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Support goes national for #LambForStAndrewsDay campaign

A campaign to make Scotch Lamb PGI the national dish for St Andrew’s Day is stirring up strong support across the nation, including from the Scottish Government.

Rural communities have been quick to get behind the campaign with more than 1,500 people up and down the country committing to celebrating November 30th with Scotch Lamb.

Now the drive is calling on butchers, supermarkets and families all over Scotland to join the campaign and share their support on social media using the #LambForStAndrewsDay hashtag.

The campaign has attracted support from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), the Scottish red meat industry marketing body, and National Farmers’ Union Scotland as well as the Scottish Government.

Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy, said: “Scotch Lamb to celebrate St Andrews Day is the perfect union, and I would encourage everyone to get behind this great campaign and support your local hill and upland farmers and crofters.”

The original idea was cooked up in 2010 by United Auctions’ George Purves with Willie Mitchell during the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme. QMS picked it up and it made it into a national campaign nine years ago. This year’s call re-ignites the campaign by giving the power to the people to get behind it and make it their own.

“The aim of this campaign is simple: we want to make Scotch Lamb synonymous with celebrating St Andrew’s Day,” said George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions.

It was United Auctions who started the ball rolling last month by offering 10 locally-sourced lambs to community groups wanting to celebrate St Andrew’s Day and asking their 18,000 customers to spread the word amongst their own families, friends and neighbours.

The call has been answered far and wide – including celebration dinners planned by a Scout Group in Ballantrae in South Ayrshire, a Village Hall Committee in Ettrickbridge in the Borders, a school in Stirlingshire and community events on the Isle of Coll in the Hebrides as well as in Perthshire, South Ayrshire, Argyll, North Lanarkshire, and Moray.

Alan Clarke, Chief Executive of Quality Meat Scotland, said: “We’re encouraging everyone in Scotland to get this great tasting and extremely versatile product on the menu so that, from now on, when we think about celebrating St Andrew’s Day, we think of Scotch Lamb.”

Former Scotland rugby captain Rob Wainwright, who is helping to organise the event on the Isle of Coll, commented: “This is a great campaign and we got behind it straight away. What better way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day than bringing our community together for a lamb dinner and ceilidh?”

Andrew McCornick, President of National Farmers’ Union Scotland, said: “We should all take the opportunity to enjoy the best on Scotland’s national day of celebration. Together we can make delicious Scotch Lamb PGI the national dish for St Andrew’s Day.”

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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

Photo caption: Balfron High School Home Economics pupils get ready to cook for #LambforStAndrewsDay with QMS Chair Kate Rowell (left), George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions seated with pupil Beth Rodgers and Chief Executive of QMS Alan Clarke.

Notes to Editor

> To help spread the word, we’re asking supporters to display our poster in their window and share it on social media using the hashtag #LambForStAndrewsDay. Download a poster from the grey ‘Resources’ box on United Auctions’ homepage via www.uagroup.co.uk

> Community groups and organisations taking part in the Lamb for St Andrew’s celebration include the following. Please contact Jenny on the details above for more info:

  • Ballantrae Scout Group, South Ayrshire at local Village Hall on 26 November. The Scouts have organised a fundraising St Andrew’s Evening with 80 locals – 10 tables will each have their own lamb joint to carve.
  • Balfron High School, Stirlingshire on 27 Nov. After a butchery demonstration with the school’s Home Economics class, the students will make lamb burgers which will be served to 220 pupils as a celebration lunch along with roast lamb and lamb tagine.
  • Ettrick Village Hall Committee, Scottish Borders on 30 Nov. A St Andrew’s Night concert fundraising for Prostate Cancer – 100 youngsters and adults contributing Scots songs, poems with instrumentalists and audience participation.
  • Riverside Explorers Scouts, Greenhill Farm, Dunning on 30 Nov. The Riverside Explorers whose aim is providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training, are celebrating St Andrews Day at their monthly overnight camp. The 25 young leaders will be challenged to cook the lamb by using only ingenuity and traditional methods.
  • Coll Community, Coll Hotel on 30 Nov. Organised by former Scotland rugby captain Rob Wainwright, the St Andrew’s Day dinner will be a celebration of Scotch Lamb with various cuts and Coll vegetables for 80 members of the local community.
  • Friends of the Firth of Clyde, Fairlie Village Inn, 30 Nov. A fundraising lamb dinner for Protecting the Clyde Coast & campaign for Environmental Impact Assessment for 100 people.
  • Peebles RFC pre-match dinner on 30 Nov. The celebration for Peebles 1st v Gordonians puts Scotch Lamb centre stage with 120 people.

