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(l-r) Jayne Gray, co-owner of Stirling Trailer Centre: Neil McLean, Chairman of United Auctions, Robin Gray, co-owner of Stirling Trailer Centre and George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions.

United Auctions welcomes Stirling Trailer Centre

Stirling Trailer Centre is relocating to a £1million purpose-built facility at United Auctions’ Stirling Agricultural Centre, creating three new jobs and taking their total workforce to 14.

The family-run company is the principal distributor of the market-leading Ifor Williams’ trailers in Central and West of Scotland with a large stock of new and used trailers for sale together with an extensive trailer spares department, servicing and repairs centre, commercial workshop, and a growing hire fleet.

The move from Bandeath Industrial Estate in Throsk to the standalone 8,000 sq. ft. premises in The Paddock at the headquarters of Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers ensures a modern, fit-for-purpose distribution service for the company’s expanding customer base, which extends from Perth to Mid Lothian, the Islands, the north of Glasgow, and Fife.

Stirling Trailer Centre joins national agri brands such as Galbraith, Johnston Carmichael, Ledingham Chalmers, Agricar and Carrs Billington who already call the Stirling Agricultural Centre home.

Jayne Gray, co-owner of the Stirling Trailer Centre with husband Robin, said: “Everyone knows where the Agricultural Centre is, with its central location and easy motorway access to and from the rest of Scotland. We’ll be much more accessible for thousands of farmers who can book a same-day service for their trailers while they do business at the mart.

“It also allows us to consolidate our growing range of services under one new roof, making the company more efficient, and giving us the ability to expand by adding more lines to meet customers’ needs – and to showcase over 100 trailers on the site.”

Neil McLean, Chairman of United Auctions who led on the tenancy and building project, which started over a year ago, said: “Jayne and Robin run a progressive, enterprising and growing company. What they’ve achieved is a great credit to their hard work and determination and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions, said: “We’re delighted Stirling Trailer Centre is relocating to Stirling Agricultural Centre. Its inclusion adds to the already impressive line-up of agri and rural services and perfectly complements our offering to the farming community.”

Plans are in development for an official open day later this year.

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(l-r) Jayne Gray, co-owner of Stirling Trailer Centre: Neil McLean, Chairman of United Auctions, Robin Gray, co-owner of Stirling Trailer Centre and George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions.

About United Auctions

United Auctions 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 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.

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Next generation take the hammer for May Bull Sales

283 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale

United Auctions is putting an experienced team of rising star auctioneers at the helm of the Stirling Bull Sales next month.

In a nod to 2018 being the Year of Young People, a trio of next generation auctioneers – Ross Fotheringham (27), Raymond Kennedy (27) and Murray Rainnie (30) – will between them lead the sales of 283 pedigree bulls and females at the May event.

The Stirling Bull Sales take place at Stirling Agricultural Centre from Sunday 6 May to Monday 7 May 2018.

United Auctions’ commitment to succession planning and advancing people from within the Company is shared by its strategic partner Galbraith, the leading independent property consultancy. Galbraith became the sole, all-year sponsor of the Stirling Bull Sales this year.

At the two-day May event, no less than eight pedigree breeds will be on show and sale.

Judging will take place on Sunday 6 May for Charolais, Simmental and Aberdeen-Angus and on the morning of Monday 7 May for Limousin, Beef Shorthorn, Salers, Highland and Hereford breeds. All sales will be held on the Monday.

This year sees a record entry of Simmental bulls forward, reflecting the growing popularity of the breed in the sale ring.

John Roberts, United Auctions’ Group Sales Director, said: “It’s great to see another breed record entry for Simmentals and we’re delighted to have the support of so many pedigree breeders who recognise the value of being part of the May Bull Sales.

“Handing the gavel for this set of sales to our next generation of leaders is a huge tribute. They may be young in years but they have solid experience of both pedigree and commercial sales under their belts, and it shows just how much confidence we have in them by letting them take the mantle of such an important event.”

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Photo caption: Next in line: the next generation of United Auctions and Galbraith, the all-year sponsors of the Stirling Bull Sales line up.  (l-r) Raymond Kennedy, Al Christie, Isla King, Ross Fotheringham, Isla Shaw and Murray Rainnie.

