Devon Cattle Breeders’ Society Spring Show & Sale Report

The Devon Cattle Breeders’ Society official Spring Show & Sale was held at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Bridgwater on Thursday 23rd March 2017 with 86 pedigree registered Red Ruby Devons forward.

The day saw brisk trade for bulls; all bar one of the 13 bulls offered for sale was sold and at £3,281 the average was up £880 on last year’s Sale.  Auctioneer, Derek Biss of Greenslade Taylor Hunt commented, “we were anticipating strong demand for bulls, both from within the breed and from commercial herds looking for an easy fleshing low input breed to meet the retail market’s increasing demand for beef finishers at around 360kgs.”

Trade was brisk from the outset with first bull in, the Show Champion, Eastyard Fitzroy 2nd, bred by M&D Cowell, Eastyard Farm, Ashreigney, Devon, selling to 3500gns to Mr Henry Rawson’s Larkbarrow herd from the Wellshead Estate on Exmoor. Reserve Champion, Colleton Rasputin, bred by S&G Phillips of Colleton Manor, Chulmleigh, Devon,  sold to 3400gns to join Mike William’s Werrington herd from Launceston, Cornwall.   Highest price of the day was achieved by established Devon breeders, Messrs G Dart & Son from Great Champson, Molland, Devon, who saw Champson Diamond 2nd sell to 4400gns to the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy herd in Dorset.  Both bulls representing East of England herds achieved good prices;   polled bull Tilbrook Hawk from GM Hunter Ltd., Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire sold to 3000gns to Helen Allan’s Whaddon Grove Farm, Hilperton, Wiltshire, whilst Colesden Samson from D&S Tutt, Roxton, Bedfordshire, sold to 3100gns to Swell Wold Farm Partners from Gloucestershire who also purchased Challenge Rex for 3500gns from Mr John Gilson of Wilpit Farm, Wellington, Somerset.

Female Champion and Reserve both came from Jeff Thomas’ Bollowal herd, St Just, Penzance, Cornwall.  Bollowal Clara 29th, Reserve Champion, achieved the highest price for females at 2000gns selling to Tony Richards, Tregaminion Farm, Helston, Cornwall and Female Champion, Bollowal Queenie 34th sold to new Devon breeder, Mr R Maxwell from Chelwood, Bristol for 1700gns.  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, Beaworthy, Devon, with Elmford Fancie 20th selling to 1180gns to Clive Hartwright, Kirtle Lodge, Hungerford, Berkshire.