wiltshire.

With 54 maiden heifers forward and all sold, the average held up at £872. Outside of those shown, the highest price for maiden heifers was achieved by Sally Martin’s Elmford herd, with Elmford Fancie 20th selling to 1180gns to Clive Hartwright. The two Elmford Showgirl heifers making 1020gns apiece to James Hastie, North Down Farm, Wiveliscombe.

Highest price for unshown in-calf heifers was Wadhayes Farm Partnership’s Wadhayes Snowdrop 6th who sold to 1280gns to MJ Grigg & Son from Bude, Cornwall, who also purchased Wadhayes Rosebud 9th for 1100gns. It was good to see several members entering cattle for the first time, including Rodney and Lucy Stanley from Derbyshire with a consignment of maiden heifers and steers. All sold well but not did not quite steal Richard Toon’s crown for highest price for steers. Richard once again achieved best price for his steers selling to a high of £960 for a 20 month steer by Yeomadon Jimbo.

Red Ruby Devon Cattle

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