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Next generation take the hammer for May Bull Sales

283 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale

United Auctions is putting an experienced team of rising star auctioneers at the helm of the Stirling Bull Sales next month.

In a nod to 2018 being the Year of Young People, a trio of next generation auctioneers – Ross Fotheringham (27), Raymond Kennedy (27) and Murray Rainnie (30) – will between them lead the sales of 283 pedigree bulls and females at the May event.

The Stirling Bull Sales take place at Stirling Agricultural Centre from Sunday 6 May to Monday 7 May 2018.

United Auctions’ commitment to succession planning and advancing people from within the Company is shared by its strategic partner Galbraith, the leading independent property consultancy. Galbraith became the sole, all-year sponsor of the Stirling Bull Sales this year.

At the two-day May event, no less than eight pedigree breeds will be on show and sale.

Judging will take place on Sunday 6 May for Charolais, Simmental and Aberdeen-Angus and on the morning of Monday 7 May for Limousin, Beef Shorthorn, Salers, Highland and Hereford breeds. All sales will be held on the Monday.

This year sees a record entry of Simmental bulls forward, reflecting the growing popularity of the breed in the sale ring.

John Roberts, United Auctions’ Group Sales Director, said: “It’s great to see another breed record entry for Simmentals and we’re delighted to have the support of so many pedigree breeders who recognise the value of being part of the May Bull Sales.

“Handing the gavel for this set of sales to our next generation of leaders is a huge tribute. They may be young in years but they have solid experience of both pedigree and commercial sales under their belts, and it shows just how much confidence we have in them by letting them take the mantle of such an important event.”

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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

 

Photo caption: Next in line: the next generation of United Auctions and Galbraith, the all-year sponsors of the Stirling Bull Sales line up.  (l-r) Raymond Kennedy, Al Christie, Isla King, Ross Fotheringham, Isla Shaw and Murray Rainnie.

 

Judges

Charolais- Neil Blyth, Middleton House Farm, Elwick, Hartlepool

Simmental- Chris Boyd, 9 Glebe Cottages, Ahoghill, Ballymena

Limousin- John Duncan, Dyke Farm Cottage, Milton of Campsie, Glasgow

Salers- Ian Smith, Netherton, Whitehouse, Alford

Beef Shorthorn- Cathryn Williamson, Balnespick Farm, Kincraig

Aberdeen-Angus- Emma Hodge, Rulesmains, Duns

 

SHOW & SALE PROGRAMME

 

Friday 4 May

5pm                          Yard opens

 

Saturday 5 May

2pm                          Charolais bull inspection

3pm                          Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection

4pm                          Simmental bull inspection

 

Sunday 6 May

10.30am                Show of Charolais bulls

12 noon                 Show of Simmental bulls

12 noon                 Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Salers, Highland & Hereford bulls

1pm                          Limousin bull inspection followed by females

2pm                          Show of Aberdeen-Angus bulls

 

Monday 7 May

9am                          Show of Limousin bulls followed by females

10.30am                Show of Beef Shorthorn bulls followed by Salers and parade of Highland & Hereford cattle

10.45am                Sale of Charolais bulls (42)

11.45am                Sale of Simmental bulls (73) followed by Limousin (66 & 12 females), Salers (9), Beef Shorthorn (12), Hereford (1), Highland (6) and Aberdeen-Angus (61 & 1 female).

 

About United Auctions

United Auctions 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 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.

 

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“Top bulls” line up for Stirling Bull Sales

Galbraith as new sole sponsor of national event

United Auctions are set to welcome a record number of Salers forward, the first official sale of Lincoln Reds, a new sole sponsor and much more when the Stirling Bull Sales kick off next month.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will host no less than 962 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale at the February Bull Sales. The two-week event takes place at Stirling Agricultural Centre from Sunday 4 February to Monday 5 February and continues from Sunday 18 February to Tuesday 20 February 2018 at United Auctions’ headquarters, Stirling Agricultural Centre.

Importantly, February 2018 marks the start of sole, all-year sponsorship by Galbraith of the Stirling Bull Sales which take place in February, May and October annually.