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.

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is the public body responsible for promoting the PGI labelled Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb brands in the UK and abroad and also promoting Scottish pork products under the Specially Selected Pork logo. QMS also helps the Scottish red meat sector improve its sustainability, efficiency and profitability and maximise its contribution to Scotland’s economy. For more information visit www.qmscotland.co.uk  or follow QMS on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

NFU Scotland is Scotland’s leading agricultural organisation, representing farmers, crofters, growers and rural businesses. It supports and promotes its members to achieve a sustainable and profitable future for Scottish agriculture.

 

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United Auctions dishes up Scotch Lamb for St Andrew’s Day

United Auctions are calling on Scotland’s farmers to help re-energise a campaign to make Scotch Lamb the National Dish for St Andrew’s Day.

The aim of the campaign from Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers is to encourage their 18,000 customers to spread the word amongst family, friends, neighbours and within their rural communities to put lamb on the menu on 30 November.

And to inspire local clubs, schools, and organisations to get involved, the Company will donate 10 locally-sourced lambs to those who would like to host a St Andrew’s Day celebration.

The campaign revitalises an original idea cooked up in 2010 by George Purves and Willie Mitchell during their time on the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme. The idea became a national campaign after being picked up by Quality Meat Scotland, the Scottish red meat industry marketing body.

George Purves, United Auctions’ Managing Director, said: “The 2010 promotion was really special, particularly when the late chef Andrew Fairlie created a bespoke menu for us. We want to remind people to serve Scotch Lamb on Scotland’s national day. It’s a natural product rich in protein and nutrients that support good health and wellbeing – and that’s down to the hard work and commitment by Scotland’s farmers who produce it.”

Peter Wood, prime sheep auctioneer at United Auctions added: “We want lamb to become synonymous with St Andrew’s Day just as Haggis is for Burns Night. We’re really pleased to have signed up our first restaurant who will be hosting a Celebration of Scotch Lamb Dinner on 30 November with locally sourced lamb they will be selecting from the auction. Hopefully local rugby clubs, Young Farmers clubs and schools will want to join in as well organising events to celebrate the great product as the national dish on St Andrew’s Day.”

To register your interest in receiving a locally-sourced lamb for your St Andrew’s Day Celebration, please contact George Purves on gpurves@uagroup.co.uk / 07740 877699.

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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

Photo caption:

(l-r) United Auctions’ Auctioneers Richard Close, Peter Wood, Richard Henderson and Andrew Weir with Managing Director George Purves centre.

Notes to editor

  • The first establishment to sign up to the campaign is the historic Kirkstyle Inn at Dunning, Perthshire. Owner and proprietor Jamie Harrison will select a locally-sourced lamb from United Auctions’ Stirling Agricultural Centre to host a Scotch Lamb celebration dinner at his pub in the country on Saturday 30 November.

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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Auctioneer Matt Stevenson to retire from United Auctions

One of the top commercial sheep auctioneers in Scotland is to hang up his white coat and gavel after a career spanning 50 years during which he has been involved in the sale of more than 14million sheep.

United Auctions’ Sales Director Matt Stevenson will step down from the auctioneer’s box on Saturday 28 September at the sale of Blackface ewes and gimmers at Stirling Agricultural Centre where he has been based for almost 29 years.

Originally hailing from a farming family in North Ayrshire, Matt has made Stirling his home for the past 45 years.

