The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs is set to take part in a public question and answer session with farmers on the first day of the Stirling Bull Sales (Monday 3rd February).
Richard Lochhead MSP will be guest of honour at the national event, which runs from Monday 3rd February to Tuesday 4th February and continues on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th February at Stirling Agricultural Centre.
As well as viewing the show and sale, Mr Lochhead will host a question and answer session on Monday afternoon, giving farmers attending the event the chance to ask him questions about key agricultural issues, including CAP reform.
The Spring Bull Sales will offer 1004 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale over the two-week event. Run under the auspices of the breed societies, the Stirling Bull Sales are hosted by United Auctions and sponsored by Bank of Scotland.
A new feature introduced by the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society this February is the Parade of Pairs of Bulls on Sunday 2nd, which aims to show off the stock and forms part of the buyers’ research in choosing the right bull at the sale on the following Tuesday.
Stirlingshire visitors will also recognise well-known local farmer Fraser Sangster of Buchlyvie who is judging the Hereford bulls at the pre-sale show on Monday 3rd February.
And the new, condensed format in week one this year will provide a wide range of bulls for sale on a single day, improving the choice for buyers and helping save time and expense for buyers and exhibitors alike.
David Leggat, executive chairman at UA, said: “The compact format in the first week will suit the buying public down to the ground. It’s not many agricultural shows that can offer access to 370 of the best pedigree bulls for sale in the country in one day.
“The Sales are a terrific forum for agriculture so we’re delighted to facilitate a Q&A with the minister for our customers and very pleased to welcome Provost of Stirling Mike Robbins as a special guest on Tuesday 4th February.”
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Notes to Editor:
Aberdeen-Angus – Ian Campbell, Thrunton Farm, Whittingham, ALNWICK NE66 4RZ
Beef Shorthorn – Geoff Riby, Low Stonehills Farm, Fraisthorpe, BRIDLINGTON YO15 3QR
British Blue – Ian McGarva, Nether Abington, Abington, BIGGAR ML12 6SE
Charolais – Roy Milne, Kennieshillock, Lhanbryde, ELGIN IV30 3LJ
Hereford - Fraser Sangster, Badenkep, Buchlyvie, STIRLING FK8 3NT
Limousin – Gary Oag, Brims Mains, THURSO KW14 7XL
Salers – Andrew Sleigh, Newseat of Tolquhon, Tarves, ELLON AB41 7LP
Simmental – John Rixon, Lopemede Farm, THAME OX9 3SH
Show and sale programme
|Sunday 2nd February|
|9am||Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection|
|11.30am||Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Hereford bulls|
|Parade of pairs of Aberdeen-Angus bulls – time to be confirmed|
|Monday 3rd February|
|8am||Show of Aberdeen-Angus females followed by bulls|
|1pm||Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by Beef Shorthorn bulls and Hereford bulls|
|3pm||Collective sale of Aberdeen-Angus females (28)|
|4pm||Collective sale of Beef Shorthorn females (57)|
|Tuesday 4th February|
|9am||Show of Limousin females followed by bulls|
|10.30am||Sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls (149)|
|1pm||Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (98) followed by Luing (1) & Hereford bulls (10)|
|2.30pm||Sale of Limousin bulls (112) followed by females (12)|
|Sunday 16th February|
|9am||Simmental bull inspection|
|12 noon||Inspection of Salers, British Blue bulls|
|12.30pm||Charolais bull inspection|
|4pm||Show of Salers bulls followed by femailes followed by British Blue bulls|
|5pm||Show of Simmental females|
|Monday 17th February|
|8am||Show of Simmental bulls|
|12 noon||Sale of Salers bulls (11) followed by females (5) followed by British Blue bulls (7)|
|12 noon||Show of Charolais females followed by bulls|
|1pm||Sale of Simmental females (55)|
|1.30pm||Sale of Simmental bulls (175)|
|Tuesday 18th February|
|10.30am||Sale of Charolais bulls (233) followed by females (36)|
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