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United Auctions teams up with Stirling County RFC to develop club rugby

1st July, 2014 by admin

United Auctions, Stirling County Rugby Club

United Auctions are stepping up their support of club rugby by becoming the new main sponsor of Stirling County RFC.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers, who have recently been named as one Scotland’s top SMEs by the London Stock Exchange, have completed a three-year deal to partner with Stirling County, one of Scotland’s top premiership rugby clubs.

The deal recognises the long-term association UA has in Stirling and with their local rugby club as well as their rural and farming connection. The company’s sales manager and auctioneer Matt Stevenson is a former 1st XV player with Stirling County who went on to referee at the highest level.

Neil McLean, Group Joint Managing Director of UA, said: “The company has operated in Stirling for many years and has always had a strong link with Stirling County. We are very proud to be the new main sponsor for Stirling County as it reflects our local and rural connection with the Club and builds on our support of their British and Irish cup campaign.”

Kevin Robertson, President of Stirling County said: “We are absolutely delighted that such a well-known and respected local company has taken over as main sponsor of Stirling County. This support from United Auctions will allow the Club to further build on its successful rugby development programme across all levels and enable Stirling County’s teams to compete at the highest levels. We look forward to working with United Auctions to bring further success to Bridgehaugh Park.”

Stirling County has more than 100 senior playing members and in excess of 300 juniors regularly playing the sport at Bridgehaugh Park. The Club’s 1st XV play in the top tier BT Premiership and famous internationalists who have worn County colours include George Graham, Allister Hogg, Ian Jardine, Alastair Kellock, Kenny Logan, Kevin McKenzie, James McLaren, John Barclay, Richie Gray and David Denton.

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Notes to editor

  • Picture caption: Neil McLean and Matt Stevenson of United Auctions with Club President Kevin Robertson

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

About United Auctions

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, and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services. In 2013, UA was named in the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’.

About Stirling County RFC

Stirling County is one of Scotland’s top rugby clubs with the 1st XV play in the top tier BT premiership. Their Under-18 and Under-16 sides compete in the National Youth Leagues, while County’s Women’s team play at the top level in the Premier League. Stirling County’s 2nd XV compete in the National Reserve League One and the development 3rd XV play in the Caledonian Midland League. County’s Under-15s play in the age-grade Caledonia League, and the Club’s Midi Rugby (S1 and S2) and Mini Rugby (Primary 3 to 7) teams have a full programme of fixtures and tournaments. Stirling County has also forged strong links with local communities and schools and through the club’s outreach rugby development programme has introduced rugby to young players from all local areas and backgrounds who are encouraged to play rugby at Bridgehaugh Park.

Highland Wagyu in game-changing partnership with Netherton Angus

13th June, 2014 by admin
Highland Wagyu, Netherton Angus, Aberdeen-Angus

Mohsin Altajir of Highland Wagyu flanked by (l) William McLaren Snr and (r) William McLaren Jnr.

Highland Wagyu has announced a groundbreaking partnership with internationally renowned Aberdeen Angus breeders W & D McLaren Ltd of Netherton Angus that will create a game-changing Angus superherd.

In the next five years, beef breeding company Highland Wagyu is set to invest millions into a new Angus superherd, aiming for 1000 head of cattle, in their quest to be at the top of the Angus beef industry and the pedigree-breeding world.

The innovative move includes the private purchase of a majority of the Netherton herd and to run it from both Netherton Farm and Blackford Farms under the guidance of W & D McLaren with William McLaren Jr taking charge of the day-to-day running of Highland Wagyu’s Angus herd, which runs under the Mohmar prefix.

William is the fourth generation of the McLaren Angus breeding family, which this year celebrates 90 years of dedicated Angus breeding. The breeders have sold Angus genetics to every continent in the last two years alone.

Mohsin Altajir who runs Highland Wagyu with his wife Martine Chapman, said: “We don’t believe in doing anything half heartedly. We bring in the professionals and make sure we’re the best. It’s worked for our Wagyu cattle. We did what we set out to be, we are the largest in the UK and the Wagyu are so popular that top chefs are lining up to put their names on our Wagyu cattle.

“We’ve always recognised the importance of the Aberdeen Angus breed and after long and careful deliberation, we thought the best way forward is to align ourselves with the best and we found that in W & D McLaren and Netherton Angus.

“We already have some of the best Angus foundation females in our 300-strong herd and, with the international know-how of William, the resources and scale of the Highland Wagyu operation, we can build up an elite herd with genetics to cater to the markets and revive the story of Scotland being home to the best beef in the world.

“The dream is to line both sides of the A9 with black cattle from Dunblane to Gleneagles and make Scotland a destination for any Angus buyer in the world.”

George McCulloch will continue to be herd manager for Highland Wagyu’s other breeds, which include 300 head of Fullblood Wagyu, 200 Shorthorns and a fold of Highlanders to convey the Scottish brand.

Mr McLaren Jr will retain a number of females and recipients, running the Netherton and Mohmar herds together.

William McLaren Jr of Netherton Farms said: “Our family has always embraced innovation, being the first to weigh cattle in 1958 and one of the first to sell the entire adult part of our herd and this is another first with Highland Wagyu. The partnership benefits the Angus breed and the industry to build scale and diversity to breed lines for higher marbling, easy calving and fleshing and to provide both the beef and pedigree breeding that the world needs. It’s breaking new ground to unite the expertise of Netherton and Highland Wagyu in order to produce the best beef in the country.”

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Issued by JK Consultancy on behalf of Highland Wagyu. For further information and photographs, please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 / jenny@jkconsultancy.com

Notes to Editor

  • Picture caption – Mohsin Altajir of Highland Wagyu flanked by (l) William McLaren Snr and (r) William McLaren Jnr.
  • Netherton Farm extends to 330 acres and Netherton has been one of the top herds in the country for the past 30 years.
  • William McLaren Sr and Jr have served as Past Presidents of the Angus Society. William Sr is in the Angus hall of fame in the US and has been awarded the Hugh Watson Memorial trophy for lifetime achievement with Aberdeen Angus and the Sir William Young Award.
  • David Leggat of United Auctions carried out the cattle valuation for the partnership.

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.

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.