22 March 2018
The Devons Spring Show & Sale at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Thursday, 22nd March, saw 16 bulls forward from some of the UK’s most prestigious herds. Judge, Mr John May, from Priorton Barton, Crediton, Devon, picked three class winners before tapping out his overall champion, Knowstone Rock Solid 2nd, a powerful 23 month old bull, from John & Rosemary Stanburys Knowstone herd at Knowstone, near South Molton, Devon. Rock Solid 2nd sold to Ray Wilmingtons Wadhayes Farm Partners, near Honiton, Devon for 3400gns. The market followed the Judge with the Champion and all class winners making the Sale’s top price of 3,400gns. The Reserve Champion, Larkbarrow Hotshot, from Henry Rawsons recently established herd, at the Wellshead Estate, Exford on Exmoor, sold to GN & EJ Hosegood, Yeatheridge Farm, nr Crediton, Devon for 3,400gns. The third class winner, AJ Thomas Bollowal Barbarian, also made 3,400gns, selling to Jim Dufosee to join his large pedigree herd on the Salisbury Plains, at Farnicombe Farm, Upton Scudamore, Wiltshire. Competition was strong across all classes; first time exhibitors Viv & Jen Scott from Treworlas near Truro, found good trade for their well grown bull, Trevithick Ethan who also achieved top price of 3,400gns selling to Chris Eveleigh to join his West Ilkerton herd, at Lynton on Exmoor. All bar 2 bulls forward sold, averaging £2,902. With 41 heifers forward, the best trade went to Female Champion, Coxwell Estates Coxwell Bridget 8th from Manor Farm, Faringdon, Oxfordshire . This outstanding maiden heifer attracted plenty of interest selling to Clive Hartwright for 2,600gns to join his newly established Inglewood herd, Kirtle Lodge, Kintbury, near Hungerford. Coxwell also took Reserve Female Champion with Snowdrop 28th who sold to 1300gns, also to Clive Hartwright. Another Oxfordshire breeder, PJ Florey & Son achieved good prices for their consignment of 3 maiden heifers; Northmoors Norah making top price at 1240gns to join Pete Trumps Holly herd at Peasmarsh, near Ilminster Somerset. 28 maiden heifers averaged £1068 which was up £190 compared to the average for Spring 2017. The average for steers at £787 was down compared to last year, perhaps reflecting hard spring weather, price of straw and slow start to spring growth.
Averages: Bulls (14) £2,903, In-calf heifers(9) £ 944, Maiden heifers (28) £1,068