 

Judges

Charolais- Neil Blyth, Middleton House Farm, Elwick, Hartlepool

Simmental- Chris Boyd, 9 Glebe Cottages, Ahoghill, Ballymena

Limousin- John Duncan, Dyke Farm Cottage, Milton of Campsie, Glasgow

Salers- Ian Smith, Netherton, Whitehouse, Alford

Beef Shorthorn- Cathryn Williamson, Balnespick Farm, Kincraig

Aberdeen-Angus- Emma Hodge, Rulesmains, Duns

 

SHOW & SALE PROGRAMME

 

Friday 4 May

5pm                          Yard opens

 

Saturday 5 May

2pm                          Charolais bull inspection

3pm                          Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection

4pm                          Simmental bull inspection

 

Sunday 6 May

10.30am                Show of Charolais bulls

12 noon                 Show of Simmental bulls

12 noon                 Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Salers, Highland & Hereford bulls

1pm                          Limousin bull inspection followed by females

2pm                          Show of Aberdeen-Angus bulls

 

Monday 7 May

9am                          Show of Limousin bulls followed by females

10.30am                Show of Beef Shorthorn bulls followed by Salers and parade of Highland & Hereford cattle

10.45am                Sale of Charolais bulls (42)

11.45am                Sale of Simmental bulls (73) followed by Limousin (66 & 12 females), Salers (9), Beef Shorthorn (12), Hereford (1), Highland (6) and Aberdeen-Angus (61 & 1 female).

 

About United Auctions

United Auctions 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 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.

 

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“Top bulls” line up for Stirling Bull Sales

Galbraith as new sole sponsor of national event

United Auctions are set to welcome a record number of Salers forward, the first official sale of Lincoln Reds, a new sole sponsor and much more when the Stirling Bull Sales kick off next month.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will host no less than 962 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale at the February Bull Sales. The two-week event takes place at Stirling Agricultural Centre from Sunday 4 February to Monday 5 February and continues from Sunday 18 February to Tuesday 20 February 2018 at United Auctions’ headquarters, Stirling Agricultural Centre.

Importantly, February 2018 marks the start of sole, all-year sponsorship by Galbraith of the Stirling Bull Sales which take place in February, May and October annually.

The leading independent property consultancy has a long, strategic partnership with United Auctions, which continues to go from strength to strength. The national sales centre of Galbraith is based at the Agricultural Centre in the City of Stirling and together with United Auctions, the two Stirling businesses employ more than 350 people.

George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions said: “The Stirling Bull Sales are well recognised as one of the most important dates in the farming calendar. Three times a year the City enjoys an out-of-season influx of visitors with demand in hotels, bars, restaurants and conference facilities providing a welcome local economic boost.

“Gaining year-long support from Galbraith of this world-famous event represents a significant investment in and long-term commitment to the City of Stirling, to Scottish agriculture, and beyond. We’re delighted to welcome them as sole sponsor from this year going forward.”

Simon Brown, head of rural and residential sales and lettings at Galbraith, said: “The Stirling Bull Sales showcase the best pedigrees in the country and we’re delighted to support such a prestigious event.

“This sponsorship is testament to our commitment as rural specialists and allows us to gain greater brand exposure amongst our target audience. We very much look forward to strengthening our successful relationship with United Auctions throughout the year.”

 

All about the pedigree…

Popular Sunday judging continues at the Stirling Bull Sales with the main sales held on the Monday of week one and the Monday and Tuesday of week two.

This year, the Bull Sales hosts a total of ten breeds, including the first official sale of pedigree Lincoln Red bulls taking place on the afternoon of Monday 5 February following a parade on Sunday 4 February in the exhibition hall.

A highlight of week one will be the chance for breeders and commercial buyers to source great genetics from the part dispersal of the Perthshire-based Coldrochie Beef Shorthorn herd from Douglas McMillan who is retiring. Coldrochie stock has achieved considerable success at both national and local shows. The autumn calving portion together with a crop of young bulls, comprising 27 lots, will be sold on Monday 5 February while the spring calving portion will be dispersed in May.

The herd has an excellent health and production record and bulls and draft females have met a strong demand at the Stirling sales.

An all-time record of pedigree Salers bulls (44) and females (25) forward in week two can be seen at the pre-sale show on Sunday 18 February and the sale on Monday 19 February.

