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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.

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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(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.

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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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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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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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New generation buy out United Auctions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About United Auctions

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales, and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services. In 2013, UA was named in the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’.

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Super-size entry at Autumn Bull Sales

856 Pedigree bulls and females on show and sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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UA strengthens Executive Team with six new Directors

United Auctions has strengthened its Executive Team with the appointment of six new Directors as part of the Company’s succession planning.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers have promoted Auctioneers David Brown, George Purves, John Roberts, Matt Stevenson and Donald Young to Group Sales Directors while Christopher Sharp becomes Administration Director.

The new team of Directors has a greater role and responsibility in shaping and achieving the strategic objectives of the Company.

Along with Donald Morrison, Area Managing Director for Argyll and the Islands, these appointments augment the existing experience already in place at senior level.

The new Directors will work alongside Group Joint Managing Directors Neil McLean and Robin Tough, and Executive Chairman David Leggat who have led the Company since completing an MBO in 2007.

Together, the new Executive Team represents some 170 years in agriculture.

UA’s Executive Chairman David Leggat said: “We’re pleased to see this experienced group joining the board to further strengthen the business going forward.

“It’s testament to how seriously we take our professional training and development programme that we’re able to look within the Company to find leadership talent with the right skills, contacts and knowledge at this level.”

In addition to their new executive duties, the team will continue their current remits.

David Brown and John Roberts deal with the commercial and pedigree cattle sales, including the prestigious Stirling Bull Sales.

George Purves and Matt Stevenson lead UA’s sheep sales with Mr Purves heading up Prime Sheep Sales and Mr Stevenson in charge of Store Sheep Sales while Donald Young manages the North of Scotland.

Christopher Sharp has a BA (Hons) in Business and heads up the Group’s admin function.

All the Directors are members of the Institute of Auctioneers and have completed the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme.

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Photo caption: The new directors at United Auctions are (standing l-r) David Brown, Christopher Sharp, John Roberts, Donald Young; (sitting l-r) Matt Stevenson and George Purves.

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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Miss Scotland to make market ‘debut’ at Dalmally

Miss Scotland, Ellie McKeating, is set to visit her first ever livestock sale when she attends Dalmally Mart next week.

United Auctions will welcome Miss McKeating to their Annual Show and Sale of around 6000 Cross Bred and Blackface Wedder Lambs and Feeding Sheep on Saturday, September 13th, 2014.

The visit to one of Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers’ important facility in the west, will form part of Miss McKeating’s induction to the industry in her role as a “Lambassador”, supporting Quality Meat Scotland’s ongoing promotion activities behind Scotch Lamb.

Miss McKeating has been meeting with farmers to learn more about the industry and the stockmanship skills involved in sheep farming and also took part in Scotch Lamb sampling events around the country during Love Scotch Lamb Weekend (August 23rd and 24th).

During her visit, Miss McKeating will experience the market system first-hand at the ringside, meet farmers from Argyll and the islands and view the quality livestock on offer before presenting the James Weir Memorial Trophy for the best pen of Blackface lambs.

Ellie McKeating, who was crowned Miss Scotland in May 2014, said: “I’m really looking forward to speaking to the farmers at my first market visit, seeing the livestock and learning more about where our wonderful Scotch Lamb comes from.”

Donald Morrison, Area Managing Director for Argyll and the Islands said: “We’re pleased to welcome Miss Scotland to Dalmally in what will be a strong line-up of top quality stock going through the mart. We’re looking ahead to a busy season of sales with the tup sale and calf sale in October so it’s a great introduction to the industry and particularly the west of Scotland.”

Auctioneer for the West of Scotland, Peter Wood said: “It’s great that Miss McKeating’s visit is highlighting the essential part that Dalmally plays in the area and I’m sure that she’ll enjoy the drama of the sale ring.”

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 Notes to editor

  • Picture caption: Ellie McKeating, Miss Scotland, in a Scotch Lamb branded dress.
  • The James Weir Memorial Trophy was introduced in 2010 to honour the late leading livestock auctioneer. Donated by Mrs Weir in memory of her husband, it is an annual prize at the sale to mark Jimmy’s involvement and passion for the area and the mart.

 

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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Pink ‘Lassies’ defend UA title in Great Glen Challenge 2014

A feisty quartet of lassies from United Auctions (UA) is ready to show that ‘girls rule and boys drool’ as they don Pink Ladies’ outfits to defend the winners’ title at the RSABI Great Glen Challenge 2014 next week.

UA’s team, branded ‘Leading Livestock Lassies’, is one of the first all-female teams to compete in the annual charity event that sees teams of four walk, run, kayak and cycle a 63km Highland course on August 29th.

The Lassies will be popping the collars of their pink jackets and bringing their ‘Greased Lightnin’’ attitudes to prove that girls ‘rule the school’ by retaining the trophy won by UA’s Rostrum Rascals last year.

The Livestock Lassies are made up of team captain Louise Mercer (23), Christine Struthers (25), Zara Stewart (20) and Rachel Mann (37), who is not pictured.

They are competing with 20 teams representing 12 rural organisations and businesses to win the event and raise the most money for Scotland’s rural charity.

Fundraising has already started and the Lassies are keen to beat the boys’ winning total of £4,000. Louise Mercer said:

“We’re a competitive lot so this is already a great laugh as it’s become a battle of the sexes in the office.

