THE annual Devon Connections sale has emphasised how much intense interest continues from abroad as well as round the country for high quality Red Rubies.
Several of the cattle at auctioneer Andrew Lane's event, held with Vick's at Hatherleigh, sold as part of three new herds of Devons.
A substantial gathering round the ring saw 141 lots sold and cows with calves averaging almost £2000.
Mr Lane said afterwards: "It was a great sale with high enthusiasm for the breed. There were three new herds established."
Attention focused on a cow bred originally on Shiamala Comer's organic farm on Exmoor, Ashott Barton Lillibet VG89, a daughter of Cutcombe Millenium.
She had a four-month old heifer calf at foot by Stonegrove Larkspur.
The cow has been with Mike and Danielle Cowell's respected Eastyard herd for the last five years. She sold at £3,675 to Sue Fildes of Dittisham, who is already the owner of the bull, Ashott Barton Monty.
Andy and Gina Lane started the Devon Connections sale four years ago for customers needing a separate outlet from the bi-annual elite sales run by Devon Cattle Breeders Society.
"It's always been quite a big sale, sometimes with dispersals, and this was no exception, with some Devon members and some new breeders," said Gina.
One of the dispersals was for Drake Bros' Essington herd from North Tawton, and in that respect Mr Lane sold Essington Buttercup 165th, a June 2004 cow with heifer calf at foot.
She went to the Donhead Hall Estate Shaftsbury at £3,360. The cow had been flushed and embryos exported to America. "It was unusual for a cow to produce a calf after that," added Gina Lane.
The same buyer/vendor combination then saw Essington Buttercup 172nd , a November 2006 daughter of Cutcombe Jubilee, with her February 2013 born heifer calf, sell at £2,835. The Cowells also sold a home bred Gabrielle with bull calf at foot to David and Diane Oke of Hatherleigh at £2,992.
The in-calf heifers sold well with Ivan Rowe's (Goldings- Penzance) consignment selling to £1,239 to Westaway and Payne of Cullompton.
Wayne Copp sold heifers from his organically registered Twitchen Herd to £1,281. Maiden heifers, served by the breed's most influential sire in recent times, Thorndale Assiratti EX92, for May Farming Partnership, Crediton, met a strong trade with two heifers selling to Mrs PA Maxse Barnstaple at £1,418 each.
The consignment of 20 heifers, 15-18 months old averaged £1,093.50.
Averages: Cows and calves £1,956; in-calf cows £1,348; in-calf heifers £1,017; maiden heifers £933