Two year old bull Coxwell Sherpa from the Berners-Allsop Estate, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, blazed a trail at the Devon Cattle Breeders’ Society’s Autumn Show & Sale, Sedgemoor, on Thursday 4th October, auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt, sponsored by Shearwell Data.

Coxwell Sherpa took both the Breed Championship and highest price on the day.  He sold to welsh breeder, AJ Jones & Son from Crown Farm, Raglan, Gwent, to join the family’s Crown herd of pedigree Devons, established in 2015.   This bull sold for 3600gns which was the highest price for a bull sold at the Society’s Autumn Show & Sale since 2014.  Reserve Breed Champion, Dittisham Dimpsey, bred by Sue Fildes from Dartmouth, Devon, was brought by Gareth Jenkins from Ha’ of Bowermadden, Wick, Caithness for 2000gns.

Highest priced female was claimed by Heywood & Hurd’s in-calf heifer, Whitefield Orange 228th, selling at 1650gns to Steve Cleverdon from Coombe Farm, Hatherleigh, Devon for 1650gns.   The Female Champion, strong maiden heifer, Coxwell Fanciful 43rd, made 1150gns selling to new Devon breeder, Noel Sharp, Ivylan Farm,Church Stanton, near Taunton, Somerset.

The effects of Brexit uncertainty and shortage of forage produced some hard trade with buyers being very selective, but still prepared to invest in the best cattle forward, encouraged by the breed’s ability to thrive on a very low input diet.

Averages:

Bulls£2940.00
In-calf heifers
£1113.00
Served heifers
£  665.00
Maiden heifers
£  704.00