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Record numbers as May Bull Sales welcome Highlanders

262 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale

 United Auctions’ May bull sales next month is set to stage a record number of entries and a new format extended over two days.

And, in a first for the Bull Sales, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will host the official show and sale of Highland cattle as part of the national event.

To accommodate the largest-line up in the history of the event, the format has been expanded and will take place at Stirling Agricultural Centre from Sunday, May 1st to Monday, May 2nd 2016.

The Multi-Breed event is sponsored by Agricar.

Pre-sale judging of Charolais, Simmental and Highlanders will take place on Sunday afternoon while the shows of Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn and Limousin livestock will be held on Monday morning, followed by all sales.

John Roberts, Sales director and auctioneer at UA said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Highland breed to the Centre for their first pedigree sale. The addition to the May Bull Sale of this much-admired breed speaks volumes about the event’s growth in popularity from its very modest beginnings.

“No less than 132 of the UK’s leading herds have consignments forward. We anticipate a comprehensive show of excellent bulls with genetics that will have wide appeal to beef producers.”

20 pedigree Highland bulls and females will go under the hammer of Dalmally-born auctioneer Raymond Kennedy at 10.45 on Monday morning.

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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

Judges

Highland – Jim McMillan, Craigmore, Farnell, Brechin, DD9 6UP

Charolais – Wallace Brown, Barrance, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, G77 5RR

Simmental – Daffyd Jones, Maesllymystyn, Foel, Welshpool, SY21 0NX

Limousin – Kevin Bates, 1 The Whinney, Rosley, Wigton, CA7 8HR

Aberdeen-Angus – Ken Howie, Cairnton, Lumphannan, Banchory, AB31 4QP

Beef Shorthorn – Geoff Riby, Low Stonehills, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington, YO15 3QR

 

SHOW AND SALE PROGRAMME

Saturday 30 April

7am                           Yard opens

 

Sunday 1 May

9.45 am                    Charolais inspection

11 am                        Simmental inspection

12.30 pm                 Limousin inspection

1 pm                          Show of Charolais bulls

1.30 pm                    Aberdeen-Angus inspection

2.15 pm                    Beef Shorthorn inspection followed by Salers and British Blue

2.30 pm                    Show of Simmental bulls

4 pm                          Show of Highland cattle

 

Monday 2 May

8.45 am                    Parade of Salers and British Blue bulls

9 am                          Show of Limousin bulls

10 am                        Show of Aberdeen-Angus bulls followed by Beef Shorthorn bulls

10.45 am                 Sale of Highland bulls

11.15 am                 Sale of Salers (7) and British Blue bulls (1)

11.30 am                 Sale of Charolais (64), Simmental (65 & 1 female), Limousin (58 & 3 females),

Aberdeen-Angus (34) and Beef Shorthorn (17 & 8 females).

 

 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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February Bull Sales: new format for shows and sales

United Auctions has reformatted the February Bull Sales to ensure customers get best value from their time at the two-week event.

The Stirling Bull Sales at Stirling Agricultural Centre will feature 1055 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale from Sunday, January 31st to Tuesday, February 2nd and from Sunday, February 14th to Tuesday, February 16th.

The more compact programme includes Sunday judging in both weeks. On Sunday, January 31st the Aberdeen Angus females and bulls show takes place at 12.30pm with the sale the following day. On Sunday, February 14th, the show of Simmental females and bulls takes place at noon with the show of Salers bulls at 4pm. Both sales will be held the following day.

The new February programme follows a similar redesign successfully introduced in October by Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers.

John Roberts, Sales Director and Auctioneer at UA, said: “The updated schedule is a next step in the evolution of the Bull Sales. It reflects customer demand to get the most value out of the event – and their time off the farm.”

David Brown, Sales Director and Auctioneer at UA said: “The Spring Sales offers no less than 342 vendors of high quality bulls and females. Entries come from the four corners of the UK – from Shetland and Orkney to Somerset, Southampton, Portsmouth and from Northern Ireland, Swansea and Wold in Wales, to Oxfordshire and Lincolnshire – highlighting the national importance of this event.”

In the second week, customers will be interested to note the sale of the complete adult portion of the Fife-based Broombrae herd of high performing Simmental cattle on Monday, February 15th.

Bank of Scotland is sponsoring the February Bull Sales again and will have a strong presence at the event.

