DEMAND for Red Ruby Devons was strong at the breed society’s spring show and sale at Sedgemoor reflecting the growing demand for medium sized suckler cows producing grass finishing cattle.
Trade peaked at 3,400gns twice, firstly for the overall champion, Bollowal Trevelyan, a bull bred and exhibited by Jeff Thomas, St Just, Cornwall. It went to Robin Haddy’s pedigree Minster herd, Boscastle, Cornwall.
Selling for the same money was the reserve champion, Challenge Prince, a bull from John Gilson, which sold to S. Griffiths, Walterstone, Hereford.
The female championship went to Worcestershire breeders, Stonegrove Livestock, with Stonegrove Hatton 15 which sold for 1,100gns to Andy Summers, Honiton, Devon to join his newly formed herd. Mr Summers also brought a half-sister, Stonegrove Hatton 16 for 1,300gns.
Top price for in-calf heifers went to George Vellacott, Dulverton, Somerset, with Ashway Betty 1, which sold for 2,000gns to S. Stevenson, Newlyn, Cornwall.
Top price for the maiden heifers went to the well-grown Elmford Showgirl 20 from Sally Martin, Highampton, Devon which sold for 1,350gns to Rowland Hill, The Lizard, Cornwall.
Auctioneers: Greenslade Taylor Hunt.