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More investment at Dalmally Mart

23rd April, 2014 by admin

United Auctions is undertaking a major upgrade of the roof and parking facilities at Dalmally auction mart.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers is improving the roof over the main sale ring at the centre, while the car park is being upgraded and extended to accommodate more vehicles on busy sale days.

Dalmally mart is recognised as a principle market for the procurement of store cattle and lambs, breeding cattle and sheep as well one of the main centres for the well-known Blackface Ram Sales. It also provides an essential facility for marketing stock from the islands, which is supplemented by facilities at Oban, including livestock trailers to ferry animals to and from the islands and an overnight lairage facility for animals being transported to the Dalmally sales.

The improvements are the latest in a series of investments at the centre, which include a new sale ring, metal pens, upgraded concrete resurfacing, a new washing system and weighing equipment as well as a new kitchen and eatery, since UA purchased it in September 2007.

Donald Morrison, UA’s Area Managing Director for Argyll and the Islands, said: “The continued investment at Dalmally reflects the very important role it plays in the area. In addition, we’ve recently introduced Peter Wood as the ‘Dalmally man’ responsible for the sales.

“Once the scaffolding is down and the upgrades are complete, we’re looking forward to welcoming more breeders to the mart and a further increase in throughput this autumn.”

Peter Wood, Assistant Manager, said: “I’m delighted to be the dedicated contact for Dalmally. After spending seven years in Aberdeenshire, I’ve made lots of contacts and have a good working knowledge of the country to attract clients to Dalmally.”

The upgrades will be completed in time for Dalmally’s principle spring sale of grazing cattle with an entry of some 400 cattle on 3 May.

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Issued by JK Consultancy Ltd on behalf of United Auctions. For further information please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com

Notes to editor

About United Auctions – www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.

Stirling Agricultural Show boosts championship prizes with support from main sponsor Highland Wagyu

4th April, 2014 by admin

Highland Wagyu Stirling Show main sponsor

The committee of Stirling Agricultural Show is pleased to announce that prize money for the champion beef cattle, pair and champion sheep will be significantly increased at this year’s show, thanks to main sponsorship funding from Highland Wagyu.

The aim of the boosted prize money is to attract even more people to enter the event, which is the last chance for many exhibitors to show their animals ahead of the Royal Highland Show the following week.

Held at Blackgrange Field in Stirling by kind permission of the Snowie family, the annual one-day show takes place this year on Saturday 14th June 2014 and welcomes around 2500 visitors.

Mohsin Altajir, who owns and runs pedigree beef company Highland Wagyu with his wife Martine Chapman in Dunblane, has provided £2000 sponsorship funding as a main sponsor.

He said: “We’re in the fortunate position of being able to offer sponsorship funding and are more than happy to support our local agricultural show, which we’re very proud of.”

The new championship prizes will award £300 to the beef cattle champion of champions and £150 to the reserve; £100 for the overall sheep champion and £50 for the reserve while the champion pair of beef cattle will win £100 with £50 going to the reserve.

Stirling Show Chairman John Owen said: “With Highland Wagyu’s support, we’re able to offer a welcome boost in prize money that we hope will encourage more exhibitors to put forward more cattle and sheep in more classes. The funding will also help with the considerable running costs of such a big event.

“We’re delighted to have Highland Wagyu on board as main sponsors – the more we can do to expand the show, the more we can help secure its long-term future.”

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Notes to editor

Picture caption: (l-r) Martine Chapman and Mohsin Altajir of Highland Wagyu present their sponsorship funding to Stirling Show Chairman John Owen and Secretary Maureen McCulloch at Blackford Farms in Dunblane.

Issued on behalf of Stirling Agricultural Show and Highland Wagyu by JK Consultancy. For further information please contact: Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or email jenny@jkconsultancy.com

Highland Wagyu is a pedigree beef company, breeding premium Japanese Wagyu, Aberdeen Angus and Beef Shorthorn cattle with a mission to produce the best beef in the world from our 25,000-acre estate farm in Perthshire, Scotland. Established by husband and wife Mohsin Altajir and Martine Chapman in 2011, our ethos of quality, respect and precision underpins everything we do. Highland Wagyu sells directly to chefs. It is the largest producer of Wagyu cattle in the UK and on course to be the biggest in Europe.

Find us online at www.wagyu.co.uk on twitter @HighlandWagyu and on Facebook.

UA’s ‘Ross-trum’ Rascal graduates as Fellow

25th March, 2014 by admin

Ross Fotheringham David Leggat United Auctions Stirling Agricultural Centre

Newly qualified UA auctioneer Ross Fotheringham receives his FIA (Scot) certificate from Past President of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers Scotland (IAAS) and Executive Chairman of United Auctions David Leggat.

New Fellow Ross (23) joined United Auctions aged 17 as a trainee auctioneer and completed the four-year, distance-learning degree from Harper Adams University in Shropshire under the mentorship of UA Sales Manager and Auctioneer George Purves.

He covers the east of Scotland as a sheep and cattle auctioneer and has gained experience selling both commercial and pedigree stock, including at the Stirling Bull Sales in February. Last year he led the UA team, Rostrum Rascals, to victory at RSABI’s Great Glen Rural Challenge.

David Leggat said: “We’re really pleased that Ross has achieved his Fellowship of the IAAS and it’s great to see the progress being made by him and his peers of young auctioneers as they play an important role in the future of the business.”

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Issued by JK Consultancy Ltd on behalf of United Auctions. For further information please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com

NOTES TO EDITOR

About United Auctions – www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.