Sandy Hay, Head of Agriculture Bank of Scotland, South and East Scotland said: “Bank of Scotland is extremely proud to sponsor the Stirling Bull Sales again this year, and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the finest pedigree bulls in the UK on show. We recognise that 2016 could be another challenging year for many farmers. Our relationship managers are committed to working directly with farmers to bridge the delay in the basic payment scheme, and helping them to manage and grow their businesses.”

Guest of honour at the Sales will be Stirling Council’s Provost Mike Robbins and customers may spot BBC presenter and farmer Adam Henson filming for Countryfile on Monday, February 1st.

Full catalogue details for the Sales will be 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 Saturday. 

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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:

Judges

Aberdeen-Angus – John Lohoar, Glenbervie Home Farm, Drumlithie, Stonehaven

Beef Shorthorn – Liam Muir, Upper Onston, Stenness, Stromness

Limousin – James Hazard, Saltby Heath, Skillington, Grantham

Salers – Neil Austin, Boreland Of Girthon, Gatehouse Of Fleet

Simmental – Gary Christie, Midtown Of Glass, Huntly

Charolais – Ben Harman, Grove Farm, Grove Lane, Chesham

 

Programme of Events

Saturday 30th January 2016

7am                              Yard opens

2pm                              Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection

 

Sunday 31st January 2016

10am                            Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Luing and Hereford bulls

12.30pm                        Show of Aberdeen-Angus females followed by bulls

2 pm                             Limousin bull inspection followed by British Blue

 

Monday 1st February 2016         

8.30am                          Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls

10.30am                        Sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls (163)

1.30pm                          Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (103) followed by Luing bull (1), Hereford bulls (2)

2pm                              Sale of Aberdeen-Angus females (60 + 10 calves)

3.30pm                          Sale of Beef Shorthorn females (25)

 

Tuesday 2nd February 2016       

9am                              Show of Limousinbulls

12.50pm                        Sale of British Blue bulls (3)

1pm                              Sale of Limousin bulls (111) followed by Limousin females (5)

 

Saturday 13th February

7am                              Yard opens

2pm                              Simmental bull inspection

 

Sunday 14th February 2016

12 noon                         Show of Simmental females followed by bulls

12 noon                         Salers bull inspection

12.15pm                        Charolais bull inspection

4.30pm                          Show of Salers bulls

 

Monday 15th February 2016       

10.30am                        Sale of Simmental females (50 + 3 calves) followed by complete adult portion of the

Broombrae herd (33 + 11 calves)

12 noon                         Show of Charolais females followed by bull

12.30pm                        Sale of Salers bulls (21) followed by females (16)

1pm                              Sale of Simmental bulls (217)

 

Tuesday 16th February 2016      

10.30 am                       Sale of Charolais bulls (232) followed by females (13) 

 

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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211 pedigree bulls and females set for one-day May Bull Sale

United Auctions (UA) are gearing up for their annual one-day Bull Sale on Monday, May 4th when 211 pedigree cattle come to Stirling Agricultural Centre.

The compact format of this popular multi-breed event will see pedigree bulls and females staged on show and sale over a single day in a bid to ease the pressure for customers at this time of year.

The event takes place in the 150th anniversary year of the Bull Sales and will run in conjunction with a major beef breeding sale with an entry of approximately 500 head, including 120 stock suckler cows with calves at foot from Aberbothrie.

Two Stirlingshire farmers, Katreen Millar of Lochend, Port of Menteith and John MacGregor of Allanfauld, Kilsyth will judge the Charolais and Limousin shows respectively.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers are also delighted to welcome a new main sponsor for this year’s event – Agricar Ltd. The tractor dealership occupies the purpose-built outlet at the Centre and will have a presence at the event.

In addition, UA are hosting an SRUC workshop on the control of Johnes disease in cattle on the same day. This meeting, funded by QMS, will be held at 4pm in the Centre’s conference room.

The Charolais, Simmental, Limousin, Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorn and Longhorn breeds are all sold under the auspices of their respective breed societies.

Full catalogue details for the Sales are available on the pedigree page of UA’s website along with access to the sale ring’s live webcam. Opportunities for photographs are available from Sunday 3rd May.

