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New generation buy out United Auctions

United Auctions is pleased to announce a Management Buy Out of the Company on Wednesday 1st February 2017.

A management consortium, comprising George Purves, John Roberts, Christopher Sharp and Donald Young, backed by fellow Directors David Brown, Donald Morrison and Matt Stevenson, has agreed terms to acquire the entire issued share capital of Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers for an undisclosed sum.

The deal includes all auction markets within the Group, including the property holding at Stirling Agricultural Centre.

The seven strong team assuming operational responsibility for the business was announced in August 2016 as part of the Group’s succession planning programme.

George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions, said: “This is a big step in the evolution and continued planned progression of the Company and we are deeply proud to be sharing the responsibility of taking the business forward for the next generation.”

Former owners Robin Tough, Neil McLean and David Leggat, who stood down from the management team in December 2016, will each continue to have non-executive, advisory roles with the Company.

Outgoing Executive Chairman David Leggat said: “We feel that this is the right time for us to take a step back and allow the next generation to take the business forward. We have the utmost faith and belied that the next team will continue to build upon the foundations and success the business has had to date.”

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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

Legal and financial advice is being handled by Burness Paull and Johnston Carmichael, respectively. The buyout is being funded by HSBC Corporate, Scotland.

Photo: United Auctions’ new owners (l-r) John Roberts, George Purves, Christopher Sharp and Donald Young.

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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Super-size entry at Autumn Bull Sales

856 Pedigree bulls and females on show and sale

United Auctions is set to host a super-sized Autumn Bull Sales as they welcome 856 pedigree beef bulls and females on show and sale at Stirling Agricultural Centre.

This year Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers are holding the October Bull Sales over four days – from Sunday 16th to Wednesday 19th October 2016 – to accommodate a particularly busy programme.

Sunday judging of the Aberdeen-Angus and Beef Shorthorn breeds, introduced last year, will continue this year with sales taking place the following day on Monday, 17th October.

The Autumn Bull Sales are sponsored by independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith.

A highlight at this year’s Sales will be four prestigious dispersals of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus, Charolais and Simmental females.

One of the most significant Aberdeen-Angus sales staged in the recent history of the breed will take place on Monday afternoon as the sale of the Spring calving portion of the renowned Blelack herd from Graeme and Neil Massie goes under the hammer. The Blelack herd has produced no less than 13 champions at the Bull Sales – a record unsurpassed by any herd. The attractive catalogue of cattle features 75 lots of cows with calves at foot. Many of these cows have already produced bulls, which have featured at the Bull Sales.

The afternoon of Tuesday 18th October sees the dispersal of the Massie family’s Blelack pedigree Charolais with 90 lots forward, including many cows with Spring-born calves at foot. The herd has consistently achieved top prices and averages at the Bull Sales.

This will be followed by the dispersal of the Angus-based Guthrie herd from the Murray family with 17 lots of Charolais females on offer.

Meanwhile, the dispersal of the entire Spring calving portion of the Woodhall herd, comprising 55 lots, from Hector Macaskill will be held on Tuesday morning. This herd of Simmentals was established in 1976 and has been a consistent source of top class pedigree and commercial stud bulls.

David Brown, Sales Director and Auctioneer at UA, who will be in the rostrum for all four dispersals said: “These sales are a unique opportunity for buyers to source highly productive and successful bloodlines. The majority of the lots are cows sold with really promising calves at foot with most of the cows having been re-served with selected bulls. This is a rare set of sales offering an excellent choice for buyers.”

John Roberts, Sales Director and Auctioneer at UA said: “With 450 beef bulls forward from eight different breeds, including the largest entry of Charolais bulls for a number of years, the quality of pedigree livestock on offer at the October sales is just tremendous.”

In addition, the October Bull Sales will include a charity auction on Sunday 16th October at 5pm for the Doreen Cormack Stem Cell Fund. This special auction will help raise funds towards Doreen’s Stem Cell treatment for MS at a specialist clinic in Mexico next February.

More than 70 lots, including livestock, embryos, semen, special prizes and sporting experiences, have been kindly donated to help the Angus breeder meet her fundraising target of £50,000. Two of the UK’s leading herds have been generous in offering livestock lots. The opening lot is from the Davidson family who donated the pick of their Skaill herd. Doreen and Alistair recently travelled to Orkney and selected three-year-old cow Skaill Tibbie N812 who comes with her promising second calf at foot, Skaill Tibbie S545.