Meanwhile a major reduction of the Woodhall herd, comprising 55 lots, from the late Hector Macaskill will be held on the morning of Monday 19 February. Established in 1976, this herd of Simmentals has tremendous breeding with a consistent source of top class pedigree and commercial stud bulls.

John Roberts, United Auctions’ Group Sales Director, said: “The top bulls are coming to be sold in Stirling at the February Bull Sales – from Shetland to Somerset and Aberdeen to Tiree and Northern Ireland – offering a leading line up in both number and quality bloodlines. It’s also fantastic to see the growth in the Salers breed and we’re delighted to welcome the first foundation sale of Lincoln Reds.”

Full catalogue details for the Sales will be also available on the Stirling Bull Sales’ page of United Auctions’ websitealong with access to the sale ring’s live webcam. Opportunities for photographs are available from the Saturday of each week.

 

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Judges

Aberdeen-AngusAlan Morrison, The Acre, Drummeer, Maguiresbridge

Beef ShorthornCarey Coombs, Weston Farm, Dunsyre, Carnwath

LimousinIan Nimmo, Bogside Farm, Newmains, Wishaw

SalersAlisdair Davidson, Poldean, Wamphray, Moffat

SimmentalAnne MacPherson, Blackford Farm, Croy, Inverness

CharolaisArwel Owen, Tynewydd, Garthbeibio, Foel, Welshpool

 

SHOW & SALE PROGRAMME

Friday 2 February

5pm                           Yard opens

 

Saturday 3 February

7am                           Yard opens

11.30am                  Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection

2.30pm                     Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Lincoln Red, Hereford and Luing bulls

 

Sunday 4 February

10am                         Show of Aberdeen-Angus females followed by bulls

2pm                           Limousin bull inspection followed by British Blue bulls

2.30pm                     Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls and parade of Lincoln Red, Hereford and Luing bulls

 

Monday 5 February

10am                         Parade of Limousin females followed by Show of bulls

10.30am                  Sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls (175) followed by females (8)

11am                         Sale of Beef Shorthorn females (24) including dispersal of the Coldrochie herd (27) PART

 

1.30pm                     Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (96) followed by Lincoln Red (3), Hereford (5) and Luing

(1) bulls

3.30pm                     Sale of British Blue bulls (2), Limousin bulls (99) followed by Limousin females (4)

 

Friday 16 February

5pm                           Yard opens

 

Saturday 17 February

7am                           Yard opens

12 noon                    Simmental bull inspection followed by show females

 

Sunday 18 February

10am                         Salers bull inspection

11am                         Show of Simmental females followed by bulls

11.30am                  Charolais bull inspection followed by show females

2.30pm                     Show of Salers females followed by bulls

 

Monday 19 February

10.30am                  Sale of Simmental females (31) including major reduction of the Woodhall herd (55)

11am                         Sale of Salers bulls (44)

12 noon                    Show of Charolais females followed by bulls

12.30pm                  Sale of Salers females (25)

12.45pm                  Sale of Simmental bulls (183)

Tuesday 20 February

10.30 am                 Sale of Charolais bulls (171) followed by females (9)

About United Auctions

United Auctions 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 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.

 

 

 

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OLC appoints United Auctions to operate Oban Mart

Press release

The Board of Oban Livestock Centre (OLC) is pleased to announce the appointment of United Auctions as new operators of Oban Mart.

The decision was made at the Centre’s AGM held today (30 May 2017) where shareholders had the chance to discuss the Board’s recommendation at length and endorsed it.

OLC Chairman, Duncan Buchanan, said: “Given the challenges faced by the industry in the future, we are pleased to work with United Auctions and hope that our Centre prospers for the benefit of our shareholders.”

George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions, said: “We are delighted to be the new operators of Oban Mart and are committed to enhancing Oban Livestock Centre and the local economy for the farmers and crofters in the West of Scotland and the islands.

“Our priority is to reinvigorate the sales to make them more effective and well attended. We believe competition comes from a large ring of buyers and we will use our extensive customer network, experience and marketing expertise to attract more buyers to the sales.

“Our permanently based staff in the West, including Raymond Kennedy, will be supported by our senior management team and our cattle and sheep teams as required. We will also work with existing staff at Oban to operate the sales and the day-to-day running of the operation.”

Five auction companies tendered for the position of preferred operator of Oban Mart. The first sale to take place with United Auctions running the auctioneering service will be on Tuesday 13 June.

