27 March 2019
Colesden Alexander proves to be 'The Great' and Forde Abbey Solomon is a Testament in the sale ring
The Devon Cattle Breeders' Society official Spring Show & Sale was held at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Bridgwater on Thursday 21st March 2019 with 75 pedigree registered Red Ruby Devons forward.
Mrs Angela Poad was judge for the show classes of day comprising two bull classes each with 6 entries, Champion bull Pair of Bulls by the Same Sire, finishing with a Maiden Heifer class. Angela stated that she was extremely impressed by the quality of all animals in the ring, choosing bull "Colesden Alexander" bred by David and Sarah Tutt and sired by "Forde Abbey Monk" with dam Thorndale Curly 14th (one of the last surviving cows from the Thorndale herd) as her overall Show Champion.
The much admired show bull from Mrs ED Roper's renowned "Forde Abbey" herd being the Society's junior bull of the year 2018 the two year old "Forde Abbey Solomon" sold to a high of 4000gns at the Devon Cattle Breeder's Society Spring Show and Sale. He was Judge Angela Poad's Reserve Champion bull of the day and joins the Right Honourable Lord Clinton's herd.
Messrs G Dart & Son's impressive "Champson Enterprise" selling for 3000gns to JP Williams of the "Tregullow" herd, Redruth; and the Show Champion "Colesden Alexander" from D & S Tutt at 2500gns joining James Hawthorne of Bishops Lydeard. Tilbrook Adventure was the only polled bull in the sale selling for 2500gns to Mr & Mrs Stratton, acquiring their first bull for their increasing herd.
John Gilson's bull "Challenge Raglan" from his famous "Ribecca" dam line was placed 2nd in the first class of 6 bulls and brought another well-known prefix to the show ring & sale. John Stanbury's "Knowstone General" & "Knowstone Major 2nd" ranked above the rest in the class for the "Pair of Bulls by the Same Sire", with the sire being "Barton Elite" who produced the Champion Bull at the DCBS Spring Show & Sale 2018. Also, in attendance were two fine Meadowlea bulls out of Ebbesbourne Magnate from "Bunny Muston" dam lines, both bred by JE Wakely & Sons, with Meadowlea Stefan just pipping his half-brother Meadowlea Spencer to win 3rd prize in his class. Seven high-quality bulls were sold on the day.
Only yearling heifers were presented for the show, with the Champion being Mr and Mrs L Armishaw's "Mere Park Queen" out of the VG85 classified dam "Kingston Lacey Unique 11th". She sold for 750gns to R Barkwell of Hatherleigh who also purchased at 720gns the 3rd prize heifer "Dittisham Damsel 2nd" from Mrs S Fildes.
Other 2017 born maiden heifers from Mrs M Elliott's well-known "Cutcombe" herd sold to 1000gns for "Dainty 52nd" and 980gns for "Margot 105th" both by "Ashott Barton Merlin".
Another spectacular bidding of the day was 13 straws of Thorndale Assirati semen put up by Mr & Mrs Gay of HiIlcombe Farm. This bull was bred by Clive Thornton OBE, and has sired many breed champions and has had a hugely influential effect on the national herd over the past years. His reputation was very present at Sedgemoor, with the batch of 13 straws selling for £65 per straw.
With the top price bull selling at 4000gns, the highest price paid for a bull at a DCBS sale since Spring sale 2017, Auctioneer Sally Mitchell stated "Although the selective trade mirrors the uncertainty across the whole agricultural sector due to fodder shortages and an unclear Brexit, it looks like a promising start to the year for the Devons".
Vendor's willingness to meet the trade resulted in a 90% clearance on the day and the following averages:
|Cows & Calves||£840|