“The bar was set high by the boys last year but we’re strong, young lassies and we intend to give them a run for their money so we can raise that trophy and the much-needed cash for such an important cause.”

To sponsor the Livestock Lassies, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Unitedauctions

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  • Picture caption: Here come the girls: (l-r) Team captain Louise Mercer, Zara Stewart and Christine Struthers at Carrat Farm, Stirling, courtesy of David Turner.
  • RSABI is the Scottish charity which provides financial support, advice and friendship to improve the lives of individuals and their dependents, where these individuals rely, or have relied, upon land based employment and who through age, injury, illness or other misfortune, now experience hardship. Contact:  www.rsabi.org.uk or 0131 472 4166.
  • The teams are Bank of Scotland Agriculture, two CKD Galbraith including one all-female team, Davidsons Animal Feeds, Davidson & Robertson Rural, Geoghegans Accountants, Ledingham Chalmers solicitors, three NFU Mutual teams, three NFU Scotland teams, four Royal Bank of Scotland teams, The Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs, Scene & Herd PR, The Scottish Farmer and United Auctions.
  • The event is sponsored by solicitors, Ledingham Chalmers.
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United Auctions teams up with Stirling County RFC to develop club rugby

United Auctions are stepping up their support of club rugby by becoming the new main sponsor of Stirling County RFC.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers, who have recently been named as one Scotland’s top SMEs by the London Stock Exchange, have completed a three-year deal to partner with Stirling County, one of Scotland’s top premiership rugby clubs.

The deal recognises the long-term association UA has in Stirling and with their local rugby club as well as their rural and farming connection.

The company’s sales manager and auctioneer Matt Stevenson is a former 1st XV player with Stirling County who went on to referee at the highest level.

Neil McLean, Group Joint Managing Director of UA, said: “The company has operated in Stirling for many years and has always had a strong link with Stirling County. We are very proud to be the new main sponsor for Stirling County as it reflects our local and rural connection with the Club and builds on our support of their British and Irish cup campaign.”

Kevin Robertson, President of Stirling County said: “We are absolutely delighted that such a well-known and respected local company has taken over as main sponsor of Stirling County. This support from United Auctions will allow the Club to further build on its successful rugby development programme across all levels and enable Stirling County’s teams to compete at the highest levels. We look forward to working with United Auctions to bring further success to Bridgehaugh Park.”

Stirling County has more than 100 senior playing members and in excess of 300 juniors regularly playing the sport at Bridgehaugh Park.

The Club’s 1st XV play in the top tier BT Premiership and famous internationalists who have worn County colours include George Graham, Allister Hogg, Ian Jardine, Alastair Kellock, Kenny Logan, Kevin McKenzie, James McLaren, John Barclay, Richie Gray and David Denton.

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Notes to editor

  • Picture caption: Neil McLean and Matt Stevenson of United Auctions with Club President Kevin Robertson

 

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

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’.

About Stirling County RFC

Stirling County is one of Scotland’s top rugby clubs with the 1st XV play in the top tier BT premiership. Their Under-18 and Under-16 sides compete in the National Youth Leagues, while County’s Women’s team play at the top level in the Premier League. Stirling County’s 2nd XV compete in the National Reserve League One and the development 3rd XV play in the Caledonian Midland League. County’s Under-15s play in the age-grade Caledonia League, and the Club’s Midi Rugby (S1 and S2) and Mini Rugby (Primary 3 to 7) teams have a full programme of fixtures and tournaments. Stirling County has also forged strong links with local communities and schools and through the club’s outreach rugby development programme has introduced rugby to young players from all local areas and backgrounds who are encouraged to play rugby at Bridgehaugh Park.

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More investment at Dalmally Mart

United Auctions is undertaking a major upgrade of the roof and parking facilities at Dalmally auction mart.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers is improving the roof over the main sale ring at the centre, while the car park is being upgraded and extended to accommodate more vehicles on busy sale days.

Dalmally mart is recognised as a principle market for the procurement of store cattle and lambs, breeding cattle and sheep as well one of the main centres for the well-known Blackface Ram Sales. It also provides an essential facility for marketing stock from the islands, which is supplemented by facilities at Oban, including livestock trailers to ferry animals to and from the islands and an overnight lairage facility for animals being transported to the Dalmally sales.

The improvements are the latest in a series of investments at the centre, which include a new sale ring, metal pens, upgraded concrete resurfacing, a new washing system and weighing equipment as well as a new kitchen and eatery, since UA purchased it in September 2007.

Donald Morrison, UA’s Area Managing Director for Argyll and the Islands, said: “The continued investment at Dalmally reflects the very important role it plays in the area. In addition, we’ve recently introduced Peter Wood as the ‘Dalmally man’ responsible for the sales.

“Once the scaffolding is down and the upgrades are complete, we’re looking forward to welcoming more breeders to the mart and a further increase in throughput this autumn.”

Peter Wood, Assistant Manager, said: “I’m delighted to be the dedicated contact for Dalmally. After spending seven years in Aberdeenshire, I’ve made lots of contacts and have a good working knowledge of the country to attract clients to Dalmally.”

The upgrades will be completed in time for Dalmally’s principle spring sale of grazing cattle with an entry of some 400 cattle on 3 May.

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Issued by JK Consultancy Ltd on behalf of United Auctions. 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 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.