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About United Auctions

United Auctions 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.

 

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New generation buy out United Auctions

United Auctions is pleased to announce a Management Buy Out of the Company on Wednesday 1st February 2017.

A management consortium, comprising George Purves, John Roberts, Christopher Sharp and Donald Young, backed by fellow Directors David Brown, Donald Morrison and Matt Stevenson, has agreed terms to acquire the entire issued share capital of Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers for an undisclosed sum.

The deal includes all auction markets within the Group, including the property holding at Stirling Agricultural Centre.

The seven strong team assuming operational responsibility for the business was announced in August 2016 as part of the Group’s succession planning programme.

George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions, said: “This is a big step in the evolution and continued planned progression of the Company and we are deeply proud to be sharing the responsibility of taking the business forward for the next generation.”

Former owners Robin Tough, Neil McLean and David Leggat, who stood down from the management team in December 2016, will each continue to have non-executive, advisory roles with the Company.

Outgoing Executive Chairman David Leggat said: “We feel that this is the right time for us to take a step back and allow the next generation to take the business forward. We have the utmost faith and belied that the next team will continue to build upon the foundations and success the business has had to date.”

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Legal and financial advice is being handled by Burness Paull and Johnston Carmichael, respectively. The buyout is being funded by HSBC Corporate, Scotland.

Photo: United Auctions’ new owners (l-r) John Roberts, George Purves, Christopher Sharp and Donald Young.

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’.

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Super-size entry at Autumn Bull Sales

856 Pedigree bulls and females on show and sale

United Auctions is set to host a super-sized Autumn Bull Sales as they welcome 856 pedigree beef bulls and females on show and sale at Stirling Agricultural Centre.

This year Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers are holding the October Bull Sales over four days – from Sunday 16th to Wednesday 19th October 2016 – to accommodate a particularly busy programme.

Sunday judging of the Aberdeen-Angus and Beef Shorthorn breeds, introduced last year, will continue this year with sales taking place the following day on Monday, 17th October.

The Autumn Bull Sales are sponsored by independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith.

A highlight at this year’s Sales will be four prestigious dispersals of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus, Charolais and Simmental females.

One of the most significant Aberdeen-Angus sales staged in the recent history of the breed will take place on Monday afternoon as the sale of the Spring calving portion of the renowned Blelack herd from Graeme and Neil Massie goes under the hammer. The Blelack herd has produced no less than 13 champions at the Bull Sales – a record unsurpassed by any herd. The attractive catalogue of cattle features 75 lots of cows with calves at foot. Many of these cows have already produced bulls, which have featured at the Bull Sales.

The afternoon of Tuesday 18th October sees the dispersal of the Massie family’s Blelack pedigree Charolais with 90 lots forward, including many cows with Spring-born calves at foot. The herd has consistently achieved top prices and averages at the Bull Sales.

This will be followed by the dispersal of the Angus-based Guthrie herd from the Murray family with 17 lots of Charolais females on offer.

Meanwhile, the dispersal of the entire Spring calving portion of the Woodhall herd, comprising 55 lots, from Hector Macaskill will be held on Tuesday morning. This herd of Simmentals was established in 1976 and has been a consistent source of top class pedigree and commercial stud bulls.

David Brown, Sales Director and Auctioneer at UA, who will be in the rostrum for all four dispersals said: “These sales are a unique opportunity for buyers to source highly productive and successful bloodlines. The majority of the lots are cows sold with really promising calves at foot with most of the cows having been re-served with selected bulls. This is a rare set of sales offering an excellent choice for buyers.”

John Roberts, Sales Director and Auctioneer at UA said: “With 450 beef bulls forward from eight different breeds, including the largest entry of Charolais bulls for a number of years, the quality of pedigree livestock on offer at the October sales is just tremendous.”

In addition, the October Bull Sales will include a charity auction on Sunday 16th October at 5pm for the Doreen Cormack Stem Cell Fund. This special auction will help raise funds towards Doreen’s Stem Cell treatment for MS at a specialist clinic in Mexico next February.

More than 70 lots, including livestock, embryos, semen, special prizes and sporting experiences, have been kindly donated to help the Angus breeder meet her fundraising target of £50,000. Two of the UK’s leading herds have been generous in offering livestock lots. The opening lot is from the Davidson family who donated the pick of their Skaill herd. Doreen and Alistair recently travelled to Orkney and selected three-year-old cow Skaill Tibbie N812 who comes with her promising second calf at foot, Skaill Tibbie S545.