Two new businesses launch at Stirling Agricultural Centre

24th March, 2014 by admin

A tractor dealership and Vet Group are open for business at United Auctions’ expanded Stirling Agricultural Centre as the company’s standalone development is completed.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers have welcomed Agricar to a brand new development, while Clyde Vet Group have opened a ground floor reception office in the main Centre.

Agricar Ltd has relocated to Stirling, having outgrown its existing premises off the A84 in Doune. Its new single storey 6,372 sq ft outlet, located on the Centre’s front paddock, affords easy access for both customers collecting parts and heavy goods vehicles delivering machinery.

The purpose-built premises have been designed to provide the ideal showroom, displaying the full range of vehicles the company supplies. Agricar’s eight members of staff have relocated with the business and the company will be recruiting as it continues to grow. Their 7th Agricar Show will be held at the Agricultural Centre on May 3rd.

In the main Centre, Unit 2A-2B is the new home of Clyde Vet Group, a bespoke farm animal service, which specialises in dairy cattle fertility, semen testing of cattle and sheep, mobile foot trimming health planning and preventative medicine. A new business for Stirling, it has expanded beyond its Lanark base to better service its clients in the area.

While there are no facilities to treat animals at the unit, it instead serves as the hub from which a dedicated team of three vets attend on-farm visits and includes a laboratory for speedy in-house sampling and a small dispensing pharmacy. It is also the base for the company’s new out of hours emergency service. Two new receptionists recruited from the local area man the hub during office hours and an official opening day for existing clients will be announced later in the year.

The Stirling Agricultural Centre is already home to a range of professional agricultural brands including Carrs Billington, CKD Galbraith, Johnston Carmichael and Ledingham Chalmers.

Neil McLean, Group Joint MD of UA, said: “The expansion of the Agricultural Centre is a significant investment in the local and agricultural economy and allows for the growth of three agri-businesses – United Auctions, Agricar and Clyde Vet Group – all of which provide essential services to the farming community. We’re delighted to welcome them to Stirling.”

Derek Johnston, Director of Agricar said: “We’re continually striving to take our business forward as shown in our recent investments in Blairgowrie, Dundonald and Perth. The Stirling Agricultural Centre is the ideal site for growth, not only on in terms of location, but also for the portfolio of agricultural businesses in one place. A big deciding factor was forging a longer-term partnership with a go-ahead company like United Auctions.”

Charles Marwood of Clyde Vet Group said: “With the natural expansion of our client base into North Lanarkshire, Falkirk and West Lothian, the launch of an office hub at the Stirling Agricultural Centre makes perfect sense, with its good transport links, essential for quick and easy access to our clients in the area. Along with the high footfall at the busy Centre and the brand awareness that being located there affords, the unit also gives us room to grow.”

Work started on the development in September 2013 and was completed in March 2014.  It was project managed by CKD Galbraith and the team included MacDuff Architects, Brownriggs, Campbell of Doune with Algo as contractors.

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Picture caption: (l-r) Colin Duthie, Agricar’s Perth/Stirling Branch Manager, Neil McLean of United Auctions, Frey Peto and Charles Marwood of Clyde Vet Group.

Issued by JK Consultancy Ltd on behalf of United Auctions. For further information please contact Jenny Kumar of JK Consultancy on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com

NOTES TO EDITOR

About United Auctions – www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services. 

CKD Galbraith invests in commercial with senior level appointment

19th March, 2014 by admin

David Clarke, CKD Galbraith, commercial property, energy matters

CKD Galbraith’s commercial property division has made a senior level appointment to its commercial agency team with the recruitment of David Clarke from CBRE Global Investors in London.

Senior commercial surveyor David Clarke will be based between the offices in Edinburgh and Stirling and brings a wealth of experience in the commercial property investment field, having asset managed significant mixed portfolios across the UK.

A son of Perthshire from a farming background, David has returned to Scotland, having spent thirteen years in the London commercial investment scene with CBRE Global Investors, ING Real Estate and DTZ.

He will be an integral part of the commercial team, which has grown significantly over the last six years with teams now operating in Edinburgh, Perth and Stirling.  David will work alongside partner Richard Higgins who divides his time between Stirling and Edinburgh.

David’s commercial remit is to further develop the firm’s private client investment consultancy and help drive the expanding commercial agency reach across Scotland while his energy portfolio will include assisting on a large-scale offshore wind farm instruction and delivering specialist energy advice, including complex renewables valuation consultancy.

Richard Higgins of CKD Galbraith said: “David’s unique set of analytical and valuation skills coupled with his high-level knowledge and experience makes him a real asset for the firm as we continue to develop and expand our commercial and energy divisions.”

David Clarke said: “I’m delighted to have moved back to Scotland am very pleased to have joined CKD Galbraith at what is a very exciting time for one of Scotland’s leading independent property firms. I look forward to working in the commercial investment sector in both an agency and advisory capacity and advising clients on the property aspects of some key utilities and renewable energy projects.”

Earlier this week, CKD Galbraith announced the opening of their new office in Aberdeen.

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Issued by JK Consultancy on behalf of CKD Galbraith. For further information please contact: Jenny Kumar on 07989 5571989 or email jenny@jkconsultancy.com

Notes to editor

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 250 staff in offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen.

The firm provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland. CKD Galbraith also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

CKD Galbraith’s commercial arm delivers partner-led commercial property intelligence across a range of services, including property and asset management, professional services, investment consultancy, sales, lettings and acquisitions, project co-ordination, facilities management and building surveying.

To find out more about CKD Galbraith visit www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk or follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/ckdgalbraith and Twitter: twitter.com/ckdgalbraith.