After some significant retirement dispersal sales earlier in the summer, a more modest entry of quality South Devons came to Worcester for the Society’s Autumn Show & Sale on 4th October.
Judge Peter Rowe whose Trewint herd from Menheniot, Liskeard, Cornwall is very well known amongst breeders, picked his Male Champion from J & S White Farms’ Broadwood herd – Broadwood Proper Job. This well-structured, very mobile bull from Brampton Ash in Leicestershire is by Welland Valley Dynamic 6 and out of dam Broadwood Hilda 6, with a myostatin status of zero.
Reserve Male Champion was from Mr R Saunders, Malmesbury, Wiltshire – Boakley Cassius, a March 2021 born bull. His sire Grove Brutus 151 was the National Show Champion of 2019 at the Royal Welsh, and his dam Mells Park Isadora was a former Female Champion at the Royal Bath & West. The bull went on to sell for 3,500 gns to Mr M Reese, East End, Berkshire.
Kestle Dahlia 105
In the female section the Champion was Mr R A Rundle’s Kestle Dahlia 105, from Newquay, Cornwall. This in-calf heifer’s family has a strong show and sale background, and is by Blatchford Harper, with bloodlines including Trewint, Sexton and Goffe Cave. She went on to top the female section in the sale ring, at 3,250 gns to Mr I Kendle, Foulsham, Norfolk.
Reserve Female Champion was K V & M A Plain’s Foxhole Cherry 9, a two-year old in-calf heifer by Trewint Churchill, with Northill and Colcharton bloodlines.
Other awards included the Thornton Cup for most male points on inspection and performance to Mr C J Page’s Coton Herman 3; best polled male and female to The Tully Partnership’s Z Waddeton Euclid 7 and Z Waddeton Dainty 111; best male pair to Mr C J Page; and best female pair to Mr & Mrs M Rushbrooke.
Following Kestle Dahlia 105 in the sale ring was Mr & Mrs Rushbrooke’s yearling heifer Brettles Gypsy 35, from Bewdley, Worcestershire to J G Williams & Son, Hopton Castle, Shropshire for 2,800 gns; and another yearling Brettles heifer Bridget 16 to Mr G H Hussell, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, for 1,950 gns.
Auctioneers: McCartneys, Worcester