The leading independent property consultancy has a long, strategic partnership with United Auctions, which continues to go from strength to strength. The national sales centre of Galbraith is based at the Agricultural Centre in the City of Stirling and together with United Auctions, the two Stirling businesses employ more than 350 people.

George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions said: “The Stirling Bull Sales are well recognised as one of the most important dates in the farming calendar. Three times a year the City enjoys an out-of-season influx of visitors with demand in hotels, bars, restaurants and conference facilities providing a welcome local economic boost.

“Gaining year-long support from Galbraith of this world-famous event represents a significant investment in and long-term commitment to the City of Stirling, to Scottish agriculture, and beyond. We’re delighted to welcome them as sole sponsor from this year going forward.”

Simon Brown, head of rural and residential sales and lettings at Galbraith, said: “The Stirling Bull Sales showcase the best pedigrees in the country and we’re delighted to support such a prestigious event.

“This sponsorship is testament to our commitment as rural specialists and allows us to gain greater brand exposure amongst our target audience. We very much look forward to strengthening our successful relationship with United Auctions throughout the year.”

 

All about the pedigree…

Popular Sunday judging continues at the Stirling Bull Sales with the main sales held on the Monday of week one and the Monday and Tuesday of week two.

This year, the Bull Sales hosts a total of ten breeds, including the first official sale of pedigree Lincoln Red bulls taking place on the afternoon of Monday 5 February following a parade on Sunday 4 February in the exhibition hall.

A highlight of week one will be the chance for breeders and commercial buyers to source great genetics from the part dispersal of the Perthshire-based Coldrochie Beef Shorthorn herd from Douglas McMillan who is retiring. Coldrochie stock has achieved considerable success at both national and local shows. The autumn calving portion together with a crop of young bulls, comprising 27 lots, will be sold on Monday 5 February while the spring calving portion will be dispersed in May.

The herd has an excellent health and production record and bulls and draft females have met a strong demand at the Stirling sales.

An all-time record of pedigree Salers bulls (44) and females (25) forward in week two can be seen at the pre-sale show on Sunday 18 February and the sale on Monday 19 February.

Meanwhile a major reduction of the Woodhall herd, comprising 55 lots, from the late Hector Macaskill will be held on the morning of Monday 19 February. Established in 1976, this herd of Simmentals has tremendous breeding with a consistent source of top class pedigree and commercial stud bulls.

John Roberts, United Auctions’ Group Sales Director, said: “The top bulls are coming to be sold in Stirling at the February Bull Sales – from Shetland to Somerset and Aberdeen to Tiree and Northern Ireland – offering a leading line up in both number and quality bloodlines. It’s also fantastic to see the growth in the Salers breed and we’re delighted to welcome the first foundation sale of Lincoln Reds.”

Full catalogue details for the Sales will be also available on the Stirling Bull Sales’ page of United Auctions’ websitealong with access to the sale ring’s live webcam. Opportunities for photographs are available from the Saturday of each week.

 

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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-AngusAlan Morrison, The Acre, Drummeer, Maguiresbridge

Beef ShorthornCarey Coombs, Weston Farm, Dunsyre, Carnwath

LimousinIan Nimmo, Bogside Farm, Newmains, Wishaw

SalersAlisdair Davidson, Poldean, Wamphray, Moffat

SimmentalAnne MacPherson, Blackford Farm, Croy, Inverness

CharolaisArwel Owen, Tynewydd, Garthbeibio, Foel, Welshpool

 

SHOW & SALE PROGRAMME

Friday 2 February

5pm                           Yard opens

 

Saturday 3 February

7am                           Yard opens

11.30am                  Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection

2.30pm                     Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Lincoln Red, Hereford and Luing bulls

 

Sunday 4 February

10am                         Show of Aberdeen-Angus females followed by bulls

2pm                           Limousin bull inspection followed by British Blue bulls

2.30pm                     Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls and parade of Lincoln Red, Hereford and Luing bulls

 

Monday 5 February

10am                         Parade of Limousin females followed by Show of bulls

10.30am                  Sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls (175) followed by females (8)

11am                         Sale of Beef Shorthorn females (24) including dispersal of the Coldrochie herd (27) PART

 

1.30pm                     Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (96) followed by Lincoln Red (3), Hereford (5) and Luing