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NOTES TO EDITOR

Judges

Charolais Katreen Millar, Lochend, Port of Menteith, Stirling FK8 3JZ

Simmental – Harry Wood, Popes Farm, Longridge Road, Dutton, Preston PR3 2YT

Limousin – John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth, Glasgow G65 9DF

Aberdeen Angus – Albert J Taylor, 69 Woodend Drive, Northmuir, Kirriemuir DD8 4TG

Beef Shorthorn – Elizabeth Lang, The Bungalow, Rosewells, Pitscottie, Cupar KY15 5LE.

Show and sale programme

Sunday 3 May  
12 noon Charolais inspection
1 pm Simmental inspection
2 pm Limousin inspection
3 pm Aberdeen Angus inspection
3.30 pm Beef Shorthorn inspection
   
Monday 4 May  
8 am Show of Charolais bulls followed by Simmental bulls, Limousin bulls, Aberdeen Angus bulls & Beef Shorthorn bulls
11.30 am Sale of Longhorn bull (1) followed by Salers bulls (5) & British Blue bull (1) & Hereford bulls (4)
12 noon Sale of Charolais bulls (28), Simmental bulls (43), Limousin bulls (63), followed by females (8), Aberdeen Angus bulls (44) & Beef Shorthorn bulls (14)

 

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’ and in 2015 it was ranked in the top 20 of Insider’s SME300.

 

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United Auctions statement re Caledonian Marts

In response to customer enquiries at the Stirling Bull Sales, United Auctions confirms they have registered an interest in Caledonian Marts.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman at UA, said: “Obviously, we’re interested in the situation and have many mutual customers. The process is subject to a confidentiality agreement, which we clearly want to respect.”

Robin Tough, Group Joint Managing Director, said: “Our priority is to continue to focus on farmers’ requirements and to respond to changes in the market place.

“We have reviewed our sales calendar to allow back end sheep sales being held on Mondays with cattle-only sales on Wednesdays that will incorporate a prime cattle sale.

“Ultimately, we want to be prepared for all eventualities in order to service the needs of the wider farming community.”

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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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Press accreditation required for royal visit to 150th Bull Sales – Mon 2nd Feb

All press must apply for accreditation to cover the visit of HRH Princess Royal on the afternoon of Monday, February 2nd at Stirling Agricultural Centre.

Princess Anne’s visit marks the 150th anniversary of the event. She is attending in her role as patron of the Beef Shorthorn cattle society and it is the first time a royal has visited the Bull Sales at Stirling.

To apply for accreditation, please contact Jenny Kumar on jenny@jkconsultancy.com with your name, mobile, media outlet you represent and arrival time on Monday, February 2nd. Once approved, please collect your assigned press badge from the media table in the concourse on arrival.

The Sales have enjoyed royal support with HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother being a regular consignor of Aberdeen-Angus cattle from the Castle of Mey.  She visited the sales on a number of occasions and was very involved with the herd.

HRH The Prince of Wales also attended the sales at Perth in 2002 in his capacity as patron of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman at UA, said: “We’re looking forward with much excitement to welcoming The Princess Royal to the event, in which she has a personal interest. We do require all press and media to apply in good time for accreditation ahead of the Princess’ arrival on the first day of the sales.

“It’s been fascinating reviewing the Bull Sales’ archive, which reflects the changing trends of the breeds over the years. In the early days there was hardly a catalogue while today we detail the health, genetics and performance of the cattle, showing there is something for everyone.”

 

The Bull Sales: present and past

The Spring Bull Sales – sponsored by Bank of Scotland – offers 1150 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale from February 2nd and 3rd, continuing on February 16th and 17th at the Stirling Agricultural Centre.

The world-famous event, now known as the Stirling Bull Sales, started in 1865 at the Perth Market in Mill Street. They were conducted by Macdonald and McCallum and comprised 14 Beef Shorthorns selling to a top of 39gns, averaging around 14gns.

JM Fraser became a partner in 1871, aged 26, and Macdonald Fraser was formed. He was widely recognised as the pioneer of the Sales and did much to develop it into an international event.

In the early sales, the numbers forward were small and it wasn’t until 1872 when numbers had increased significantly – and now included Aberdeen Angus – that they warranted a separate sale day from the normal Friday market.

Held on a Wednesday in mid-March, 75 shorthorns sold for a total of £1964.

1875 saw the company move to larger premises at Caledonian Road and a sale on March 12th 1879 attracted the largest number of buyers including, for the first time, several from overseas, including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

By 1892 the two breeds had separate sale dates: 286 Angus were sold on February 24th while 242 Shorthorns sold on March 2nd.

