The Rundles have done it again – this time establishing a new record price for Female Champion at the South Devon Society's Autumn Show & Sale at Bristol.
Champion Female Kestle Tulip 86 with Adrian Rundle from Kestle Mill, Newquay, sold for top price in sale of 6,800gns
Their in-calf heifer Kestle Tulip 86 (T) by Lumbylaw Leo 2 and out of Kestle Tulip 57 sold for 6,800gns.
Breed specialists Roger and his son Adrian, from Kestle Mill near Newquay, sent their champion to a Warwickshire buyer.
With demand showing no sign at all of slowing for good pedigree stock, the catalogue attracted new buyers to swell average prices reflecting the continued upward trend in interest in the breed.
Breed secretary Caroline Poultney said: "The high health status at society sales, together with the excellent breeding quality of the animals forward, offers real value for money for buyers."
The judge, Ian Rounsevell, from St Veep, near Lostwithiel, selected his Champion Male from the Tully Partnership's Waddeton Herd which had the two best polled bulls forward, by herd competition winning sire Z Eyton SAS Illya 1. Champion was Z Waddeton Illistram 11, out of Waddeton Ann 97 who goes back to Edmeston breeding. Reserve Champion, Z Waddeton Illistram 9, was awarded the Thornton Cup for most points in Performance and Inspection.
In the female section of the show, the most points in Performance and Inspection went to M E & T E Broome's Welland Valley Primrose 23 from Leicestershire.
But there was no stopping the Rundles; having won the Female Championship they went on to win the Reserve with Kestle Buttermaid 99. Best polled female was from the Tully Partnership, an in-calf heifer by the same sire as the Champion Male, Z Waddeton Sally 50.
In the sale ring top-priced bull was the Champion, Z Waddeton Illistram 11, selling for 4,600gns to P S & A P Rowe, of Trewint, Menheniot. Next highest was W H Scott's polled bull, Z Grove Charlemagne 66, selling to J C Jackson & Son, Swadlincote, Leicestershire for 3,000gns.
The second highest-priced female was M E & T E Broome's Welland Valley Primrose 23, selling to M A & C Sandbach & Son from Wadebridge, for 3,800gns.
They were followed by two other smart heifers from the Kestle Herd – Dorothy 169 and Buttermaid 99 – who each sold for 3,000gns, to R J Dimond, Shepton Montague, Somerset, and Daylesford Organic Farms, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, respectively.
The auctioneers were Kivells.
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