(1) bulls

3.30pm                     Sale of British Blue bulls (2), Limousin bulls (99) followed by Limousin females (4)

 

Friday 16 February

5pm                           Yard opens

 

Saturday 17 February

7am                           Yard opens

12 noon                    Simmental bull inspection followed by show females

 

Sunday 18 February

10am                         Salers bull inspection

11am                         Show of Simmental females followed by bulls

11.30am                  Charolais bull inspection followed by show females

2.30pm                     Show of Salers females followed by bulls

 

Monday 19 February

10.30am                  Sale of Simmental females (31) including major reduction of the Woodhall herd (55)

11am                         Sale of Salers bulls (44)

12 noon                    Show of Charolais females followed by bulls

12.30pm                  Sale of Salers females (25)

12.45pm                  Sale of Simmental bulls (183)

Tuesday 20 February

10.30 am                 Sale of Charolais bulls (171) followed by females (9)

About United Auctions

United Auctions 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 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.

 

 

 

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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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February Bull Sales: new format for shows and sales

United Auctions has reformatted the February Bull Sales to ensure customers get best value from their time at the two-week event.

The Stirling Bull Sales at Stirling Agricultural Centre will feature 1055 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale from Sunday, January 31st to Tuesday, February 2nd and from Sunday, February 14th to Tuesday, February 16th.

The more compact programme includes Sunday judging in both weeks. On Sunday, January 31st the Aberdeen Angus females and bulls show takes place at 12.30pm with the sale the following day. On Sunday, February 14th, the show of Simmental females and bulls takes place at noon with the show of Salers bulls at 4pm. Both sales will be held the following day.

The new February programme follows a similar redesign successfully introduced in October by Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers.

John Roberts, Sales Director and Auctioneer at UA, said: “The updated schedule is a next step in the evolution of the Bull Sales. It reflects customer demand to get the most value out of the event – and their time off the farm.”

David Brown, Sales Director and Auctioneer at UA said: “The Spring Sales offers no less than 342 vendors of high quality bulls and females. Entries come from the four corners of the UK – from Shetland and Orkney to Somerset, Southampton, Portsmouth and from Northern Ireland, Swansea and Wold in Wales, to Oxfordshire and Lincolnshire – highlighting the national importance of this event.”

In the second week, customers will be interested to note the sale of the complete adult portion of the Fife-based Broombrae herd of high performing Simmental cattle on Monday, February 15th.

Bank of Scotland is sponsoring the February Bull Sales again and will have a strong presence at the event.

Sandy Hay, Head of Agriculture Bank of Scotland, South and East Scotland said: “Bank of Scotland is extremely proud to sponsor the Stirling Bull Sales again this year, and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the finest pedigree bulls in the UK on show. We recognise that 2016 could be another challenging year for many farmers. Our relationship managers are committed to working directly with farmers to bridge the delay in the basic payment scheme, and helping them to manage and grow their businesses.”

Guest of honour at the Sales will be Stirling Council’s Provost Mike Robbins and customers may spot BBC presenter and farmer Adam Henson filming for Countryfile on Monday, February 1st.

Full catalogue details for the Sales will be 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 Saturday. 

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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:

Judges

Aberdeen-Angus – John Lohoar, Glenbervie Home Farm, Drumlithie, Stonehaven

Beef Shorthorn – Liam Muir, Upper Onston, Stenness, Stromness

Limousin – James Hazard, Saltby Heath, Skillington, Grantham

Salers – Neil Austin, Boreland Of Girthon, Gatehouse Of Fleet

Simmental – Gary Christie, Midtown Of Glass, Huntly

Charolais – Ben Harman, Grove Farm, Grove Lane, Chesham

 

Programme of Events

Saturday 30th January 2016

7am                              Yard opens

2pm                              Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection

 

Sunday 31st January 2016

10am                            Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Luing and Hereford bulls

12.30pm                        Show of Aberdeen-Angus females followed by bulls

2 pm                             Limousin bull inspection followed by British Blue

 

Monday 1st February 2016         

8.30am                          Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls

10.30am                        Sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls (163)

1.30pm                          Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (103) followed by Luing bull (1), Hereford bulls (2)

