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UA launches £500,000 fund for new entrant farmers

United Auctions (UA) are launching their own loan scheme to help young farmers start up in livestock farming today (Tuesday, June 18th 2013).

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers have secured the £500,000 fund as part of their long-standing livestock financing arrangement with Bank of Scotland.

It will address one of the key barriers to entry to agriculture by providing the chance for new entrants to access much-needed finance at start-up for purchasing livestock.

The loan can then be repaid with the sale of the animals.

UA’s initiative was inspired by and intends to complement the Scottish Government’s new entrants’ scheme, which aims to work with industry to lower barriers to entry and get more young people working in the food and farming sectors.

And the company has already provided support for two new entrants who were successful in gaining starter farm tenancies through the Forestry Commission Scotland’s Starter Unit Initiative.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of UA, said: “It’s crucial to invest in the next generation of farmers as a priority. This new fund allows us to play our part in making it easier for talented, young people to gain access to capital and start a career in livestock farming.”

Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead MSP, said: “New and young farmers are key to the future of the industry in Scotland. We need their enthusiasm, new ideas and fresh approach to compliment the great work that already goes on within the sector.

“The rural economy is crucial to Scotland and the Scottish Government is committed to attracting more young people into agriculture. I welcome United Auctions’ announcement, they are clearly backing up their words with action. I hope this encourages other businesses to do the same. This funding will complement the £2 million package of support that I have provided and will help new entrants establish a sound footing in the industry.”


George Lyon MEP said: “Securing support for new entrants and young farmers has been at the centre of our negotiations on the future CAP in Brussels over the last six weeks and we are making good progress in securing a substantive package of financial support to help get more young people into our industry.

“United Auctions are to be congratulated on their new scheme, which will provide a financial leg up to young farmers trying to buy breeding stock.”

He continued: “Ensuring that new entrants get access to vital financial support such as this is essential to the future of Scotland’s farming industry.”


Nigel Miller, President of NFU Scotland said: UA’s bold initiative has broken through one of the growing barriers that lock new entrants out of farming. The finance package for funding livestock creates an exciting new opportunity for our future farmers to establish and grow and can breathe new life into the sector.”




Issued on behalf of United Auctions by JK Consultancy. For further information please contact:

Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com


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

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Stirling Bull Sales Medal

United Auctions introduces new Judge’s Medal by Iona Crawford at Stirling Bull Sales

United Auctions (UA) have commissioned one of Scotland’s most exciting artist designers to create an exclusive medal for Judges in honour of the first, official Stirling Bull Sales.

Iona Crawford, who is originally from Stirling and works internationally as an artist and fashion designer, was specially commissioned by Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers to design the medal, which commemorates the Judges’ important role in the national event.

The Stirling Bull Sales will take place at UA’s Stirling Agricultural Centre from Monday October 22nd to Wednesday October 24th 2012 with 875 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale.

Iona Crawford grew up at Craigend Farm near Stirling, which is still worked by her parents Willie and Evelyn.

After graduating with a first class honours from Edinburgh College of Art she has gone on to establish an international reputation as a designer, working within both the fashion and luxury interiors industries. Drawing inspiration from the beauty and diversity of the Scottish countryside, Iona’s painterly practice is stimulated by her artistic impression of her surrounds.

In September of this year she spent time in New York, exhibiting during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Home Fashion Market Week and the Hamptons Fashion Weekend. After a brief few days back in Glasgow, Iona flew out to Chicago where she was invited to represent Scotland as part of a cultural trade delegation during the Ryder Cup.

Moulded in antique gold each of the 60mm diametermedals depicts the head and shoulders of a champion bull – complete with a rosette – against a backdrop of Stirling’s iconic landscape, including the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle, the Craigforth Crag and Dumyat leading down to the Rivers Teith and Forth, which converge near the Agricultural Centre.

The medals will be presented to each of the seven Judges in a handcrafted Bury Elm wood box lined with green tweed. Each Judge’s name will be engraved on the reverse of the medal alongside the month and date of the Sales.

Neil McLean, UA’s Group Joint Managing Director who led on the project, said: “The introduction of the Judge’s Medal is an important new feature for the Stirling Bull Sales and, as far as we’re aware, is the first of its kind. It is a mark of respect for the Judges and their considerable knowledge, experience and skill.

“It’s been a real pleasure working with Iona on this project. Her passion for what she does is infectious and we’re delighted with the design, which perfectly tells the story of the Stirling Bull Sales.”

Iona Crawford said: “Whilst work dictates that I often travel internationally to promote my brand, at heart I am a Stirling farmer’s daughter and enjoy returning regularly to help out at Craigend and to hear what’s new on the farm.

“I have developed a deep love and fondness for the agricultural way of life which will never leave me, so I was honoured and delighted to be invited to design these unique medals.”

Stirling Bull Sales’ highlights

The Autumn Sales sees the largest entry of Beef Shorthorn heifers forward to date at the Autumn event – 122 in total will go under the hammer on Monday October 22nd.

On the same day, there will be a major reduction of the high-achieving Mosston Muir herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus from Tom and Joyce Rennie of Forfar, which has won the Walker Shortbread Trophy seven times.

To mark the close of the Charolais Cattle Society’s Golden Anniversary year, Michel Baudot

President of Herd Book Charolais, will be welcomed from Magny-Cours in Central France to judge the Charolais entries on Tuesday October 23rd.  He will be the first Charolais Judge to receive the new Judge’s Medal.

In addition, two charity auctions of paintings will take place during the Sales with two paintings of Beef Shorthorn cattle raising funds for the Strathcarron Hospice while the RSABI will be supported by the auction of two further paintings of bulls and a part-set of Aberdeen Angus Herd Books.