Starting his career as a trainee auctioneer aged just 15 at Kilmarnock Mart selling young calves, cast cows and furniture, he will retire as a Board Director of Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers.

In 1990 Matt was headhunted by the late auctioneer Jimmy Weir to head up and expand the commercial sheep sales for United Auctions. In his half-century wielding the gavel, Matt has knocked it down on some of the most expensive sheep to go through the Stirling ring, fetching £20,000 for a Blackface shearling and £12,000 for a Blackface ewe hogg both from Ian Hunter, Dalchirla, and £5,500 for a Blue Leicester shearling.

Matt met many of his customers playing rugby for Stirling County RFC. He played on the wing and scored 175 tries in 11 years before retiring aged 31 and taking up refereeing for a further 17 years.

He said: “When I joined United Auctions, I stipulated that the weekends were my own because I was a rugby man. Farmers and rugby went hand in hand for years and I made a huge amount of contacts. I’ve still got a lot of those contacts today.”

At the weekend, United Auctions saw its biggest ever ewe lamb sale at Stirling Agricultural Centre with a record entry of more than 12,000. The sale has grown year on year with Matt at the helm and is recognised as a key date in the sheep farming calendar.

Matt continued: “A big percentage of top breeders bring their ewe lambs to Stirling Agricultural Centre to win the cup. That’s not by accident, we’ve worked hard to go out and get the business and we look after our customers once we have them.”

George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions, said:“Matt has dedicated 50 energetic years to the industry, which speaks volumes about the measure of the man. One of farming’s big characters in and out of the rostrum, he’s been a close colleague for the last 18 years and hugely supportive as a fellow Director. Matt leaves a lasting legacy and a strong team who have gained experience and knowledge working with him for years. We wish him a long and happy retirement.”

On hanging up his gavel in September, Matt Stevenson said: “In some ways, it will be a sad day for me, but in other ways I’m delighted. I always wanted to be the number one commercial sheep auctioneer in Scotland and sell as much as I possibly could, and I’ve had a good innings. So, while I’m still fit and healthy, I want to do a bit of travelling and spend time with my grandchildren.”

A drinks reception to celebrate Matt’s career will take place on Saturday 28th September at Stirling Agricultural Centre. All friends, customers and colleagues are invited to the presentation at 4.30pm.

 

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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

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.

 

Morton Strachan

United Auctions introduces Morton Strachan Memorial Quaich at Stirling Bull Sales

This year’s Stirling Bull Sales in May will see the inaugural presentation of the Morton Strachan MBE Memorial Quaich.

The silver quaich has been created by United Auctions to honour the late leading livestock auctioneer and long-time Board member who sadly died in August 2018.

It will be presented as an annual prize for the Supreme Champion Charolais Bull during the May Bull Sales, which take place this year from Sunday 5 to Monday 6 May 2019 at Stirling Agricultural Centre.

Morton was a highly respected champion for the agricultural sector with a career spanning more than 50 years.

He left school aged 14 to become a trainee auctioneer at Hamilton market and worked in Edinburgh and Cupar before moving to Stirling market in 1958 where he specialised in selling prime cattle. Morton was Managing Director of UA from 1990-95 and, following retirement, remained on the main Board of UA Group PLC until 1999. He continued to be involved with the Bull Sales and acted in an advisory capacity as recently as the construction of Stirling Agricultural Centre.

Known for his energy and enthusiasm in and out of the box, Morton never missed the Royal Highland Show where he was a local director in 1997 and a Steward for many years.

Neil McLean, Chairman of United Auctions, said: “Morton lived and worked in Stirling for 60 years, making an indelible mark on those who knew him by going that extra mile with great care, thought and attention. He was dedicated to his work while being a true family man so it’s fitting that his daughters are the first to present this special tribute which honours his legacy.”

 

Stirling Bull Sales

This year’s May bull sales takes place across two days and will see a strong entry of 242 pedigree bulls and females across nine breeds.