The second lot is a choice of an in-calf heifer from the entire Wedderlie herd run by the Tilson family in the Borders. The 200-cow Wedderlie herd celebrated its centenary in 2014 and Wedderlie genetics have been used in the foundation of eminent herds over the years.

A dedicated catalogue is available on the UA website and telephone bids are accepted on the day.

Full catalogue details for the Sales will be also available on the Stirling Bull Sales’ page of UA’s website along with access to the sale ring’s live webcam. Opportunities for photographs are available from Sunday.

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Issued by JK Consultancy on behalf of United Auctions. For further information, please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989557198 / jenny@jkconsultancy.com

Notes to editor

Judges

Aberdeen-Angus – Robin Orr, Halbeath Farm, Dunfermline

Beef Shorthorn – Sally Horrell, Podehole Farm, Thorney, Peterborough

Limousin – Jonathan Aiken, 82 Corbally Road, Carnew, Dromara, Dromore

Simmental – Vikki Wood, Popes Farm, Longridge Road, Dutton, Preston

Charolais – Bob Adam, Newhouse of Glamis, Glamis, Forfar

 

SHOW AND SALE PROGRAMME

Sunday 16 October

8.30am                        Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection

9.30am                        Beef Shorthorn bull inspection

10am                           Simmental bull inspection

12 noon                       Charolais bull inspection

1.30pm                        Show of Aberdeen-Angus bulls followed by females

3pm                             Limousin bull inspection followed by Salers, British Blonde and Luing bulls

3pm                             Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls, followed by parade of Luing

5pm                             Doreen’s Stem Cell Fund – charity auction

 

Monday 17 October

8am                             Show of Limousin females followed by bulls followed by parade of Salers & British

Blonde bulls

10.30am                      Sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls (45) followed by Beef Shorthorn bulls (19) and Luing (2)

12 noon                       Sale of Aberdeen-Angus females (101) including dispersal of the adult portion of the

Blelack herd (75)

12.30pm                      Show of Simmental females followed by bulls

1.30pm                        Sale of Limousin bulls (78) followed by Salers (8) and British Blonde (2) bulls, followed by Limousin (16) and Salers (5) females

2.30pm                        Sale of Beef Shorthorn females (79)

 

Tuesday 18 October

9am                             Show of Charolais females followed by bulls

10.30am                      Sale of Simmental females (77) including dispersal of the entire spring-calving portion

of the Woodhall

herd (55)

1pm                             Sale of Simmental bulls (132)

3pm                             Sale of Charolais females (130) including dispersals of the Blelack herd (89) and

Guthrie herd (17)

Wednesday 19 October

10.30am                      Sale of Charolais bulls (165)

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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Stirlingshire farmer breaks UA’s Blackie Centre record second year in a row

Stirlingshire farmer Euan MacMillan of Lurg Farm, Fintry has set a new Centre record at United Auctions for a pen of Blackface draft ewes for the second year running.

The feat took place at UA’s sale of 8763 Blackface breeding sheep sale, at Stirling Agricultural Centre on Monday October 6th.

Mr MacMillan’s pen of 24 draft ewes sold for £700 per head, up £160 on his own record set last year. The buyer was Messrs Barclay of Harestone, Insch, Aberdeen (pictured top).

With the annual sale season for the pedigree sheep breed at its peak, buyers from across Scotland, Northern England, Wales and Northern Ireland also flocked to Stirling Agricultural Centre on Friday October 3rd and Saturday October 4th for UA’s annual Blackface Ram Show and Sale, respectively.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers runs the event across two rings – one for ‘Stirling’ or South-type Blackfaces and one for ‘Perth’ or North-type Blackfaces, run by Perth Ram Society.

Leading the sales was an £11,000 South-type ram lamb from M/s Wood & Hunter, Dalchirla, Crieff selling to Troloss Farms, Elvanfoot and Mary McCall Smith, Connachan, Crieff while the top shearling went for £10,000 to A Paton & Co, Craig, Straiton from J Macgregor (Dyke) Ltd, Dyke, Kilsyth.

In the Stirling ring, 167 ram lambs averaged £815 (up £80 for eight more sold) and 563 Shearlings averaged £729 (up £99 on the year for 25 more sold).

