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

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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’.