Judging will take place on Sunday 5 May for the pedigree Charolais, Simmental, Salers, Beef Shorthorn and Aberdeen-Angus breeds, including a parade of Highland and Hereford bulls. The Limousin pre-sale show will be held on the morning of Monday 6 May ahead of all the breed sales, which start from 10.30am.

The Stirling Bull Sales is supported by all-year sponsors Galbraith, Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy.

John Roberts, United Auctions’ Group Sales Director, said: “There will be a tremendous show of bulls forward this May with pedigree breeders making the journey to Stirling from the four corners of Scotland, Northern England and Oxfordshire. It’s also great to see that the numbers of Limousin, Salers, Charolais and Beef Shorthorn bulls forward are all up on the year. And we look forward to welcoming a Maine Anjou bull to this year’s line-up, a first for Stirling in the show and sale ring.”

 

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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: Morton Strachan pictured in 2013 with a Charolais bull at the Doune and Dunblane show where he was also a director.

Judges

Charolais- David Thornley, 30a Main Street, Hartshorne, Swadlincote

Simmental- James Wightman, Coxhill, Candie, Maddiston, Falkirk

Salers- James W Morton, Kaeside, Melrose

Beef Shorthorn- Stuart Macadie, Skaill, Thurso

Aberdeen-Angus- Stephanie Dick, Westerton, Cowie, Stirling

Limousin- Drew Hyslop, Boquhan Home Farm, Kippen

 

SHOW & SALE PROGRAMME

Friday 3 May

5 pm – Yard opens

 

Saturday 4 May

3 pm – Inspection of Charolais bulls

 

Sunday 5 May

8.30 am – Inspection of Simmental bulls followed by Maine Anjou bull

9.30 am – Inspection of Aberdeen-Angus bulls

10.30 am -Show of Charolais bulls

12 noon – Show of Simmental bulls followed by parade of Maine Anjou bull

12 noon – Inspection of Salers bulls followed by Beef Shorthorn, Highland & Hereford bulls

1.30 pm – Show of Salers bulls followed by parade of Highland & Hereford bulls

2 pm – Inspection of Limousin bulls

2.15 pm – Show of Beef Shorthorn bulls

3 pm – Show of Aberdeen-Angus bulls.

 

Monday 6 May

9 am – Show of Limousin bulls

10.30 am – Sale of Charolais bulls (48)

11.45 am – Sale of Simmental bulls (42), followed by Maine Anjou (1), Limousin (68 & 6 females), Salers (11), Beef Shorthorn (15), Highland (3 & 1 female), Hereford (1) & Aberdeen-Angus (45 & 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.

Strong line-up at Stirling Bull Sales – numbers up on the year

A strong selection of no less than 968 pedigree bulls and females will be on show and sale at United Auctions’ Stirling Bull Sales next month.

The biggest Bull Sales event in the UK will run over two weeks, from Sunday 3to Monday 4 February and from Sunday 16 to Tuesday 19 February at Stirling Agricultural Centre.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers expect to welcome around 12,000 Scottish, UK and international farmers, commercial buyers, pedigree enthusiasts visiting the City of Stirling with their families for the February event, which will feature ten pedigree breeds.

Going under the hammer in week one will be pedigree Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn, Hereford, Limousin, Lincoln Red, Luing and British Blue breeds while week two features pedigree Charolais, Salers and Simmentals.

The Stirling Bull Sales are supported by all-year sponsors Galbraith, Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy.

The February Sales sees an increase in numbers on the year with 107 head of Limousin bulls, the highest number forward for the breed since 2016.

Meanwhile, the number of pedigree Simmental females (59) and pedigree Beef Shorthorn females (53) forward are also up on the year.

The Sales also include a dispersal of the successful Alsnow herd of pedigree Charolais from the Northumberland-based Lawson family. Breeders and commercial buyers will have the opportunity to source good bloodlines that have produced high-selling bulls at the Stirling Sales when their 15 cows and 15 calves at foot will be knocked down by auctioneer Murray Rainnie on Tuesday 19 February.

