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More investment at Dalmally Mart

United Auctions is undertaking a major upgrade of the roof and parking facilities at Dalmally auction mart.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers is improving the roof over the main sale ring at the centre, while the car park is being upgraded and extended to accommodate more vehicles on busy sale days.

Dalmally mart is recognised as a principle market for the procurement of store cattle and lambs, breeding cattle and sheep as well one of the main centres for the well-known Blackface Ram Sales. It also provides an essential facility for marketing stock from the islands, which is supplemented by facilities at Oban, including livestock trailers to ferry animals to and from the islands and an overnight lairage facility for animals being transported to the Dalmally sales.

The improvements are the latest in a series of investments at the centre, which include a new sale ring, metal pens, upgraded concrete resurfacing, a new washing system and weighing equipment as well as a new kitchen and eatery, since UA purchased it in September 2007.

Donald Morrison, UA’s Area Managing Director for Argyll and the Islands, said: “The continued investment at Dalmally reflects the very important role it plays in the area. In addition, we’ve recently introduced Peter Wood as the ‘Dalmally man’ responsible for the sales.

“Once the scaffolding is down and the upgrades are complete, we’re looking forward to welcoming more breeders to the mart and a further increase in throughput this autumn.”

Peter Wood, Assistant Manager, said: “I’m delighted to be the dedicated contact for Dalmally. After spending seven years in Aberdeenshire, I’ve made lots of contacts and have a good working knowledge of the country to attract clients to Dalmally.”

The upgrades will be completed in time for Dalmally’s principle spring sale of grazing cattle with an entry of some 400 cattle on 3 May.


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

Notes to editor

About United Auctions – www.uagroup.co.uk

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 (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.

Dalchirla 90k low

UA achieves record £90,000 for Blackface shearling

Online press coverage below

United Auctions (UA) set a new company and breed record of £90,000 last Saturday (9 October) at Dalmally Mart’s Annual Blackface Ram Sale.

Auctioneer George Purves sold a Blackface shearling by breeder Ian Hunter of Dalchirla, Crieff before a silent, packed ringside that ended in a round of applause.

Saturday’s price smashed the previous breed record of £85,000 in 1997 at Lanark, also set by Mr Hunter.

The record-breaking shearling was bought by a consortium of three breeders, Alastair MacArthur, of Nunneries with John Wight & Sons of Midlock and Mary McCall Smith of Connachan.

UA’s Joint Managing Director Robin Tough said: “This new record price is one for the history books and we’re delighted to be part of it. While other industries are struggling it shows there is still a lot of confidence in agriculture.

He added: “It was a tremendous sale with level trade throughout and one of the highest ever clearances. The averages were up significantly on last year, benefitting the producers who attended.”

Press & Journal, 11 October 2010

Farmers Weekly: Taking Stock, 11 October 2010

Blackface Sheep Breeders Association, 9 October 2010

The Scottish Farmer, 11 October 2010

Stirling Observer, 22 October 2010