February Bull Sales: new format for shows and sales

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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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