John Roberts, United Auctions’ Group Sales Director, said: “With high breed clearances through the Stirling rings in the last few years, there is an increase in numbers forward across the breeds with a great range of genetics on offer from the pedigree females forward, including the dispersal sales.”

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

 

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Notes to editor

JUDGES

Aberdeen-Angus- Tom Arnott, Haymount, Kelso
Beef Shorthorn
- James Playfair Hannay, Morebattle Tofts, Kelso

Charolais- Michael Minto, Pillbox Cottage, Loxwood, Billinghurst

Limousin- James Thomson, Hilton of Beath, Kelty

Lincoln Red - Russell Taylor, Middlebank, Errol

Salers - James McDougal, Bassendean, Gordon

Simmental - Steven Sandison, Millburn, Harray, Orkney

 

SHOW AND SALE PROGRAMME

Week 1

Friday 1 February 

5 pm — Yard opens

 

Saturday 2 February 

7 am — Yard opens

11.30 am — Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection

2 pm — Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Lincoln Red and Luing bulls

 

Sunday 3 February  

9.45 am — Show of Aberdeen-Angus females followed by bulls

2 pm — Limousin bull inspection followed by British Blue bulls

2.30 pm — Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls and show of Lincoln Red bulls and females and parade of Luing bull

 

Monday 4 February              

10 am — Show of Limousin bulls followed by a parade of British Blue bulls

10.30 am — Sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls (144) followed by females (20)

11 am — Sale of Beef Shorthorn females (53) to include the part-dispersal of the Wavendon herd (8 cows + 6 calves at foot), followed by the sale of Lincoln Red females (4)

1 pm — Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (93) followed by Lincoln Red (8) and Luing (1) bulls

3 pm — Sale of British Blue bulls (4), Limousin bulls (107) followed by Limousin female (1)

 

Week 2

Friday 15 February 

5 pm — Yard opens

 

Saturday 16 February

7 am — Yard opens

12 noon — Simmental bull inspection followed by inspection of Simmental show females

 

Sunday 17 February

10 am — Salers bull inspection

10.30 am — Show of Simmental females followed by bulls

11.30 am — Charolais bull inspection followed by inspection of Charolais show females

2.30 pm — Show of Salers bulls

 

Monday 18 February

10.30 am — Sale of Simmental females (59 + 1 calf at foot)

11 am — Sale of Salers bulls (29) followed by Salers females (16)

12 noon — Show of Charolais females followed by bulls

12 noon — Sale of Simmental bulls (195)

 

Tuesday 19 February           

10.30 am — Sale of Charolais bulls (185) followed by females (27) to include the dispersal of the Alsnow herd (15 cows + 15 calves at foot)

 

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.

 

United Auctions Scotland's leading livestock auctioneers

Largest line-up of Aberdeen-Angus at Autumn Bull Sales 

United Auctions is set to host the largest number of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus bulls and females forward at the Stirling Bull Sales in October.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will welcome the bumper entry of Aberdeen-Angus bulls (98) and females (174) to Stirling Agricultural Centre where 771 pedigree bulls and females across eight breeds – including Beef Shorthorn, Limousin, Simmental, Charolais, Salers, British Blonde and Lincoln Red cattle – will be on show and sale from Sunday 21 October to Tuesday 23 October 2018.

The Stirling Bull Sales are supported by all-year sponsor Galbraith, the leading independent property consultancy.

The busy three-day programme begins on Sunday 21 October with the judging of Aberdeen-Angus in the morning and followed by Beef Shorthorn cattle and a parade of Salers, British Blue and Lincoln Red bulls in the afternoon. Their sales will be held on Monday 22 October.

The pre-sale show of Charolais bulls will be held on Monday morning followed by Simmental cattle in the afternoon with the sales of both breeds taking place the following day, on Tuesday 23 October.