The biggest prices came during two separate post-war booms. In 1920’s spring sale of Shorthorns, 486 averaged £302 with a top of 6600gns. This was significant because in all that year 2061 bulls sold to an average of £270.

The next boom was in 1946 when brothers Pittodrie Upright and Pittodrie Uprise fetched 14,500gns and 14,000gns, respectively – an impressive amount for that time.

In the 1950s and ‘60s, the Bull Sales had a big influence on the rise of Angus cattle to the US and Argentina. New names in the export trade included Alexander, Schofield and Gammie who were shipping to Buenos Aires and Clint Tomson of Harding and Harding was purchasing for the US.

A groundbreaking influx of Charolais and Simmental breeds camein the early 1970s with Limousins following in the late ‘70s.

Consequently, the Bull Sales was the largest collective sale of Charolais and Simmental in Europe by the 1990s. The catalogue for October 1990 records the sale of 356 Simmental and 510 Charolais.

The event moved from Perth in 2009 and is now well established at Stirling Agricultural Centre in 2009 where it continues to thrive.

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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:

Judges

Aberdeen-Angus – Bob Lane, Windy Meadow Farm, Edgmond, Newport

Beef Shorthorn – Nigel Miller, Stagehall, Stow, Galashiels

Hereford – Andrew Rennie, Hood Farm, Cambuskenneth, Stirling

Limousin – Alasdair MacNab, Alagils Herd, Kildun Cottage, Dingwall, Highland

Salers – Steven Sandison, Millburn, Harray, Orkney

Simmental – Michael Barlow, Four Oaks, Ulnes Walton Lane, Leyland

Charolais – Michael Massie, Mains of Elrick, Auchnagatt, Ellon

Show and Sale Programme

Sunday 1 February
9 am Aberdeen Angus bull inspection
12 noon Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Hereford bulls
2 pm Limousin inspection
4 pm Parade of pairs of Aberdeen Angus bulls
Monday 2 February
8 am Show of Aberdeen Angus females followed by bulls
1 pm Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls followed by show of Hereford bulls
3pm Collective sale of Aberdeen Angus females (101) including drafts from Ballathie, Belhaven, Hillfoots and Retties followed by major reduction of the Chathill herd (66)
5 pm Collective sale of Beef Shorthorn females (27) including draft from Chapelton
Tuesday 3 February
9 am Show of Limousin females followed by bulls
10.30 am Sale of Aberdeen Angus bulls (196)
1.30 pm Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (102) following by Luing bull (1) and Hereford bulls (8)
3.30 pm Sale of Limousin bulls (131) followed by females (8)
Sunday 15 February
9 am Simmental bull inspection
12 noon Inspection of Salers followed by British Blue bulls
12.30 pm Charolais bull inspection
4 pm Show of Salers bulls followed by females followed by parade of British Blue bulls, females and British Blonde bulls
5 pm Show of Simmental females
Monday 16 February
8 am Show of Simmental bulls
12 noon Sale of Salers bulls (22) followed by females (17) including draft from Seamore followed by British Blue bulls (4) and females (3) followed by British Blonde bulls (3)
12 noon Show of Charolais females followed by bulls
1 pm Sale of Simmental females (50) including drafts from Beeches, Dirnanean, Innerwick, Skerrington and Wolfstar
1.30 pm Sale of Simmental bulls (207)
Tuesday 17 February
10.30 am Sale of Charolais bulls (239) followed by females (20) including draft from Mornity

 

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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HRH Princess Anne to attend 150th Bull Sales

United Auctions is delighted to confirm that HRH Princess Royal is to attend the Stirling Bull Sales in February 2015 to mark the 150th anniversary of the prestigious event.

Princess Anne is attending the first day of the first week of the event in her capacity as patron of the Beef Shorthorn Breed Society.

This will be the first time a member of the royal family has visited the Bull Sales at the Stirling Agricultural Centre.

During her visit, she will view the show of Beef Shorthorn cattle and meet breed officials and Shorthorn enthusiasts.

The world-famous event, now known as the Stirling Bull Sales, started in 1865 at the Perth Market in Mill Street and comprised 14 Beef Shorthorns selling to a top of 39gns, averaging around 14gns.