Meanwhile, the North-type entries traded to a top of £9,000 and averages in the Perth ring were £742 for 152 shearlings sold (up £124 on the year for the same number sold) and £504 for 49 lambs (down £319 for four more sold).

At Friday’s Show, Stirling Council’s Provost Mike Robbins presented the James Brown Memorial Trophy to the Champion Ram Lamb winner David Baillie, Calla, Lanark and the City of Perth Trophy went to Sandy Smith at Haughton, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire for the Champion Shearling, which also made Best Sheep in the Yard. _MG_3847   Saturday’s sale day also saw the presentation of an RHASS long service award to Shepherd Jimmy Michie to celebrate 50 years’ at Drumardoch. 3_JMichie_LongServiceRHASS Matt Stevenson, sales manager and auctioneer at UA said: “With the demand for stronger tups it was great to see that overall strength and substance in the pens was markedly improved, which resulted in trade being up.”

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Photo captions: Provost presentation –  (L-R) Steven Duncan, Ram Lamb judge; Shepherd Tom Dunn for Calla with Champion Ram Lamb; Provost Mike Robbins; Donald Main, Championship Judge; Phillip Smith, Haughton with Champion Shearling and Shearling Judge David Nicoll. Courtesy of MacGregor Photography.

Long service award -  (L-R) G A Cameron, owner of Drumardoch with Shepherd Jimmy Michie being presented with his long service award by UA’s Robin Tough on behalf of the RHASS. Courtesy of Whyler Photos.

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New era for Charollais Sheep Society as premier sale moves to Stirling Agricultural Centre

Stirling Agricultural Centre is to become the new home for the premier sale of Charollais sheep as the Society marks a new era for the breed.

United Auctions have been appointed the new auctioneers of the number one terminal sire for easy lambing, with the Scottish premier sale to be held on Wednesday, July 16th at the Stirling Agricultural Centre.

Having previously been held at Lanark for 25 years, the premier sale has been brought forward from August to align better with breeders’ needs.

It will be re-established and developed from Stirling with the introduction of two further sales, which will take place on Friday, September 19th for male and female Charollais sheep and Saturday, November 15th for in-lamb females.

Jonathan Barber, Chief Executive of British Charollais Sheep Society, which is also the number two terminal sire in the UK, said: “The move to Stirling represents a new era for us, in which we aim to create a strong central location in Scotland for Charollais, enabling our fellow breeders and commercial farmers in Scotland, northern England and further afield to buy high quality sheep.

“We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with United Auctions for a long time and Scottish breeders have enthusiastically supported the move.”

George Purves, Sales Manager and Auctioneer at United Auctions, who is based at the Agricultural Centre and facilitated the move, said: “We’re delighted to be conducting the premier sale of Charollais sheep. It will be the first sale in Scotland for elite lambs to be used on the pedigree sheep and an opportunity for breeders to buy stud sheep at the right time.”

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

Notes to editor

Picture caption: (l-r) Bruce Irvine, Charollais’ North Scotland Chairman; Tom Sands, Charollais breeder; George Purves, United Auctions and James Andrew, Charollais’ South Scotland Chairman at Tom Sands’ Southfield Farm, Inchture in Perthshire.

About United Auctions – http://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.

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Sheep get rock ‘n’ roll treatment in music video at Stirling Agricultural Centre

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Blackface sheep are the unlikely new stars of a music video from British indie rock band, Mazes.

The black and white, three-minute video was filmed in early October at the height of the season for the pedigree sheep breed at United Auctions’ Stirling Agricultural Centre.

It captures the action in the sale ring with UA’s auctioneers, particularly Matt Stevenson, ‘dancing’ to the track from the rostrum while bids are made and sheep breeders watch the animals whirl around the ring.

The new track, ‘Notes Between F & E’, is taken from the band’s latest mini-album ‘Better Ghosts’ and the video has been shared on music websites and blogs in the UK, France, Germany and North America since its release this month, where it’s been described as “a surreal insight into animal auctioneering.”

Directed by BAFTA-Award winning filmmaker James Alcock, the video was inspired by Werner Herzog’s 1976 documentary ‘How Much Wood Would A Woodchuck Chuck?’ about the World Livestock Auctioneering Championship.

He said: “Bringing lo-fi indie rock to an auction market may seem like an unusual juxtaposition, but there seemed to be a natural correlation between the beat of the track and the rhythms of the sale ring.”