The agricultural charity will also have a trade stand at the Sales to raise funds for their support services.

David Leggat, UA’s Executive Chairman, said: “We’re delighted with the number and quality of entries on show and sale for the Stirling Bull Sales.

“Working with the breed societies, we strive to improve animal health and we’re proud that virtually all cattle entered have a health status declaration detailed in the catalogues.”

Mr Leggat continued: “We’re particularly pleased to have the continued support of our long-standing sponsors of the October event CKD Galbraith, whose National Farm Sales Office is based at the Centre and with whom we work closely on a number of projects.”

Full catalogue details for the Sales are available on the pedigree page of UA’s website www.uagroup.co.uk along with access to the live webcam.



  • Medals will be presented to each Judge at a private lunch or dinner following their respective show.
  • Opportunities for photographs of the event are available from Sunday October 21.st


Aberdeen Angus – Wanda Hobbs, 5 Wedderlie Cottages, Gordon TD3 6NW

Beef Shorthorn – David Scarth, Twatt Farm, Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LN

Limousin – Steven Priestley, Cracrop, Kirkcambeck, Brampton CA8 2BW

British Blue – Kenneth Veitch, Drumlone, Lisbellaw, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland BT94 5PN

Salers – Graham McClymont, Cuil, Palnure, Newton Stewart DG8 6BL

Simmental – Harold Stubbs, Derrycallaghan, Crummy, Lisnakea BT92 0PJ

Charolais – Michel Baudot, Agropole Du Marault, 58470 Magny-Cours, France

Show and Sale programme

Sunday 21st October
08.30 Aberdeen Angus bull inspection
10.00 Beef Shorthorn bull inspection
10.30 Limousin bull inspection followed by British Blues
12.00 Simmental bull inspection
14.30 Charolais bull inspection
Monday 22nd October
08.00 Show of Aberdeen Angus females followed by bulls
10.30 Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls
12.30 Sale of Aberdeen Angus bulls (88) & Beef Shorthorn bulls (27)
13.00 Show of Limousin females & Limousin bulls followed by Salers & British Blue bulls
14.30 Sale of Aberdeen Angus females (108)
16.00 Sale of Beef Shorthorn females (126)
17.00 Sale of Limousin bulls (115), Salers bulls (9), British Blue bulls (5) & Blonde (3), followed by Limousin females (10) & Salers females (16)
Tuesday 23rd October
08.00 Show of Simmental females followed by bulls
13.00 Show of Charolais females followed by bulls
13.30 Sale of Simmental females (25)
14.00 Sale of Simmental bulls (139)
Wednesday 24th October
10.30 Sale of Charolais bulls (172) followed by females (32)

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.

Issued on behalf of United Auctions by JK Consultancy. For further information please contact:

United Auctions – Jenny Kumar, JK Consultancy on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com

Iona Crawford – Colin Grant, Spectrum PR on 07411 697666 or colin.grant@spectrumpr.co.uk


CKD Galbraith launch Central Scotland ‘hub’

CKD Galbraith’s new Central Scotland rural ‘hub’ is to be officially opened by Stirling Council’s former Provost, Bailie Colin O’Brien tonight. (Tuesday, September 13th 2011).

The rural team at Scotland’s leading independent property consultants relocated to the Stirling Agricultural Centre from Glasgow in the summer to allow for significant expansion of its rural, agricultural and agency services.

Currently staffed by 22 personnel, the team provides comprehensive property services to the agricultural and rural sectors.

A new national Farm Sales office now operates from the Centre, which is also United Auctions’ (UA’s) headquarters, with whom the firm has a four-year alliance.

In addition to farm sales and purchases, the rural team specialises in the management and sale of estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.

Bailie Colin O’Brien will officially declare the new office open for business before an expected audience of 150 clients, staff, elected members and the local business community. He said: “On behalf of the Council, I welcome the opening of this new office with its diverse range of rural services that complements the role of the Centre and Stirling’s place at the heart of Scotland’s agricultural industry.”

James Galbraith, Chairman of CKD Galbraith, said: “We’re delighted to officially launch our new office in the Stirling Agricultural Centre. It’s a vibrant market place for the farming community, ideally located in the centre of Scotland, which affords us easy access and proximity to all our clients and our other offices across the country.

“We have watched as UA has developed its business at Stirling, making it the mart of choice for a very large number of livestock farmers. The high throughput of stock brings a large number of farmers to the Centre and provides us with great opportunity for vital face-to-face contact with clients and other contacts at the weekly sales.”

David Leggat MBE, Executive Chairman of UA, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers, said: “We’re pleased to welcome CKD Galbraith’s new rural office, which strengthens the proposition of our Agricultural Centre. Importantly, our customers now have instant access to the alliance, a benefit which has already seen a number of farms coming onto the market.”

CKD Galbraith is Scotland’s most comprehensive independent property consultancy with 12 main offices across the country.


Notes to Editor
Images will be available after the event, which starts at 5.30pm for 6pm.

About CKD Galbraith – www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk
CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs more than 180 people in offices in Stirling, Edinburgh, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

The firm provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work. CKD Galbraith’s in-house AMC (Agricultural Mortgage Corporation) agents assist in securing loans for a range of farming purposes with the specialist team offering a competitive service to assist clients with applications for IACS, SRDP, Rural Stewardship Schemes, SNH Natural Care Scheme and SSSI Agreements.

For further information on this event, please contact Jenny Kumar of JK Consultancy on 07989 557198 or email jenny@jkconsultancy.com