In February 2015, 100 Shorthorn bulls and 35 females are catalogued, demonstrating that the breed continues to have an important role in commercial beef production.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman at UA, said: “It will be an honour to welcome Princess Anne to Stirling to mark 150 years of the Bull Sales and we’re absolutely delighted that we can celebrate this special occasion with our staff and customers.”

A potted history of the Bull Sales

Macdonald and McCallum conducted the original sales of bulls in 1865. J M Fraser became a partner in 1871, and Macdonald Fraser was formed. He was widely recognised as the pioneer of the Sales and did much to develop it into an international event.

In the early sales, the numbers forward were small and it wasn’t until 1872 when numbers had increased significantly – and now included Aberdeen Angus – that they warranted a separate sale day from the normal Friday market.

Held on a Wednesday in mid-March, 75 shorthorns sold for a total of £1964.

1875 saw the company move to larger premises at Caledonian Road and a sale on March 12th 1879 attracted the largest number of buyers including, for the first time, several from overseas. In the following years buyers from Canada, the US, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa attended the sales.

By 1892 the two breeds had separate sale dates: 286 Angus were sold on February 24th while 242 Shorthorns sold on March 2nd.

The Bull Sales became multi-breed affairs in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s with the rise of continental breeds of cattle.

The event moved from Perth’s Caledonian Road to the Perth Agricultural Centre in 1990 and in 2009 it moved to the Stirling Agricultural Centre where it remains one of the major events in the UK’s Beef Cattle calendar.

At the February Bull Sales, no less than 1150 pedigree bulls and females will be on show and sale. The event will be held from February 2nd and 3rd and will continue on February 16th and 17th at the Stirling Agricultural Centre. They are sponsored by Bank of Scotland.

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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:

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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UA strengthens Executive Team with six new Directors

United Auctions has strengthened its Executive Team with the appointment of six new Directors as part of the Company’s succession planning.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers have promoted Auctioneers David Brown, George Purves, John Roberts, Matt Stevenson and Donald Young to Group Sales Directors while Christopher Sharp becomes Administration Director.

The new team of Directors has a greater role and responsibility in shaping and achieving the strategic objectives of the Company.

Along with Donald Morrison, Area Managing Director for Argyll and the Islands, these appointments augment the existing experience already in place at senior level.

The new Directors will work alongside Group Joint Managing Directors Neil McLean and Robin Tough, and Executive Chairman David Leggat who have led the Company since completing an MBO in 2007.

Together, the new Executive Team represents some 170 years in agriculture.

UA’s Executive Chairman David Leggat said: “We’re pleased to see this experienced group joining the board to further strengthen the business going forward.

“It’s testament to how seriously we take our professional training and development programme that we’re able to look within the Company to find leadership talent with the right skills, contacts and knowledge at this level.”

In addition to their new executive duties, the team will continue their current remits.

David Brown and John Roberts deal with the commercial and pedigree cattle sales, including the prestigious Stirling Bull Sales.

George Purves and Matt Stevenson lead UA’s sheep sales with Mr Purves heading up Prime Sheep Sales and Mr Stevenson in charge of Store Sheep Sales while Donald Young manages the North of Scotland.

Christopher Sharp has a BA (Hons) in Business and heads up the Group’s admin function.

All the Directors are members of the Institute of Auctioneers and have completed the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme.

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Notes to editor

Photo caption: The new directors at United Auctions are (standing l-r) David Brown, Christopher Sharp, John Roberts, Donald Young; (sitting l-r) Matt Stevenson and George Purves.

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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Standing room only as £40k Blackie tup tops “electric” sale at Dalmally

United Auctions’ Annual Blackface Ram Sale at Dalmally Mart was “electric” on Saturday, October 11th as a top price of £40,000 was achieved in a ringside that was packed to the rafters.

The sale topper was from renowned breeder Ian Hunter, Dalchirla, Crieff – who bred the record-breaking £90,000 tup sold at Dalmally in 2010 – for his second shearling through the ring.

It went to three buyers J Wight & Sons of Midlock, M E McCall Smith of Connachan, Crieff and Troloss Farms, Elvanfoot.

Next best was £20,000 from E MacMillan, Lurg Farm, Fintry sold to J Wight & Sons of Midlock and CC MacArthur & Co, Nunnerie.