Neil McLean, group joint managing director of United Auctions, said: “It’s great to see the traditional world that we’re so familiar with given a contemporary, artistic makeover that sits so well together. We’re delighted with the result.”

The band’s Jack Cooper has said that “the video highlights what some may feel is a beautiful piece of Britain’s history, the strange tradition and rituals of the livestock auction, though others may see it as something entirely different.”

The track is out now on FatCat Records.

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Issued by JK Consultancy Ltd on behalf of United Auctions. For further information please contact Jenny Kumar of JK Consultancy 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.

United Auctions hosting Stirling Bull Sales at Stirling Agricultural Centre

Stirling Bull Sales gears up for ‘Hammertime’

Stirling Agricultural Centre is to become a hive of activity with thousands of pedigree beef breeders and enthusiasts set to see 760 pedigree bulls and females go under the hammer at United Auctions’ Stirling Bull Sales this month.

Held under the auspices of the national breed societies, the Autumn Bull Sales take place from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd October 2013 and are supported by independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of UA, said: “This is an exciting set of sales with a good offering of 505 bulls of all breeds. In response to demand from commercial buyers, pedigree producers have included more information regarding estimates of genetic traits of beef production so that 99% of bulls have been supplied with EBVs. In addition, every bull entered has information about either its own or the herd health.”

One of the highlights of the sales is the dispersal of the renowned Aberdeen Angus Halbeath herd established in 1999 by Robin Orr of Halbeath Farm, Dunfermline, Fife, which has achieved top prices in the sale rings.

Interest in British Shorthorns continues to grow with a record entry of 126 females forward this autumn, which includes the dispersal of the highly successful Glengloy herd from David Macleod, Glengoy, Fort William.

Also featured is a dispersal sale of the autumn calving portion of the long-established Dunsyre herd of Shorthorns from Mr Carey Coombs, Weston, Dunsyre, Carnwath.

In a technological first for the marketplace, the Autumn sales will see the launch of leading edge, digital display systems used in the sale rings to live stream sale and sponsor information, videos and a ticker tape news feature.

Already used at Kings Cross Station, Ibrox Stadium and Glasgow’s subway, the two new 6m x 2m screens will replace 10-year-old monotone graphic display systems.

Visitors will also see that work has started on expanding the Stirling Agricultural Centre for three growing agri-businesses.

Two purpose-built premises, each extending to 6,372 sq ft, are being developed on the Centre’s front paddock for Agricar, a tractor dealership who are relocating from Doune, and existing tenant Emotion Energy who currently occupy Unit 2A-2B at the Centre. The renewables company requires larger premises for its expanding business and their vacated unit will create space for new company Clyde Vet Group to be part of the Centre’s thriving agri community.

Full catalogue details for the Sales are available on the Stirling Bull Sales’ page of UA’s website along with access to the sale ring’s live webcam. And UA’s Facebook page will share as-it-happens news and updates. Opportunities for photographs are available from Sunday.

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

NOTES TO EDITOR

Judges

Aberdeen-Angus – Liam Muir, Upper Onston, Stenness, STROMNESS, Orkney KW16 3JX

Shorthorn – Robert McNee, Over Finlarg, Tealing, DUNDEE DD4 0QE

Limousin -Stewart Bett, Mains of Throsk, Throsk, STIRLING FK7 7NE

Simmental – Alister Clark, Stratheast, HOLM, Orkney KW17 2SA

Charolais – John Jeffrey, Kersknowe, KELSO TD5 8AA

Show and sale programme

Sunday 20th October
9.30am Aberdeen Angus bull inspection
10.15am Beef Shorthorn bull inspection
11am Simmental bull inspection
1.30pm Limousin bull inspection
Monday 21st October
9am Show of Aberdeen Angus females followed by bulls
10.30am Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls
12.30pm Sales of Aberdeen Angus bulls (43) Beef Shorthorn bulls (25) & Hereford (1)
1pm Show of Limousin females followed by bulls, followed by Salers & British Blue bulls
2pm Sale of Aberdeen Angus females (86) including the dispersal of the Halbeath herd (65)
3.30pm Sale of Beef Shorthorn females (126) to include dispersal of the Glen Gloy herd and the dispersal of the autumn calving portion of the Dunsyre herd
5pm Sale of Limousin bulls (98), Salers bulls (9), British Blue bulls (2) followed by Limousin females (17)
Tuesday 22nd October
7.30am Charolais bull inspection
8am Show of Simmental females followed by bulls
1pm Show of Charolais females followed by bulls
1.30pm Sale of Simmental females (15)
2pm Sale of Simmental bulls (145)
Wednesday 23rd October
10.30am Sale of Charolais bulls (181) followed by females (11)

 

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.

