Devon Cattle Breeders’ Society

Low-input credentials of Devon suckler cow attract buyers to Sedgemoor

The Autumn Show & Sale of pedigree registered Red Ruby Devons was primarily a Sale of
females, with 79 of the 118 lots being females. Buyers’ interest reflected the wider industry
trend towards native breed, low input suckler cows. The major reduction of Mrs Shiamala
Comer’s Ashott Barton Herd, grazing at 1300feet above sea level on Exmoor and managed
on a purely grass-based system for over 15 years, attracted a good deal of buyer interest
with 4th calver, Ashott Barton Tulip 7th and bull calf at foot achieving highest price of the day
for females at 2200gns to Richard Toon, of Ashborne in Derbyshire. Long-time Devon
breeder, Charles Morrish, of East Acland Farm, Landkey, Barnstaple Devon was the
successful bidder for all but one of the nine Ashott Barton in-calf heifers, paying an average
of 942gns for these well grown heifers, in-calf to Bywood Buttons 5th. John White, who also
maximises the ability of the Devon suckler to produce a premium product from an extensive
grass-based system at his Overtown farm on the Marlborough Downs, achieved top price for
in-calf heifers with Overtown Margaret 2nd selling at 1100gns to Mr T Welch of Oaklands
Farm, Awliscombe, Honiton, Devon. Judge, Mr John Barker, of Wellington, Somerset, found
his female Champion in Stonegrove Livestock’s maiden heifer, Stonegrove Norie 31st, who
also achieved highest price for the day for maidens at 1155gns to new Devon breeder, Andy
Summers of Wessington Farm also from Honiton. Worcestershire breeders, Stonegrove
Livestock, regular campaigners at the Society’s Show & Sales, also took Show Champion with
Stonegrove Peregrine a son of Bollowal Elgar, winner of many championship titles on the
county circuit including Reserve Interbreed Champion at the Royal Three Counties Show in
2013. Peregrine sold privately for 2000gns to Mr R Smith from Swindon, Wiltshire. The
Coxwell herd from Oxfordshire took Reserve Show Champion with Coxwell Overlord, a
young bull who has been consistently in the ribbons at multi-day shows this summer.
Overlord took top price of the day selling to David Watkins of Highfield, Holsworthy Devon
for 2250gns, where he will go to work in his large and well-established Landue Manor herd.
10 steers forward met good trade, with regular consignor Richard Toon from Derbyshire
narrowly missing top price of the day which was achieved by Mr & Mrs Fox from Jews Farm
Taunton, whose 24month Champflower steer sold to SJ Hall, Fordgate, Somerset for £1120.
30 straws of EX90 classified Challenge Brigadier 3rd sold to Andy Summers at £270 the lot.

Averages (gns)
Bulls (4) 1984
Cows (21) 1280
In-calf heifers (22) 948
Maidens (23) 750

For further details contact Catherine Broomfield, Breed Secretary, DCBS, 01404 812800,