Nunnerie themselves topped the lamb ring to £16,000, selling four ways to JR MacGregor (Dyke) Ltd; Duncan MacGregor Ltd, Burnhead; HA Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Muirkirk and J Murray, Crossflat, Muirkirk.

Meanwhile Dalchirla made the second best lamb price of £14,000 bought by David Morrison, Dalwyne:

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Dalmally auctioneer for the West of Scotland, Peter Wood, who sold the top ram said: “It was an electric sale for Dalchirla, drawing a crowd packed to the rafters, both to bid and see how much the stock would fetch.”

The busy sale kicked off at 10am in the shearling ring with UA’s new auctioneer and Argyllshire son, Raymond Kennedy, starting proceedings in his dynamic style:

United Auctions, Dalmally, Ram Sale.By this point hungry farmers had already munched through 800 breakfast rolls while later they enjoyed fish and chips in the autumn sunshine and made good use of the marquee bar.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers sold 172 lambs to average £1021 (down £82 for 26 more sold) and 522 shearlings & aged rams to average £746 (down £38 to 37 more sold on the year).

Mr Wood added: “Overall, the quality of tups was of a high standard with good carcase sheep in great demand from start to finish for the full eight hours’ trading while smaller types were harder to cash.”

One local breeder who “got what he wanted” was John MacPherson of J & J MacPherson, Balliemeanoch, Dalmally. He was “delighted” when his first shearling through the ring fetched £5000 (pictured top), which was split three ways to S McClymont & Son, Tinnis, Selkirk,  Burncastle Farming Company, Burncastle, Lauder and  RF Lambie, Ashcraig, Selkirk and was “happy with the prices” for all stock forward in both rings.

John is the third of four generations of MacPhersons farming around 1600 Blackfaces on 6200 acres near Loch Awe. He now works with his son Alec and was watched on at the sale by his father Ian, who is retired. Ian inherited the farm from his father (Alec’s great grandfather) John MacPherson and remembers coming to the Dalmally sales as a teenager in the late 1940s.

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If you have any old photos of Dalmally Mart in action, please email them to oldphotos@uagroup.co.uk or post a copy to Dalmally Market Photo Appeal, United Auctions, Stirling Agricultural Centre, Stirling FK9 4RN, including any information about the photograph, your name and contact details.

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Pedigree cattle to shine at Stirling Bull Sales

The stage is being set at the Stirling Agricultural Centre for a cast and audience of thousands when the curtain goes up for the Stirling Bull Sales next week.

In the spotlight will be 809 pedigree bulls and females across nine breeds for Show and Sale from Monday October 20th to Wednesday October 22nd.

United Auctions hosts the three-day event, which is sponsored by leading independent property consultancy, CKD Galbraith for the eighth year.

One of the biggest dispersal sales in the recent history of the breed will take place when the Glenbuchat Angus herd go under the hammer on Monday 20th October, the first day of the event.

Former Scotland rugby captain David Sole of Glenbuchat Farms, Donside, Aberdeen is retiring from farming and selling his entire herd, totalling 96 lots, which he established in 2007.

The prestigious herd, which is part of the Hi Health scheme, has bred a Senior Champion Bull at February Bull Sales in 2012 and an Overall Champion Bull in this year’s one-day Bull Sale in May.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will welcome special guests over the first two days of the sales, including Stirling Council’s Provost, the Consulate-General of Japan and key industry players.

Keen-eyed spectators will also spot filming taking place as BBC On The Farm will be following Sybil and George MacPherson, one of the farming families being documented in the programme, to be broadcast in 2016.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of United Auctions, said: “The famous three-day Bull sale is the largest collective show and sale of pedigree cattle in the UK and we’re particularly enthusiastic at the quality coming forward. With entries from the leading herds across the home nations, the real stars are the cattle and the place will be buzzing as they take centre stage.”

Full catalogue details for the Sales are available on the Stirling Bull Sales’ page of UA’s website along with access to the sale ring’s live webcam. And UA’s Facebook page will share as-it-happens news and updates. Opportunities for photographs are available from Sunday.