2pm                              Sale of Aberdeen-Angus females (60 + 10 calves)

3.30pm                          Sale of Beef Shorthorn females (25)

 

Tuesday 2nd February 2016       

9am                              Show of Limousinbulls

12.50pm                        Sale of British Blue bulls (3)

1pm                              Sale of Limousin bulls (111) followed by Limousin females (5)

 

Saturday 13th February

7am                              Yard opens

2pm                              Simmental bull inspection

 

Sunday 14th February 2016

12 noon                         Show of Simmental females followed by bulls

12 noon                         Salers bull inspection

12.15pm                        Charolais bull inspection

4.30pm                          Show of Salers bulls

 

Monday 15th February 2016       

10.30am                        Sale of Simmental females (50 + 3 calves) followed by complete adult portion of the

Broombrae herd (33 + 11 calves)

12 noon                         Show of Charolais females followed by bull

12.30pm                        Sale of Salers bulls (21) followed by females (16)

1pm                              Sale of Simmental bulls (217)

 

Tuesday 16th February 2016      

10.30 am                       Sale of Charolais bulls (232) followed by females (13) 

 

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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211 pedigree bulls and females set for one-day May Bull Sale

United Auctions (UA) are gearing up for their annual one-day Bull Sale on Monday, May 4th when 211 pedigree cattle come to Stirling Agricultural Centre.

The compact format of this popular multi-breed event will see pedigree bulls and females staged on show and sale over a single day in a bid to ease the pressure for customers at this time of year.

The event takes place in the 150th anniversary year of the Bull Sales and will run in conjunction with a major beef breeding sale with an entry of approximately 500 head, including 120 stock suckler cows with calves at foot from Aberbothrie.

Two Stirlingshire farmers, Katreen Millar of Lochend, Port of Menteith and John MacGregor of Allanfauld, Kilsyth will judge the Charolais and Limousin shows respectively.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers are also delighted to welcome a new main sponsor for this year’s event – Agricar Ltd. The tractor dealership occupies the purpose-built outlet at the Centre and will have a presence at the event.

In addition, UA are hosting an SRUC workshop on the control of Johnes disease in cattle on the same day. This meeting, funded by QMS, will be held at 4pm in the Centre’s conference room.

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. Opportunities for photographs are available from Sunday 3rd 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 jenny@jkconsultancy.com

NOTES TO EDITOR

Judges

Charolais Katreen Millar, Lochend, Port of Menteith, Stirling FK8 3JZ

Simmental – Harry Wood, Popes Farm, Longridge Road, Dutton, Preston PR3 2YT

Limousin – John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth, Glasgow G65 9DF

Aberdeen Angus – Albert J Taylor, 69 Woodend Drive, Northmuir, Kirriemuir DD8 4TG

Beef Shorthorn – Elizabeth Lang, The Bungalow, Rosewells, Pitscottie, Cupar KY15 5LE.

Show and sale programme

Sunday 3 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 4 May  
8 am Show of Charolais bulls followed by Simmental bulls, Limousin bulls, Aberdeen Angus bulls & Beef Shorthorn bulls
11.30 am Sale of Longhorn bull (1) followed by Salers bulls (5) & British Blue bull (1) & Hereford bulls (4)
12 noon Sale of Charolais bulls (28), Simmental bulls (43), Limousin bulls (63), followed by females (8), Aberdeen Angus bulls (44) & Beef Shorthorn bulls (14)

 

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’ and in 2015 it was ranked in the top 20 of Insider’s SME300.

 

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Press accreditation required for royal visit to 150th Bull Sales – Mon 2nd Feb

All press must apply for accreditation to cover the visit of HRH Princess Royal on the afternoon of Monday, February 2nd at Stirling Agricultural Centre.

Princess Anne’s visit marks the 150th anniversary of the event. She is attending in her role as patron of the Beef Shorthorn cattle society and it is the first time a royal has visited the Bull Sales at Stirling.

To apply for accreditation, please contact Jenny Kumar on jenny@jkconsultancy.com with your name, mobile, media outlet you represent and arrival time on Monday, February 2nd. Once approved, please collect your assigned press badge from the media table in the concourse on arrival.