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Darling breeds of May come to Stirling for UA’s one-day Bull Sale

United Auctions’ (UA’s) May Multi-breed Show and Sale returns this year with a strong line-up of 212 pedigree bulls and females.

The annual event takes place on Monday 6th May 2013 at the Stirling Agricultural Centre, the HQ of Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers.

And its compact format, in which pedigree cattle are shown and sold in one day, has real appeal to customers at this busy time of year.

It is run in conjunction with a commercial beef breeding sale, which includes 500 store cattle and a show and sale of Simmental cross females.

The pedigree show will be judged by three young judges from the next generation of pedigree cattle breeders.

While Stuart Barclay from Aberdeen, John Barlow from Leyland and Michael Norman from Carlisle have experience at summer shows, this will be their first appearance at an official Bull Sale.

For the second year running, the event has been selected to stage a sale of Longhorns, one of the UK’s most ancient breeds.

It also welcomes a new sponsor – Hendricks Insurance, who relocated its headquarters to the Centre in January this year. The company, which specialises in farming and estate policies, will have a presence on the day with director Ritchie Sherret presenting a prize at the show.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of UA, said: “It’s a real pleasure to see the younger generation of judges making their mark at an official bull sale and we’re delighted to host the Longhorns’ sale for the second, consecutive year.

“The compact structure of the event with the accompanying commercial sale makes for a busy day with something for everyone.”

The Charolais, Simmental, Limousin, Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorn and Longhorn breeds are all sold under the auspices of their respective breed societies.

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. And UA’s Facebook page will share as-it-happens news and updates. Opportunities for photographs are available from Sunday 5th May.

 

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

 

NOTES TO EDITOR

Judges

Charolais Stuart Barclay, South Road, INSCH AB52 6XF

Simmental – John Barlow, Four Oaks, Ulnes, Walton Lane, LEYLAND PR26 8LT

Limousin – Michael Norman, Little Orton Farm, Little Orton, CARLISLE CA5 6EP

Aberdeen Angus – Stuart Barclay, South Road, INSCH AB52 6XF

 

Show and sale programme

Sunday 5 May
12 noon Charolais inspection
1 pm Simmental inspection
2 pm Limousin inspection
3 pm Aberdeen Angus inspection
3.30 pm Beef Shorthorn inspection
Monday 6 May
8 am Show of Charolais bulls followed by Simmental bulls, Limousin bulls & Aberdeen Angus bulls
11.30 am Sale of Longhorn bull (1) & females (7) followed by Salers bulls (5), British Blue bull (1)
Collection of leather halter & neck straps
12 noon Sale of Charolais bulls (47) followed by Simmental bulls (50) & female (1), Limousin bulls (60), Aberdeen Angus bulls (31) and Beef Shorthorn bulls (5)

 

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.

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Simmental UK breed record smashed at Stirling Bull Sales

The UK breed record for Simmentals was smashed to smithereens this afternoon (Monday 18th February) at the Stirling Bull Sales by a whopping 45,000gns (equivalent to £47,250) price tag.

The senior and overall champion bull Bel Dhu Capercaillie (lot 147) from consignor WG MacPherson of Blackford Farm, Croy, Invernessshire was sold to Simmental Judge Iain Green in partnership with Andrew Anderson of Smallburn Farms, Elgin by auctioneer and Executive Chairman David Leggat.

It took around three minutes for the UK record of 22,000gns (set three times previously for Omorga Samson, Dirnanean Typhoon and Dirnanean Bradley) to be eclipsed in a packed sale ring, which drew gasps and applause.

Watch our YouTube video

Photo credit: MacGregor Photography.

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For further information

United Auctions – Jenny Kumar of JK Consultancy on 07989 55719 / jenny@jkconsultancy.com

British Simmental Cattle Society – Neil Shand, Breed Secretary on 0771 3158036 or neil@britishsimmental.co.uk

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1000 bulls set for Stirling Bull Sales

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

 

NOTES TO EDITOR

Judges

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)

 

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.