With a total of 1169 pedigree bulls and females on the road to Stirling for the Spring Bull Sales next week, the event welcomes some bumper breed entries and the first-time auction of Japanese Wagyu embryos.
The action takes place at United Auctions’ (UA’s) Stirling Agricultural Centre across two weeks from Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th February and from Monday 18th to Tuesday 19th February 2013.
The Stirling Bull Sales, held under the auspices of the national breed societies and supported by the Bank of Scotland, has a new format. The native breeds plus Limousins will be exhibited in week one with the rest of the continental breeds featuring in week two.
David Leggat, Executive Chairman of UA, said: “The sale promises a fantastic show for quality with bulls to suit to every pocket. Virtually all the bulls have both EBV information and herd health status in the catalogues to help buyers with their choice.”
Included in the event are 180 Limousin bulls, making it the biggest entry of the breed in the history of the Sales.
At 93 entries, the Shorthorn bulls are at their largest numbers since the 1960s.
And after two decades, the Bull Sales will also see enough Herefords to enable show classes.
In a first of its kind for the event, a customer is offering for sale 18 pure Wagyu embryos from a local, recently established herd.
Husband and wife team Mohsin and Martine Al-Tajir run the Japanese breed, which produces the most expensive beef in the world, under their company Highland Wagyu based at Blackford Farms in Dunblane.
Mr Leggat continued: “We believe the sale of these Wagyu embryos is the first time that such genetic material will be offered in Scotland via auction and we’re pleased to support Highland Wagyu in this way.”
Full catalogue details for the Sales are available on the pedigree page of UA’s website along with access to the sale ring’s live webcam.
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NOTES TO EDITOR
Aberdeen Angus – Angus Stovold, Lydling Farm, Shackleford, Godalming GU8 6AP
Beef Shorthorn – Friar Thomson, 10 Ivy Road, Whitehills, Forfar DD8 3EG
Limousin – William McLaren, Muirhouses, Kirriemuir DD8 4QG
British Blue – Ian Wainwright, Todhall Farm, Dairsie, Cupar KY15 4RQ
Salers – Ian Bell, Hallbankgate Farm, Brampton CA8 2NJ
Simmental – Iain Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers IV32 7NN
Charolais – Charlie Boden, Mellor Hall Farm, Mellor, Stockport SK6 5LR
Hereford – Phil Allman, Amberley Court, Sutton St Nicholas HR1 3BX
Show and sale programme
|Sunday 3rd February|
|8.30 am||Aberdeen Angus bull inspection|
|1 pm||Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Hereford bulls|
|Monday 4th February|
|8 am||Show of Aberdeen Angus females followed by bulls|
|1.30 pm||Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls followed by show of Hereford Bulls|
|3 pm||Collective sale of Aberdeen Angus females (53) followed by the sale of Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorn and Wagyu embryos|
|4 pm||(Or after judging) Collective sale of Beef Shorthorn females (35)|
|Tuesday 5th February|
|10.30 am||Sale of Aberdeen Angus bulls (232)|
|2 pm||Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (93) followed by Luing (1) & Hereford bulls (10)|
|3.30 pm||Limousin inspection|
|Wednesday 6th February|
|8 am||Show of Limousin females followed by bulls|
|1 pm||Sale of Limousin bulls (180) followed by Limousin females (2)|
|Sunday 17th February|
|9 am||Simmental bull inspection|
|12 noon||Inspection of Salers, British Blue & Blonde d’Aquitaine bulls|
|12.30 pm||Charolais bull inspection|
|4 pm||Show of Salers bulls followed by females followed by British Blue bulls|
|5 pm||Show of Simmental females|
|Monday 18th February|
|8 am||Show of Simmental bulls|
|12 noon||Sale of Salers bulls (18) followed by females (7) followed by British Blue bulls (9) followed by Blonde d’Aquitaine bulls (2)|
|12 noon||Show of Charolais females followed by bulls|
|1 pm||Sales of Simmental females (46)|
|2 pm||Sale of Simmental bulls (200)|
|Tuesday 19th February|
|10.30 am||Sale of Charolais bulls (262) followed by Charolais females (26)|
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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.