The second lot is a choice of an in-calf heifer from the entire Wedderlie herd run by the Tilson family in the Borders. The 200-cow Wedderlie herd celebrated its centenary in 2014 and Wedderlie genetics have been used in the foundation of eminent herds over the years.

A dedicated catalogue is available on the UA website and telephone bids are accepted on the day.

Full catalogue details for the Sales will be also available on the Stirling Bull Sales’ page of UA’s website along with access to the sale ring’s live webcam. Opportunities for photographs are available from Sunday.

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Judges

Aberdeen-Angus – Robin Orr, Halbeath Farm, Dunfermline

Beef Shorthorn – Sally Horrell, Podehole Farm, Thorney, Peterborough

Limousin – Jonathan Aiken, 82 Corbally Road, Carnew, Dromara, Dromore

Simmental – Vikki Wood, Popes Farm, Longridge Road, Dutton, Preston

Charolais – Bob Adam, Newhouse of Glamis, Glamis, Forfar

 

SHOW AND SALE PROGRAMME

Sunday 16 October

8.30am                        Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection

9.30am                        Beef Shorthorn bull inspection

10am                           Simmental bull inspection

12 noon                       Charolais bull inspection

1.30pm                        Show of Aberdeen-Angus bulls followed by females

3pm                             Limousin bull inspection followed by Salers, British Blonde and Luing bulls

3pm                             Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls, followed by parade of Luing

5pm                             Doreen’s Stem Cell Fund – charity auction

 

Monday 17 October

8am                             Show of Limousin females followed by bulls followed by parade of Salers & British

Blonde bulls

10.30am                      Sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls (45) followed by Beef Shorthorn bulls (19) and Luing (2)

12 noon                       Sale of Aberdeen-Angus females (101) including dispersal of the adult portion of the

Blelack herd (75)

12.30pm                      Show of Simmental females followed by bulls

1.30pm                        Sale of Limousin bulls (78) followed by Salers (8) and British Blonde (2) bulls, followed by Limousin (16) and Salers (5) females

2.30pm                        Sale of Beef Shorthorn females (79)

 

Tuesday 18 October

9am                             Show of Charolais females followed by bulls

10.30am                      Sale of Simmental females (77) including dispersal of the entire spring-calving portion

of the Woodhall

herd (55)

1pm                             Sale of Simmental bulls (132)

3pm                             Sale of Charolais females (130) including dispersals of the Blelack herd (89) and

Guthrie herd (17)

Wednesday 19 October

10.30am                      Sale of Charolais bulls (165)

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’.

 

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Lady of the Lambs

Lady Claire Macdonald puts Scotch Lamb on the menu at Dalmally

 Lady Claire Macdonald witnessed an impressive 10,882 entries at United Auctions’ Annual Show and Sale of Blackface Lambs when she visited Dalmally Auction Mart for the first time on Saturday (September 10th).

The Queen of Cuisine’s visit to the prestigious sale at Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers’ Dalmally facility offered the well-respected cook and food writer, who is an official Scotch Lamb ambassador with Quality Meat Scotland, an opportunity to learn more about the importance of the auction system.

The entry of 8757 head of Blackface Lambs, 1776 Cross Bred Lambs and 289 Feeding Sheep is the largest seen at the Centre in the past 20 years. The packed mart accommodated the bumper stock in 200 extra pens outside in the autumn sunshine.

Buyers from the local area were joined by those from the South of England to bid on stock drawn from Lochaber to the North, Kintyre to south Argyll, Perthshire, Stirlingshire, the Argyll Islands and the local area.

As Lady Claire toured the bustling market, with her husband Lord Godfrey Macdonald, she spoke with UA customers and also signed 50 Scotch Lamb recipe books for which UA made a donation toward the STV Children’s Appeal.

Lady Claire Macdonald signs copies of the Scotch Lamb recipe book for local farmer and Vice Chair of the NFU’s Argyll Regional Board, Peter Kennedy and for Aileen McFadzean, Breed Promotions Manager of Blackface Sheep Association.