The Sales have enjoyed royal support with HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother being a regular consignor of Aberdeen-Angus cattle from the Castle of Mey.  She visited the sales on a number of occasions and was very involved with the herd.

HRH The Prince of Wales also attended the sales at Perth in 2002 in his capacity as patron of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman at UA, said: “We’re looking forward with much excitement to welcoming The Princess Royal to the event, in which she has a personal interest. We do require all press and media to apply in good time for accreditation ahead of the Princess’ arrival on the first day of the sales.

“It’s been fascinating reviewing the Bull Sales’ archive, which reflects the changing trends of the breeds over the years. In the early days there was hardly a catalogue while today we detail the health, genetics and performance of the cattle, showing there is something for everyone.”

 

The Bull Sales: present and past

The Spring Bull Sales – sponsored by Bank of Scotland – offers 1150 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale from February 2nd and 3rd, continuing on February 16th and 17th at the Stirling Agricultural Centre.

The world-famous event, now known as the Stirling Bull Sales, started in 1865 at the Perth Market in Mill Street. They were conducted by Macdonald and McCallum and comprised 14 Beef Shorthorns selling to a top of 39gns, averaging around 14gns.

JM Fraser became a partner in 1871, aged 26, and Macdonald Fraser was formed. He was widely recognised as the pioneer of the Sales and did much to develop it into an international event.

In the early sales, the numbers forward were small and it wasn’t until 1872 when numbers had increased significantly – and now included Aberdeen Angus – that they warranted a separate sale day from the normal Friday market.

Held on a Wednesday in mid-March, 75 shorthorns sold for a total of £1964.

1875 saw the company move to larger premises at Caledonian Road and a sale on March 12th 1879 attracted the largest number of buyers including, for the first time, several from overseas, including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

By 1892 the two breeds had separate sale dates: 286 Angus were sold on February 24th while 242 Shorthorns sold on March 2nd.

The biggest prices came during two separate post-war booms. In 1920’s spring sale of Shorthorns, 486 averaged £302 with a top of 6600gns. This was significant because in all that year 2061 bulls sold to an average of £270.

The next boom was in 1946 when brothers Pittodrie Upright and Pittodrie Uprise fetched 14,500gns and 14,000gns, respectively – an impressive amount for that time.

In the 1950s and ‘60s, the Bull Sales had a big influence on the rise of Angus cattle to the US and Argentina. New names in the export trade included Alexander, Schofield and Gammie who were shipping to Buenos Aires and Clint Tomson of Harding and Harding was purchasing for the US.

A groundbreaking influx of Charolais and Simmental breeds camein the early 1970s with Limousins following in the late ‘70s.

Consequently, the Bull Sales was the largest collective sale of Charolais and Simmental in Europe by the 1990s. The catalogue for October 1990 records the sale of 356 Simmental and 510 Charolais.

The event moved from Perth in 2009 and is now well established at Stirling Agricultural Centre in 2009 where it continues to thrive.

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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:

Judges

Aberdeen-Angus – Bob Lane, Windy Meadow Farm, Edgmond, Newport

Beef Shorthorn – Nigel Miller, Stagehall, Stow, Galashiels

Hereford – Andrew Rennie, Hood Farm, Cambuskenneth, Stirling

Limousin – Alasdair MacNab, Alagils Herd, Kildun Cottage, Dingwall, Highland

Salers – Steven Sandison, Millburn, Harray, Orkney

Simmental – Michael Barlow, Four Oaks, Ulnes Walton Lane, Leyland

Charolais – Michael Massie, Mains of Elrick, Auchnagatt, Ellon

Show and Sale Programme

Sunday 1 February
9 am Aberdeen Angus bull inspection
12 noon Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Hereford bulls
2 pm Limousin inspection
4 pm Parade of pairs of Aberdeen Angus bulls
Monday 2 February
8 am Show of Aberdeen Angus females followed by bulls
1 pm Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls followed by show of Hereford bulls
3pm Collective sale of Aberdeen Angus females (101) including drafts from Ballathie, Belhaven, Hillfoots and Retties followed by major reduction of the Chathill herd (66)
5 pm Collective sale of Beef Shorthorn females (27) including draft from Chapelton
Tuesday 3 February
9 am Show of Limousin females followed by bulls
10.30 am Sale of Aberdeen Angus bulls (196)
1.30 pm Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (102) following by Luing bull (1) and Hereford bulls (8)
3.30 pm Sale of Limousin bulls (131) followed by females (8)
Sunday 15 February
9 am Simmental bull inspection
12 noon Inspection of Salers followed by British Blue bulls
12.30 pm Charolais bull inspection
4 pm Show of Salers bulls followed by females followed by parade of British Blue bulls, females and British Blonde bulls
5 pm Show of Simmental females
Monday 16 February
8 am Show of Simmental bulls
12 noon Sale of Salers bulls (22) followed by females (17) including draft from Seamore followed by British Blue bulls (4) and females (3) followed by British Blonde bulls (3)
12 noon Show of Charolais females followed by bulls
1 pm Sale of Simmental females (50) including drafts from Beeches, Dirnanean, Innerwick, Skerrington and Wolfstar
1.30 pm Sale of Simmental bulls (207)
Tuesday 17 February
10.30 am Sale of Charolais bulls (239) followed by females (20) including draft from Mornity

 

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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Pedigree cattle to shine at Stirling Bull Sales

The stage is being set at the Stirling Agricultural Centre for a cast and audience of thousands when the curtain goes up for the Stirling Bull Sales next week.

In the spotlight will be 809 pedigree bulls and females across nine breeds for Show and Sale from Monday October 20th to Wednesday October 22nd.

United Auctions hosts the three-day event, which is sponsored by leading independent property consultancy, CKD Galbraith for the eighth year.

One of the biggest dispersal sales in the recent history of the breed will take place when the Glenbuchat Angus herd go under the hammer on Monday 20th October, the first day of the event.

Former Scotland rugby captain David Sole of Glenbuchat Farms, Donside, Aberdeen is retiring from farming and selling his entire herd, totalling 96 lots, which he established in 2007.

The prestigious herd, which is part of the Hi Health scheme, has bred a Senior Champion Bull at February Bull Sales in 2012 and an Overall Champion Bull in this year’s one-day Bull Sale in May.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will welcome special guests over the first two days of the sales, including Stirling Council’s Provost, the Consulate-General of Japan and key industry players.

Keen-eyed spectators will also spot filming taking place as BBC On The Farm will be following Sybil and George MacPherson, one of the farming families being documented in the programme, to be broadcast in 2016.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of United Auctions, said: “The famous three-day Bull sale is the largest collective show and sale of pedigree cattle in the UK and we’re particularly enthusiastic at the quality coming forward. With entries from the leading herds across the home nations, the real stars are the cattle and the place will be buzzing as they take centre stage.”

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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For further information, please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 / jenny@jkconsultancy.com Notes to editor

Judges

Aberdeen-Angus – Iain Mathers, Wardes, Kintore, INVERURIE

Beef Shorthorn – The Hon G Turton, The Grange, Upsall, THIRSK

Limousin – Colin Soutter, No 1 Whinfell Park, Brougham, PENRITH

Simmental – Peter Burgess, Tilbrook Farm, Lower Boddington, DAVENTRY

Charolais – Griff Morris, Mwche Farm, Llanstephan, CARMARTHEN

Show and Sale programme

Sunday 19th October
9 am Aberdeen Angus bull inspection
10 am Beef Shorthorn bull inspection
11 am Simmental bull inspection
1.30 pm Limousin bull inspection
Monday 20th October
8.30 am Show of Aberdeen Angus females followed by bulls
10.30 am Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls
12.30 pm Sale of Aberdeen Angus bulls (70) Beef Shorthorn bulls (35) & Herefords (3)
1 pm Show of Limousin females followed by bulls, followed by Salers
2 pm Sale of Aberdeen Angus females (108) including the disperal of the Glenbuchat herd (85)
3.30 pm Sale of Beef Shorthorn females (102)
5 pm Sale of Limousin bulls (103), Salers bulls (8), British Blue bulls (3), British Blonde bull (1) followed by Limousin females (18) & Salers females (7)
Tuesday 21st October
7 am Charolais bull inspection
8.30 am Show of Simmental females followed by bulls
1 pm Show of Charolais females followed by bulls
1 pm Sale of Simmental females (46)
2 pm Sale of Simmental bulls (141)
Wednesday 22nd October
11 am Sale of Charolais bulls (153) followed by females (12)

 

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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Rural Cab Sec to host Q&A at Stirling Bull Sales

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs is set to take part in a public question and answer session with farmers on the first day of the Stirling Bull Sales (Monday 3rd February).