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Judges

Aberdeen-Angus – Iain Mathers, Wardes, Kintore, INVERURIE

Beef Shorthorn – The Hon G Turton, The Grange, Upsall, THIRSK

Limousin – Colin Soutter, No 1 Whinfell Park, Brougham, PENRITH

Simmental – Peter Burgess, Tilbrook Farm, Lower Boddington, DAVENTRY

Charolais – Griff Morris, Mwche Farm, Llanstephan, CARMARTHEN

Show and Sale programme

Sunday 19th October
9 am Aberdeen Angus bull inspection
10 am Beef Shorthorn bull inspection
11 am Simmental bull inspection
1.30 pm Limousin bull inspection
Monday 20th October
8.30 am Show of Aberdeen Angus females followed by bulls
10.30 am Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls
12.30 pm Sale of Aberdeen Angus bulls (70) Beef Shorthorn bulls (35) & Herefords (3)
1 pm Show of Limousin females followed by bulls, followed by Salers
2 pm Sale of Aberdeen Angus females (108) including the disperal of the Glenbuchat herd (85)
3.30 pm Sale of Beef Shorthorn females (102)
5 pm Sale of Limousin bulls (103), Salers bulls (8), British Blue bulls (3), British Blonde bull (1) followed by Limousin females (18) & Salers females (7)
Tuesday 21st October
7 am Charolais bull inspection
8.30 am Show of Simmental females followed by bulls
1 pm Show of Charolais females followed by bulls
1 pm Sale of Simmental females (46)
2 pm Sale of Simmental bulls (141)
Wednesday 22nd October
11 am Sale of Charolais bulls (153) followed by females (12)

 

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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Stirlingshire farmer breaks UA’s Blackie Centre record second year in a row

Stirlingshire farmer Euan MacMillan of Lurg Farm, Fintry has set a new Centre record at United Auctions for a pen of Blackface draft ewes for the second year running.

The feat took place at UA’s sale of 8763 Blackface breeding sheep sale, at Stirling Agricultural Centre on Monday October 6th.

Mr MacMillan’s pen of 24 draft ewes sold for £700 per head, up £160 on his own record set last year. The buyer was Messrs Barclay of Harestone, Insch, Aberdeen (pictured top).

With the annual sale season for the pedigree sheep breed at its peak, buyers from across Scotland, Northern England, Wales and Northern Ireland also flocked to Stirling Agricultural Centre on Friday October 3rd and Saturday October 4th for UA’s annual Blackface Ram Show and Sale, respectively.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers runs the event across two rings – one for ‘Stirling’ or South-type Blackfaces and one for ‘Perth’ or North-type Blackfaces, run by Perth Ram Society.

Leading the sales was an £11,000 South-type ram lamb from M/s Wood & Hunter, Dalchirla, Crieff selling to Troloss Farms, Elvanfoot and Mary McCall Smith, Connachan, Crieff while the top shearling went for £10,000 to A Paton & Co, Craig, Straiton from J Macgregor (Dyke) Ltd, Dyke, Kilsyth.

In the Stirling ring, 167 ram lambs averaged £815 (up £80 for eight more sold) and 563 Shearlings averaged £729 (up £99 on the year for 25 more sold).

Meanwhile, the North-type entries traded to a top of £9,000 and averages in the Perth ring were £742 for 152 shearlings sold (up £124 on the year for the same number sold) and £504 for 49 lambs (down £319 for four more sold).

At Friday’s Show, Stirling Council’s Provost Mike Robbins presented the James Brown Memorial Trophy to the Champion Ram Lamb winner David Baillie, Calla, Lanark and the City of Perth Trophy went to Sandy Smith at Haughton, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire for the Champion Shearling, which also made Best Sheep in the Yard. _MG_3847   Saturday’s sale day also saw the presentation of an RHASS long service award to Shepherd Jimmy Michie to celebrate 50 years’ at Drumardoch. 3_JMichie_LongServiceRHASS Matt Stevenson, sales manager and auctioneer at UA said: “With the demand for stronger tups it was great to see that overall strength and substance in the pens was markedly improved, which resulted in trade being up.”

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Photo captions: Provost presentation –  (L-R) Steven Duncan, Ram Lamb judge; Shepherd Tom Dunn for Calla with Champion Ram Lamb; Provost Mike Robbins; Donald Main, Championship Judge; Phillip Smith, Haughton with Champion Shearling and Shearling Judge David Nicoll. Courtesy of MacGregor Photography.

Long service award -  (L-R) G A Cameron, owner of Drumardoch with Shepherd Jimmy Michie being presented with his long service award by UA’s Robin Tough on behalf of the RHASS. Courtesy of Whyler Photos.