Miss Scotland, Ellie McKeating, is set to visit her first ever livestock sale when she attends Dalmally Mart next week.
United Auctions will welcome Miss McKeating to their Annual Show and Sale of around 6000 Cross Bred and Blackface Wedder Lambs and Feeding Sheep on Saturday, September 13th, 2014.
The visit to one of Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers’ important facility in the west, will form part of Miss McKeating’s induction to the industry in her role as a “Lambassador”, supporting Quality Meat Scotland’s ongoing promotion activities behind Scotch Lamb.
Miss McKeating has been meeting with farmers to learn more about the industry and the stockmanship skills involved in sheep farming and also took part in Scotch Lamb sampling events around the country during Love Scotch Lamb Weekend (August 23rd and 24th).
During her visit, Miss McKeating will experience the market system first-hand at the ringside, meet farmers from Argyll and the islands and view the quality livestock on offer before presenting the James Weir Memorial Trophy for the best pen of Blackface lambs.
Ellie McKeating, who was crowned Miss Scotland in May 2014, said: “I’m really looking forward to speaking to the farmers at my first market visit, seeing the livestock and learning more about where our wonderful Scotch Lamb comes from.”
Donald Morrison, Area Managing Director for Argyll and the Islands said: “We’re pleased to welcome Miss Scotland to Dalmally in what will be a strong line-up of top quality stock going through the mart. We’re looking ahead to a busy season of sales with the tup sale and calf sale in October so it’s a great introduction to the industry and particularly the west of Scotland.”
Auctioneer for the West of Scotland, Peter Wood said: “It’s great that Miss McKeating’s visit is highlighting the essential part that Dalmally plays in the area and I’m sure that she’ll enjoy the drama of the sale ring.”
Issued by JK Consultancy on behalf of United Auctions. For further information, please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editor
- Picture caption: Ellie McKeating, Miss Scotland, in a Scotch Lamb branded dress.
- 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’.