Commenting on the significant increase of Aberdeen-Angus breed entries at the Autumn Bull Sales since the world-famous event relocated to Stirling Agricultural Centre, John Roberts, United Auctions’ Group Sales Director, said:

“The number of Aberdeen-Angus bulls forward this October is a testament to the breed gaining in popularity with demand for grass-fed beef continuing to grow as well as the increase in values that the Angus premium brings.”

“It’s also fantastic to see so many Aberdeen-Angus females being sold through the market system at Stirling, demonstrating the strength and importance of the sale ring.”

In line with this, a feature in the Autumn Bull Sales’ programme will be three dispersals of highly respected herds of Aberdeen-Angus and Simmental pedigree cattle.

Two dispersal sales of Aberdeen-Angus cattle will be held on Monday afternoon.

First in the ring will be the Moncur Aberdeen-Angus herd with 50 lots from GC Taylor (Farms) Ltd. This Perthshire-based herd, founded in 1992 by the late Mark Taylor, has a good history of selling at both Stirling and Perth and has seen success in both the sale and show ring as well as significant export trade with females and bulls.

Rounding up the Aberdeen-Angus sale will be the dispersal of the Ellon-based Schivas herd from Schivas Estates. With 101 lots, the sale is one of the largest staged by United Auctions at the Stirling Bull Sales in recent years and has been run on a commercial basis since it was established in 2001.

The Simmental female sale on Tuesday morning includes the dispersal of the renowned Mendick herd, totalling 38 lots. This long-established herd is run by The Dykes family at South Slipperfield, West Linton who featured in the popular BBC One series ‘Lambing Live’ in 2014.

David Brown, Sales Director at United Auctions will be wielding the hammer for the dispersals of the Moncur Aberdeen-Angus and Mendick Simmental herds. He said: The dispersal sales of pedigree cattle represent a great chance for buyers to source top-class Aberdeen Angus and Simmental genetics.”

 

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Notes to editor

Judges

Aberdeen-Angus- Noel Hooke, 10 Spirehill Road, Hillsborough, Co Down

Beef Shorthorn- John Scott, Fearn Farm, Fearn, Tain

Charolais- Will Short, Woodpark, Beragh, Omagh

Limousin- Michael Robertson, Mid Fodderletter, Tomintoul, Ballindalloch

Simmental- Norman Robson, 106 Cogry Road, Doagh, Ballyclare.

 

 

SHOW & SALE PROGRAMME

Friday 19 October

5 pm – Yard opens

 

Saturday 20 October

12-noon – Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection

2 pm – Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Lincoln Red bull inspection.

 

Sunday 21 October

8.30 am – Limousin bull inspection followed by British Blonde inspection

10 am – Charolais bull inspection

10.30 am – Show of Aberdeen-Angus females followed by bulls

12 noon – Simmental bull inspection followed by Salers bull inspection

1.30 pm – Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls

2.30 pm – Show of Limousin bulls followed by parade of Salers, British Blonde & Lincoln Red bulls.

 

Monday 22 October

10 am – Show of Charolais bulls

10.30 am – Sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls (98)

11 am – Sale of classes & drafts of Beef Shorthorn females (65) – including Chapelton (7), Glenisla (11), Dunsyre (10)

1 pm – Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (26) followed by Lincoln Red bull (1)

1 pm – Sale of classes & drafts of Aberdeen-Angus females (174 + 81 calves) including Gretnahouse (3), Glenhaven (10 + 10 calves), followed by dispersals from Moncur (50 lots) & Schivas (101 lots).

2 pm – Sales of Limousin bulls (66) followed by Limousin females (2 + 2 calves), British Blonde bulls (2) and Salers bulls (11)

2 pm – Show of Simmental females followed by bulls.

 

Tuesday 23 October

10.45 am – Sale of Charolais bulls (142)

11 am – Sale of classes & drafts of Simmental females (72 + 34 calves) including Boars Head (7), Kennox (4), Langalbuinoch (4), Cairnview (2), followed by Mendick dispersal (38 lots)

1 pm - Sale of Simmental bulls (112).

 

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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United Auctions’ Donald Morrison to “hang up the gavel” after 45 years

One of Scotland’s longest-serving auctioneers is to step out of the rostrum in the Autumn.

