10 October 2016
One of the chilliest morning’s of the year greeted this year’s Autumn Show & Sale. Judge, Mr William Dart of Champson, Molland, was short on numbers, but quality was consistent. Show & Sale specialist, George Vellacott, presented two smart in-calf heifers. Ashway Winifred 7th took the Female Championship with Ashway Joan 3rd in Reserve. The Coxwell herd brought a strong contingent of maiden heifers down from Oxfordshire, and was rewarded when Coxwell Fanciful 33rd took first place with Coxwell Nibble 20th in 2nd. In the second maiden heifer class, John May’s Priorton Show Lassie 63rd won her class. William Dart found his Champion Bull in first-time exhibitor at Society Show & Sales; Richard Perlhagan’s Pusey Farms Otto winning a competitive class of 6, with Lisa Roper’s Forde Abbey Philosopher taking Reserve.
A full catalogue was despatched including over 50 females sold, with heifer averages up from last year’s Sale. Buyers were focused on quality, and the best made good prices. Stand out price of the day went to John May from Priorton Barton, near Crediton, Devon for his maiden heifer Priorton Show Lassie 63rd who sold for 1200gns to Paul Morris of West Barton, Tiverton, Devon, to join his newly formed Castle D’Argent herd. George Vellacott from Ashway, Dulverton, on Exmoor, took the Female Championship with his in-calf heifer, Ashway Winifred 7th, which sold for 1300gns to Andrew Summers from Wessington Farm, Honiton. Mr Summers also purchased the Reserve Female Champion, Ashway Joan 3rd, at 1100gns. DCBS President, Mr James Williams, had reward for his trip up from the tip of Cornwall, when his in-calf heifer Tregullow Kestral matched the Champion on top price for in-calf heifers at 1300gns, selling to Paul Morris. A quality consignment of 11 cows with calves at foot from John & Margaret Harcombe of Glebe Farm, Upton-on-Severn, Worcestershire saw lively trade. 3rd calver, Harcombe Joss with heifer calf at foot, sold for 1400gns to Richard Toon from Lower Grounds Farm, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Richard Toon made top price for stores with three 18 month steers selling to £980 each to RC Hector, of Stathe Farm, near Bridgwater, Somerset.
The Autumn Sale is predominantly a female sale, but 6 bulls were offered. First time consignee to the Society Show & Sale, Mr Richard Perlhagan of Pusey Farming, Faringdon, Oxfordshire took the Male Championship with Pusey Farms Otto who made 2100gns. Otto sold to long-established breeder Mrs Margaret Elliott, Oxgrove Farm, Dulverton, Exmoor, to join her well known Cutcombe herd. The Champion was pipped to the top price slot by the Reserve Champion, Forde Abbey Philosopher, from Mrs ED Roper, Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset. Selling for 2200gns to Nick Pardoe of CR Pardoe & Son, Bonson Wood Farm, Bridgwater, Somerset to start his newly established Bonson herd.
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