Lady Claire Macdonald signs copies of the Scotch Lamb recipe book for local farmer and Vice Chair of the NFU’s Argyll Regional Board, Peter Kennedy and for Aileen McFadzean, Breed Promotions Manager of Blackface Sheep Association.

Lady Claire Macdonald said: “We had an absolutely wonderful day. It’s been enlightening to speak to the farmers directly about what they do, learn more about the different breeds and see the thriving market system at Dalmally in action.

“I’ll be able to use the knowledge from today’s visit in my cooking demonstrations with lamb where the insight about provenance and farm assurance is so important.

She went on to present the James Weir Memorial Trophy for the championship pen of 50 Blackface Lambs to Donald and Morag MacCorquodale of M/s Buchanan, Achnaba, Connel who were also consecutive winners from 2012 to 2014.

(l-r) UA’s George Purves, Blackface Judge Ian Reid, Lady Claire Macdonald with Morag and Donald McCorkadale, son Donald and their prize-winning lambs with (back row) Area Manager Donald Morrison and auctioneer Peter Wood in the rostrum.

(l-r) UA’s George Purves, Blackface Judge Ian Reid, Lady Claire Macdonald with Morag and Donald MacCorquodale, son Donald and their prize-winning lambs with (back row) Area Manager Donald Morrison and auctioneer Peter Wood in the rostrum.

The prize-winning pen made the top price of £58 for the Blackface Lambs and went home with the Judge, Ian Reid of Isle Cottage, Methven, Perthshire.

The reserve champion pen went to Tayvallich Estate for £56, selling to GL & D Reid, South Park, Perthshire while third place was awarded to Clachan Farms, Kilninver for £55 and was bought by M/s W J Cameron, Keith.

On her visit, Lady Macdonald also took the opportunity to carve and sample the Blackface Lamb spit roast, which received her seal of approval. The Lamb was supplied by local farmer Angus MacFadyen & Son of Bragleenmore Farm, by Oban and provided by Oban Spit Roasts.

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Peter Wood, UA’s auctioneer for the west of Scotland, said: “It was a pleasure to host Lady Claire at Dalmally. Customers were delighted to meet her and pleased to know she is giving the product the recognition it deserves. She created an extra buzz about the place during a busy sale.”

The entry of Blackface Lambs averaged out £38.52 per head for “Top, Second & Third draws” sold, as against £40.16 per head last year.The overall sale average for all sheep sold was £39.70 per head or 145.76 per kilo.

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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’.

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Lady Claire Macdonald to serve up Scotch Lamb PGI at Dalmally

One of Scotland’s best-known cooks and food writers, Lady Claire Macdonald OBE, is set to put Scotch Blackface Lamb on the menu when she visits Dalmally Mart for the first time this week.

United Auctions will welcome Lady Macdonald to their Annual Show and Sale of 9000 Blackface Wedder Lambs, Cross Bred Lambs and Feeding Sheep on Saturday, 10th September 2016.

The visit to the event, recognised as the most important Blackface Lamb sales in Argyll, forms part of her role as “Lambassador”, supporting Quality Meat Scotland’s ongoing promotional activities behind Scotch Lamb PGI.

The Queen of Cuisine will have the ‘farm to plate’ experience during her visit to Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers’ facility in the West.

She will meet farmers from Argyll and the Islands, view the quality of livestock on offer and present the James Weir Memorial Trophy for the best pen of Blackface lambs.

And she will have the chance to taste and serve up Blackface Lamb rolls to customers at the Farm Assured mart, courtesy of Oban Spit Roast. The Lamb will be supplied from Farm Assured holding and regular customers Angus MacFadyen & Son of Bragleenmore Farm, by Oban – who are also competing for the trophy on the day – and sourced through Farm Assured company Jackson Bros. Master Butchers – Oban, who have a long association with the local farming community and United Auctions.

Lady Claire Macdonald, who is internationally recognised as a leading advocate of Scottish food and produce, said: “I am really looking forward to my first visit to Dalmally Mart and to experience the wonderful atmosphere which accompanies such a large show and sale.

“One thing which always comes through during these events is the pride farmers and auctioneers take in the quality of the livestock and stockmanship skills.

“Scotch Lamb is a gem in Scotland’s rich larder and I can’t wait to serve up and sample some fabulous locally-produced Blackface lamb rolls!”