Donald Morrison of United Auctions will relinquish the selling aspect of his role serving the West Coast of Scotland, almost 45 years to the day since he started in the sale ring aged just 17 years old.

His last time in the rostrum for Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will take place on Friday 28 September 2018 on Islay.

However, crofters and farmers on the Islands, Dalmally and at Oban Mart will be pleased to know that Donald will be continuing with all his other roles and will still be their main operational contact for the West Coast sales.

The existing team of auctioneers, comprising Raymond Kennedy, Peter Wood, Ross Fotheringham, Derek Anderson and Richard Close, will conduct all the sales from September.

Donald Morrison, who has not yet reached retirement age, said: “The milestone of 45 years seems like a good time to hang up the gavel and step out of the box to let the next generation in. The team has been working together for a while now as part of the Company’s succession planning, so it will essentially be business as usual for our customers at the sales.”

He continued: “I’m often asked how long it takes to train as an auctioneer and the answer is: a lifetime. You’re never fully-fledged, there’s something new to learn every day because as farming changes, we have to change and adapt. I don’t think you can ever know it all. That’s why I’m looking forward to still being involved with the sales without being the man in the box, so I can, probably, enjoy it more – and keep learning.”

George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions, said: “Donald has worked tirelessly for nearly half a century on behalf of the crofters and farmers in the West Coast of Scotland. As an Islander himself, he inherently understands the needs of the community, how the area works and will continue to add to his impressive legacy.”  

 

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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

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.

 

 

(l-r) Jayne Gray, co-owner of Stirling Trailer Centre: Neil McLean, Chairman of United Auctions, Robin Gray, co-owner of Stirling Trailer Centre and George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions.

United Auctions welcomes Stirling Trailer Centre

Stirling Trailer Centre is relocating to a £1million purpose-built facility at United Auctions’ Stirling Agricultural Centre, creating three new jobs and taking their total workforce to 14.

The family-run company is the principal distributor of the market-leading Ifor Williams’ trailers in Central and West of Scotland with a large stock of new and used trailers for sale together with an extensive trailer spares department, servicing and repairs centre, commercial workshop, and a growing hire fleet.

The move from Bandeath Industrial Estate in Throsk to the standalone 8,000 sq. ft. premises in The Paddock at the headquarters of Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers ensures a modern, fit-for-purpose distribution service for the company’s expanding customer base, which extends from Perth to Mid Lothian, the Islands, the north of Glasgow, and Fife.

Stirling Trailer Centre joins national agri brands such as Galbraith, Johnston Carmichael, Ledingham Chalmers, Agricar and Carrs Billington who already call the Stirling Agricultural Centre home.

Jayne Gray, co-owner of the Stirling Trailer Centre with husband Robin, said: “Everyone knows where the Agricultural Centre is, with its central location and easy motorway access to and from the rest of Scotland. We’ll be much more accessible for thousands of farmers who can book a same-day service for their trailers while they do business at the mart.

“It also allows us to consolidate our growing range of services under one new roof, making the company more efficient, and giving us the ability to expand by adding more lines to meet customers’ needs – and to showcase over 100 trailers on the site.”

Neil McLean, Chairman of United Auctions who led on the tenancy and building project, which started over a year ago, said: “Jayne and Robin run a progressive, enterprising and growing company. What they’ve achieved is a great credit to their hard work and determination and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions, said: “We’re delighted Stirling Trailer Centre is relocating to Stirling Agricultural Centre. Its inclusion adds to the already impressive line-up of agri and rural services and perfectly complements our offering to the farming community.”

Plans are in development for an official open day later this year.

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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

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(l-r) Jayne Gray, co-owner of Stirling Trailer Centre: Neil McLean, Chairman of United Auctions, Robin Gray, co-owner of Stirling Trailer Centre and George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions.

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.

Photography by Whyler Photos of Stirling www.whylerphotos.com - 01786 474340

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

 

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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.