More than 843 pedigree bulls and females and around 10,000 visitors are heading to Stirling this weekend for the world-famous Perth Bull Sales® at the Stirling Agricultural Centre.
United Auctions (UA), Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers, are set to welcome farmers and pedigree enthusiasts from Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and beyond for the October Sales, which run from Monday, October 17th to Wednesday, October 19th.
The Autumn Sales will see a record entry of Beef Shorthorn females forward – 107 in total. The Sales also include the dispersal of the Kitewood herd from Aberdeenshire of 42 Aberdeen Angus females, which is attracting attention for its innovative breeding.
Said David Leggat MBE, executive chairman of United Auctions: “We expect there to be quite a buzz in the sale ring from the high quality entries on offer. Virtually every lot is sold with a herd health declaration and EBV (Estimated Breeding Value) figures, which look very impressive.”
A first for the Bull Sales this year is the ‘AI for RSABI’ sale of Bovine Genetics, which aims to raise funds for RSABI (the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution), Scotland’s charity helping people who have depended on the land.
The charity auction takes place at 5.30pm on Sunday, October 16th, for which more than 85 lots have been donated, including semen that is no longer available on the open market such as Tofts Romany, Rawburn Transformer, Dunlouise Jipsey Earl and Doonally New, as well as widely used bulls Glenlivet Single Malt, Omorga Samson and Grahams Unbeatable.
Said Mr Leggat: “We’re delighted to host this new event, which offers an exciting range of semen and helps raise awareness and funds for the charity.”
Added Eilidh Grieve, RSABI Development Officer for Central Scotland: “The auction is an important part of our fundraising program and we’re thrilled to have UA’s support and the platform of the prestigious Bull Sales.”
Held under the auspices of the national breed societies, the Perth Bull Sales® are sponsored by Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith.
Said Mr Leggat: “We’re pleased to have the continued support of CKD Galbraith, whose rural arm is now based at the Centre.”
Customers and pedigree enthusiasts across the world can watch all the action via the live webcam and follow the latest show and sale news on UA’s Facebook page.
Full catalogue details for the Sales are available on the pedigree page of UA’s website www.uagroup.co.uk along with access to the live webcam.
Email and pre-arranged telephone bids for the charity auction will be accepted and the catalogue can be viewed at www.rsabi.org.uk/central
Opportunities for photographs will be available from Sunday, October 16th onwards.
NOTES TO EDITOR
Show and sale programme
Sunday, October 16th
8.30am – Aberdeen Angus bull inspection
10.00am – Beef Shorthorn bull inspection
10.15am – Limousin bull inspection followed by British Blues
12 noon – Simmental bull inspection
2.30pm – Charolais bull inspection
5.30pm – Charity auction of bull semen and embryos for Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI).
Monday, October 17th
8.00am – Show of Aberdeen Angus females followed by bulls
10.30am – Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls
12.30pm – Sale of Aberdeen Angus bulls (83) & Beef Shorthorn bulls (11)
1.00pm – Show of Limousin females & Limousin bulls, followed by Salers & British Blue bulls
2.30pm – Sales of Aberdeen Angus females (75) to include dispersal sale of the Kitewood herd (42) also drafts from Rawburn (10); Cardona (6); The Moss (6); plus females from five other herds also embryos and semen
4.00pm – Sale of Beef Shorthorn females (107); Collective section of 65 followed by drafts from Glenisia (17); Grandtullybrae (10); Dunsyre (14)
5.00pm – Sale of Limousin bulls (118), Salers bulls (10) & British Blue bulls (8) followed by Limousin (21) & Salers (7) females
Tuesday, October 18th
8.00am – Show of Simmental females followed by bulls
1.00pm – Show of Charolais females followed by bulls
1.30pm – Sale of Simmental females (5)
2.00pm – Sale of Simmental bulls (181)
Wednesday, October 19th
10.30am – Sale of Charolais bulls (182) followed by sale of collective females (6) and drafts from Alsnow (7), Caithness (6) and Allanfauld (6)
Aberdeen Angus – Mr Donald MacPherson, Castlehills Farm, Castle Terrace, BERWICK -UPON –TWEED TD15 1PB
Beef Shorthorn – Mr Richard Rettie, 3 Aberdona Mains, Forestmill, ALLOA FK10 3QP
British Blue & Salers – Mr Paul Walker, Horsepool Farm, Bromsgrove Road, HUNNINGTON
Simmental – Mr Robert Forde, Mullyknock, Tempo, ENNISKILLEN BT94 3AN
Limousin – Mr Dougie McBeath, Lower Greenyards, Bannockburn, STIRLING FK7 7BD
Charolais – Mr Harold Stubbs, 48 Innisroosk Road, Crummy, LISNASKEA Co Fermanagh
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 sheep and cattle and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.