Donald Morrison, Area Managing Director for Argyll and the Islands said: “We’re delighted to welcome Lady Macdonald to Dalmally and one of our key sales in this busy season which boasts a strong line-up of high quality stock. With Blackface Wedder Lambs leading this sale, it is a good chance to see the food chain in action first hand.”

Auctioneer for the West of Scotland, Peter Wood said: “Lady Macdonald’s first visit to Dalmally will help show the importance of the market system in the food chain and I’m sure she will enjoy speaking to customers in what we anticipate will be a packed sale ring.” 

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Issued by JK Consultancy on behalf of United Auctions. For further information, please contact

Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 / jenny@jkconsultancy.com

Notes to editor

  • The James Weir Memorial Trophy was introduced in 2010 to honour the late leading livestock auctioneer. Donated by Mrs Weir in memory of her husband, it is an annual prize at the sale to mark Jimmy’s involvement and passion for the area and the mart.

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’.

 

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Senior team to stand down from United Auctions

 Trio to hand over management reins from December 31

United Auctions has announced today (Tuesday, 9 August 2016) that its senior executive team is to stand down from their management roles at the end of the year.

Group Managing Directors Robin Tough and Neil McLean and Executive Chairman David Leggat, who have led the Company since completing an MBO in 2007, will each continue to have different roles at UA in a non-executive and advisory capacity from the end of December 2016.

Taking the reins of UA’s operational responsibility will be David Brown, Donald Morrison, John Roberts, Christopher Sharp, Matt Stevenson and Donald Young with George Purves becoming Managing Director. These seven Directors have been running Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers since their promotion to the Executive Team in December 2014, as part of the Company’s succession planning.

UA’s Executive Chairman, David Leggat, said: “The Company has taken many forms over its long history and we’re proud to have played our part in successfully leading the business in its most recent era. Now it’s time for us to hand over the baton and allow the next generation to take the business into a new chapter.

“We’ve always believed in the importance of succession planning. We nurture skills, knowledge and experience at all levels of the company to ensure future sustainability for our staff, customers and the sector.

“The new management team, with whom we’ve shared management responsibility for the past two years, has the quality, strength and depth to take the business forward with the same dedication to continuity of care, service and personnel.”

He added: “In the meantime, we look forward to seeing and speaking with our many customers at the upcoming sales and events as normal.”

George Purves, who will take on the role of MD, said: “With its generations of strong leaders before us, we’re immensely proud to be charged with managing Company operations.”

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

Notes to editor

Photo: United Auctions’ senior team (l-r) Group MDs Robin Tough, Neil McLean and Executive Chairman David Leggat.

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’.

 

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Lorn Agricultural Show boosted with three-year sponsorship from United Auctions

The committee of the Lorn Agricultural Show is pleased to announce that United Auctions has signed up to be the new main sponsor of the rural show for the next three years.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers has committed significant support to the annual one-day event, which takes place this year on Saturday, August 6th 2016 and welcomes around 1500 visitors and competitors.

Held at Tralee Beach in Benderloch, Argyll with generous support and assistance from the Keil Crofters and the family of the late Mr H MacColl of Glencoe, the event is recognised for its quality livestock, cattle and sheep shows, with particularly strong numbers of Highland cattle and Blackface sheep.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of United Auctions said: “We’re pleased to team up with the Lorn Agricultural Society and strengthen the position of this important rural show. The role of agricultural shows and the voluntary network who run them are a vital part of the fabric of local communities.”

Ewen MacGillivray Jnr, President of the Lorn Agricultural Society, which runs the Show, said: “We’re delighted to be given this long-term support from United Auctions. It’s not been easy in this financial climate so it’s great to have this boost, which will give us security in the coming years.”

It is understood that the funding will be invested in equipment for the Show with the details to be confirmed at the next meeting of the Committee.

Donald Morrison, Area Managing Director for Argyll and the Islands, said: “Having attended the event for 40 years, it’s great news that UA is backing the Show. It’s an excellent shop window to see top quality stock on offer, which is why it attracts competitors and visitors from all over Argyll and the islands.”

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Issued by JK Consultancy on behalf of United Auctions. For further information, please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989557198 / jenny@jkconsultancy.com

 Notes to editor

  • Picture: (l-r)UA’s Area MD Donald Morrison with Lorn Agricultural Show President Ewen MacGillivray, Jnr and Executive Chairman David Leggat on the showground.

 

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’.