The dispersal of the Kilvrough herd of pedigree Herefords on behalf of Elizabeth Radcliffe, Gower, Swansea led the trade at the Autumn Hereford Day, at Shrewsbury Auction, with females realising over 5,000gns on three occasions.
Top of the money was Dendor 1 Ruby 29th with the gavel going down at 5,500gns, and travels back over the Welsh border with L and L Bowen, Nelson, Glamorgan to join their Bowendu herd. Bred by DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys, this four-year-old cow was the 2018 female of the year and was part of the winning Fitzhugh pair at the Royal Welsh in the same year.
Another show star, Kilvrough 1 Myrtle, changed hands at 5,200gns to Russell and Angela Howells, Gower, Swansea. This October 2017-born female stood reserve champion at the Royal Welsh last year as well as exhibitor-bred champion and part of the winning group of three. It is by Dorepoll 1 579 Knighthood and out of Dendor 1 Myrtle 12th. It sold with its five-month bull calf at-foot.
At the same money was Kilvrough 1 Ruby, a 21-month-old female purchased by PRJ and LR Vincent, Pulham Market, Norfolk. It is out of the day’s top price animal and by Bakgard 1 Keno, the 2017 Royal Welsh breed champion.
Kilvrough 1 Joyful 3rd went at a bid of 3,800gns, purchased in equal shares between EL Lewis and son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire and PRJ and LR Vincent. This September 2018-born female is by Solpoll 1 Dynamite and out of another Dendor cow.
Making 3,600gns was Kilvrough 1 Keepsake 3rd, which went home with R Lewis and Codd, Pembrokeshire. It is by the 2016 Royal Welsh and Royal Highland interbreed champion, Normanton 1 Laertes.
Females hit 2,900gns on three occasions, the one being Kilvrough 1 Keepsake 04, which rugby referee Nigel Owens secured in an online bid before officiating the Heineken Champions Cup final.
Elsewhere in the sale, the first lot through the ring Thames 1 Jed Vanity 905 from A and S Timbrell, Cirencester, Gloucestershire sold at 4,800gns to Ryan Coates, Newton Harcourt, Leicestershire. It sold with its heifer calf at foot and confirmed in-calf to Appleridge 1 Rolo.
DE, ED and AL Jones sold Dendor 1 Jennefer 21st, realising 3,500gns, also to R Lewis and Codd. This March 2019-born heifer is another Keno daughter, and a maternal granddaughter of three-time UK Hereford sire of the year, Solpoll 1 Gilbert.
25 females, £2,513