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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.

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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.

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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.

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NOTES TO EDITOR

  • 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

 

Judges
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

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UA Officially Renames Event as Stirling Bull Sales

United Auctions (UA) are to rebrand the Perth Bull Sales as the Stirling Bull Sales.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists have taken the decision to update the Bull Sales’ brand to reflect its Stirling location.

The world-famous event, established in Perth in 1865, takes place annually in February, May and October and attracts more than 22,000 UK and international visitors each year.

The Sales were transferred to Stirling in 2009 as part of the company’s amalgamation of its Perth and Stirling businesses into a single centre of operation at the new Stirling Agricultural Centre.

While it made sense to retain the internationally recognised brand at that time, it has become clear that the name creates misunderstanding regarding where the Sales actually take place as well as ambiguity in how to refer to them.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of UA, said: “We are incredibly proud of the Perth element of the Bull Sales’ heritage, which is held dear to many people, including myself. However, the event has been known anecdotally as the Stirling Sales since they moved here nearly three years ago and we feel the time is right to officially adapt the name for clarity of location.”

Stirling Labour MP, Anne McGuire said: “I am delighted that UA have decided to rebrand the Bull Sales as the Stirling Sales. The success of the new Auction Mart has no doubt played a part in this decision. UA made a strong commitment to Stirling with the massive investment in the Mart, and as a strong supporter of the development since the beginning; I wish the newly renamed Stirling Bull Sales in October every success, which will attract buyers and sellers from all parts of the UK and beyond.”

Bruce Crawford, SNP MSP for Stirling said: “Changing the name to the Stirling Bull Sales makes sense and should help avoid confusion. I also feel that this change of name reflects the fact that the Bull Sales have been a very welcome addition to the Stirling area in recent years that have made this area at the very heart of Scotland’s agricultural industry.

“After great success in recent years, I am sure the Stirling Bull Sales will go from strength to strength in the years to come.”

Stirling Council’s Provost Mike Robbins said: ‘It’s terrific to see the renaming of the Bull Sales to reflect their new home here in Scotland’s heart. The Sales are a major event in the agricultural calendar and bring thousands of visitors to our area.’

The format and all other aspects of the Sales will remain the same.

The new brand comes into immediate effect with the first, official Stirling Bull Sales being the Autumn Sales held from October 22nd to 24th 2012.

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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

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 sheep and cattle, provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services and hosts the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (formerly the Perth Bull Sales) at its HQ, the Stirling Agricultural Centre.