Richard Lochhead MSP will be guest of honour at the national event, which runs from Monday 3rd February to Tuesday 4th February and continues on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th February at Stirling Agricultural Centre.

As well as viewing the show and sale, Mr Lochhead will host a question and answer session on Monday afternoon, giving farmers attending the event the chance to ask him questions about key agricultural issues, including CAP reform.

The Spring Bull Sales will offer 1004 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale over the two-week event. Run under the auspices of the breed societies, the Stirling Bull Sales are hosted by United Auctions and sponsored by Bank of Scotland.

A new feature introduced by the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society this February is the Parade of Pairs of Bulls on Sunday 2nd, which aims to show off the stock and forms part of the buyers’ research in choosing the right bull at the sale on the following Tuesday.

Stirlingshire visitors will also recognise well-known local farmer Fraser Sangster of Buchlyvie who is judging the Hereford bulls at the pre-sale show on Monday 3rd February.

And the new, condensed format in week one this year will provide a wide range of bulls for sale on a single day, improving the choice for buyers and helping save time and expense for buyers and exhibitors alike.

David Leggat, executive chairman at UA, said: “The compact format in the first week will suit the buying public down to the ground. It’s not many agricultural shows that can offer access to 370 of the best pedigree bulls for sale in the country in one day.

“The Sales are a terrific forum for agriculture so we’re delighted to facilitate a Q&A with the minister for our customers and very pleased to welcome Provost of Stirling Mike Robbins as a special guest on Tuesday 4th February.”

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Notes to Editor:

Judges

Aberdeen-Angus – Ian Campbell, Thrunton Farm, Whittingham, ALNWICK NE66 4RZ

Beef Shorthorn – Geoff Riby, Low Stonehills Farm, Fraisthorpe, BRIDLINGTON YO15 3QR

British Blue – Ian McGarva, Nether Abington, Abington, BIGGAR ML12 6SE

Charolais – Roy Milne, Kennieshillock, Lhanbryde, ELGIN IV30 3LJ

Hereford - Fraser Sangster, Badenkep, Buchlyvie, STIRLING FK8 3NT

Limousin – Gary Oag, Brims Mains, THURSO KW14 7XL

Salers – Andrew Sleigh, Newseat of Tolquhon, Tarves, ELLON AB41 7LP

Simmental – John Rixon, Lopemede Farm, THAME OX9 3SH

 

Show and sale programme

Sunday 2nd February
9am Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection
11.30am Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Hereford bulls
2pm Limousin inspection
Parade of pairs of Aberdeen-Angus bulls – time to be confirmed
Monday 3rd February
8am Show of Aberdeen-Angus females followed by bulls
1pm Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by Beef Shorthorn bulls and Hereford bulls
3pm Collective sale of Aberdeen-Angus females (28)
4pm Collective sale of Beef Shorthorn females (57)
Tuesday 4th February
9am Show of Limousin females followed by bulls
10.30am Sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls (149)
1pm Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (98) followed by Luing (1) & Hereford bulls (10)
2.30pm Sale of Limousin bulls (112) followed by females (12)
Sunday 16th February
9am Simmental bull inspection
12 noon Inspection of Salers, British Blue bulls
12.30pm Charolais bull inspection
4pm Show of Salers bulls followed by femailes followed by British Blue bulls
5pm Show of Simmental females
Monday 17th February
8am Show of Simmental bulls
12 noon Sale of Salers bulls (11) followed by females (5) followed by British Blue bulls (7)
12 noon Show of Charolais females followed by bulls
1pm Sale of Simmental females (55)
1.30pm Sale of Simmental bulls (175)
Tuesday 18th February
10.30am Sale of Charolais bulls (233) followed by females (36)

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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.

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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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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.