Northamptonshire breeders P M & S M Donger of Seawell, Towcester ruled the show ring at Melton Mowbray multibreed sale on Saturday 25th March 2023. Judge, Jenny Hurst, selected Seawell Rococo as her male champion before awarding him the overall championship title. Seawell Rococo was a Norbert sired bull out of Seawell Owena and was born in February 2021. The reserve male champion and reserve overall champion came from the same home and by the same sire, Seawell Rodrigo out of Seawell Ossett was born in Feb 2021.
North Yorkshire breeder Terence Pye and his daughter Emma Denton of Rigel Pedigree, Yarm won the female championship award with an in-calf heifer, Rigel Peacelily Poll, an April-2021 born Lascaux daughter out of Rigel Pertwee Poll who was purchased for 1,900gns by M McDermott, Iver, Buckinghamshire.
Rigel Pedigree also led the Salers trade with their only male exhibit, Rigel Ronnie Blk Poll, a homozygous polled Rigel Drambuie son out of a 15 year old productive cow, Rigel Pirrette Poll, by an outcross Canadian sire, he sold for 3,600gns to H T Squires & Son, Ashley, Market Harborough. Rigel Vignette Poll, an unhaltered pedigree female, also by Lascaux and in-calf to Rigel Pudsey Poll led the female trade at 2,000gns to pedigree breeders T J & L S Roberts, Onley Salers, Whitbourne, Worcestershire. The best exhibit in the unhaltered pedigree section, went to Rigel Oh My Poll an April-2021 daughter of Lascaux who sold for 1,900gns again to M McDermott, Iver Buckinghamshire who also added Rigel Verbena, another Lascaux daughter, to his herd for 1,700gns.
The commercial section was won by Malcolm Light of Ashbury Salers, Okehampton, who sold out and topped his trade of 22/23 month old in-calf heifers, PD’d in-calf to Parkfield Regent at 1,800gns, all went home to C H & M Hancock and Sons, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
Overall, the Salers sold to a top price of 3,600gns with a male average of £3780, an overall average of £1872.50 and a 100% clearance in the female section.
Overall Champion – Seawell Rococo – P M & S M Donger
Reserve Overall Champion – Seawell Rodrigo – P M & S M Donger
1st & Female champion– Rigel Peacelily Poll, Rigel Pedigree
First bull class
1st, Male champion & overall champion – Seawell Rococo, P M & S M Donger
2nd – Approach Farm Rum, A & K Gowthorpe
3rd – Green’s Park Raleigh, C B Farms
4th – Green’s Park Radcliffe, C B Farms
Second bull class
1st, Reserve male champion & reserve overall champion– Seawell Rodrigo, P M & S M Donger
2nd – Gentons Reebok, Gentons Pedigree Livestock, Bertie Facon
3rd – Gentons Rivaldo, Gentons Pedigree Livestock, Bertie Facon
4th – Rigel Ronnie Blk Poll, Rigel Pedigree
|Lot||Animal Name||Price (gns)||Buyer||Address|
|1||Ashbury Emma 38th||1800||C H & M Hancock & Sons||Chesterfield, Derbyshire|
|2||Ashbury Venetia 10th Polled||1800||C H & M Hancock & Sons||Chesterfield, Derbyshire|
|3||Ashbury Betty 20th Polled C||1500||C H & M Hancock & Sons||Chesterfield, Derbyshire|
|4||Ashbury Poppy 6th C||1600||C H & M Hancock & Sons||Chesterfield, Derbyshire|
|5||Ashbury Ivy 7th Polled||1400||C H & M Hancock & Sons||Chesterfield, Derbyshire|
|6||Rigel Vignette Poll||2000||T J & L S Roberts||Onley, Whitbourne, Worcestershire|
|7||Rigel Oh My Poll||1900||M McDermott||Iver, Buckinghamshire|
|8||Rigel Verbena||1700||M McDermott||Iver, Buckinghamshire|
|9||Kington Honor||1100||Sutton||Melton Mowbray|
|10||Kington Naomi||1100||Sutton||Melton Mowbray|
|11||Rigel Peacelily Poll||1900||M McDermott||Iver, Buckinghamshire|
|17||Rigel Ronnie Blk Poll||3600||H T Squires & Son||Ashley, Market Harborough|