BREEDERS of Devon cattle are preparing for one of their biggest events of the agricultural calendar, the spring show and sale.
Because of the sharp rise in interest in the Devons it's likely to bring together a large selection of top class animals.
Butchers, restaurants and hotels across the country have been choosing red ruby beef as a premium meat during recent years.
The selection has borne out the loyalty of farmers who believe the Devons are ideal grazers and forage converters that are also easy to look after.
This year's sale will be at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on Thursday, March 13.
All lots are verified by the society as registered pedigree animals, and all the cattle in the first section of the sale are sold tested clear and vaccinated for BVD.
Breed Secretary, Catherine Broomfield, said: "There's always a great buzz at the market, lots of wonderful cattle from the country's leading breeders, buyers from across the country.
"And there is the added assurance that the sale is backed by the society. As an additional buyers' perk, we waiver the transfer fee of pedigree registration, so that buyers save themselves £12 per female which adds up if you've come to buy a few to take home."
Catalogues for the spring show and sale are available from Catherine at the DCBS office on 01404 812800 or firstname.lastname@example.org or from the society's auctioneers, Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01278 410250.