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UA’s ‘Ross-trum’ Rascal graduates as Fellow

Newly qualified UA auctioneer Ross Fotheringham receives his FIA (Scot) certificate from Past President of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers Scotland (IAAS) and Executive Chairman of United Auctions David Leggat.

New Fellow Ross (23) joined United Auctions aged 17 as a trainee auctioneer and completed the four-year, distance-learning degree from Harper Adams University in Shropshire under the mentorship of UA Sales Manager and Auctioneer George Purves.

He covers the east of Scotland as a sheep and cattle auctioneer and has gained experience selling both commercial and pedigree stock, including at the Stirling Bull Sales in February. Last year he led the UA team, Rostrum Rascals, to victory at RSABI’s Great Glen Rural Challenge.

David Leggat said: “We’re really pleased that Ross has achieved his Fellowship of the IAAS and it’s great to see the progress being made by him and his peers of young auctioneers as they play an important role in the future of the business.”

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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.

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Two new businesses launch at Stirling Agricultural Centre

A tractor dealership and Vet Group are open for business at United Auctions’ expanded Stirling Agricultural Centre as the company’s standalone development is completed.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers have welcomed Agricar to a brand new development, while Clyde Vet Group have opened a ground floor reception office in the main Centre.

Agricar Ltd has relocated to Stirling, having outgrown its existing premises off the A84 in Doune. Its new single storey 6,372 sq ft outlet, located on the Centre’s front paddock, affords easy access for both customers collecting parts and heavy goods vehicles delivering machinery.

The purpose-built premises have been designed to provide the ideal showroom, displaying the full range of vehicles the company supplies. Agricar’s eight members of staff have relocated with the business and the company will be recruiting as it continues to grow. Their 7th Agricar Show will be held at the Agricultural Centre on May 3rd.

In the main Centre, Unit 2A-2B is the new home of Clyde Vet Group, a bespoke farm animal service, which specialises in dairy cattle fertility, semen testing of cattle and sheep, mobile foot trimming health planning and preventative medicine. A new business for Stirling, it has expanded beyond its Lanark base to better service its clients in the area.

While there are no facilities to treat animals at the unit, it instead serves as the hub from which a dedicated team of three vets attend on-farm visits and includes a laboratory for speedy in-house sampling and a small dispensing pharmacy. It is also the base for the company’s new out of hours emergency service. Two new receptionists recruited from the local area man the hub during office hours and an official opening day for existing clients will be announced later in the year.

The Stirling Agricultural Centre is already home to a range of professional agricultural brands including Carrs Billington, CKD Galbraith, Johnston Carmichael and Ledingham Chalmers.

Neil McLean, Group Joint MD of UA, said: “The expansion of the Agricultural Centre is a significant investment in the local and agricultural economy and allows for the growth of three agri-businesses – United Auctions, Agricar and Clyde Vet Group – all of which provide essential services to the farming community. We’re delighted to welcome them to Stirling.”

Derek Johnston, Director of Agricar said: “We’re continually striving to take our business forward as shown in our recent investments in Blairgowrie, Dundonald and Perth. The Stirling Agricultural Centre is the ideal site for growth, not only on in terms of location, but also for the portfolio of agricultural businesses in one place. A big deciding factor was forging a longer-term partnership with a go-ahead company like United Auctions.”

Charles Marwood of Clyde Vet Group said: “With the natural expansion of our client base into North Lanarkshire, Falkirk and West Lothian, the launch of an office hub at the Stirling Agricultural Centre makes perfect sense, with its good transport links, essential for quick and easy access to our clients in the area. Along with the high footfall at the busy Centre and the brand awareness that being located there affords, the unit also gives us room to grow.”

Work started on the development in September 2013 and was completed in March 2014.  It was project managed by CKD Galbraith and the team included MacDuff Architects, Brownriggs, Campbell of Doune with Algo as contractors.

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Picture caption: (l-r)Colin Duthie, Agricar’s Perth/Stirling Branch Manager, Neil McLean of United Auctions, Frey Peto and Charles Marwood of Clyde Vet Group.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes to editor

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

About United Auctions – http://www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes to Editor:

Judges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Show and sale programme

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

About United Auctions – http://www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The track is out now on FatCat Records.

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

Notes to editor

About United Auctions – www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.

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United Auctions named in 1000 inspiring companies list

United Auctions (UA) has been featured in a landmark report ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ by the London Stock Exchange.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers is one of only 61 companies named in Scotland.

The inaugural list celebrates progressive and dynamic SMEs in the UK.

United Auctions rubs shoulders with notable names like Brewdog, Iomart Group plc and Hunter Boots

To be included in the unranked list, inspiring companies had to meet a range of criteria over the last four years.

Xavier Rolet, CEO of London Stock Exchange Group said: “Our report seeks, for the first time, to identify 1,000 of the most exciting small and medium-sized companies in the UK…We are looking for the innovators of tomorrow.”

The report represents a diverse economy in the UK and features 97 industries, encompassing food production and trade, art, fashion and retail, and technology, media and communication.

Neil McLean, Group Joint Managing Director at United Auctions said: “We’re surprised and delighted to feature amongst such an impressive peer group. To be singled out within the farming sector in this way is a real testament to our staff and our relationship with customers.”

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

 

NOTES TO EDITOR

  • Picture caption: (L-R) UA’s group joint managing directors Robin Tough and Neil McLean with executive chairman David Leggat.

 

  • The report was compiled and audited by UK software company Growth Intelligence, which uses real-time data such as email traffic and financial transactions to assess how companies are expanding.

 

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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Stirling Bull Sales gears up for ‘Hammertime’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOTES TO EDITOR

Judges

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

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

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

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

Charolais – John Jeffrey, Kersknowe, KELSO TD5 8AA

Show and sale programme

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

 

About United Auctions – www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.

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United Auctions goes 007 for RSABI Great Glen Rural Challenge

A team of five auctioneers from United Auctions (UA) is swapping their white coats, gavels and crooks for James Bond style morph suits to compete in a one-day charity event in the Highlands next week.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will be shaken, not stirred in their skin-tight tuxedo costumes, which leave little to the imagination, when they take part in RSABI’s Great Glen Rural Challenge on August 30th.

Named the Rostrum Rascals, UA’s team is walking, running and cycling a 60km route along the Great Glen between Clunes and Dores.

They are competing with nine other organisations and businesses in the rural sector to win the challenge and to raise the most money for Scotland’s rural charity RSABI, which supports people who have depended on the land.

UA’s secret service Rascals, which comprises auctioneers and sales executives Richard Close (31), Ross Fotheringham (23), Luke Holmes (24), Murray Rainnie (26) and Peter Wood (34), have already raised half their fundraising target of £1000 but know there is still a long way to go.

Team captain Ross Fotheringham, who started the team’s social media campaign with a video pledge on UA’s Facebook page, said:

“We ‘re not the fittest bunch, but I reckon we’re the toughest and we’re really competitive.”

“The lads aren’t that keen on the costumes, but we’re channeling the inner Bond. We’re training hard like the elite athletes we are! A little self humiliation and a lot of fun go a long way for a great cause that’s close to our own and our customers’ hearts.”

To sponsor the Rostrum Rascals, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Rostrumrascals

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Notes to Editor

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

  • 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.
  • Teams of 4 (+ 1 supporting member) will complete a total of 60km along the Great Glen through beautiful Highland scenery.
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UA launches £500,000 fund for new entrant farmers

United Auctions (UA) are launching their own loan scheme to help young farmers start up in livestock farming today (Tuesday, June 18th 2013).

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers have secured the £500,000 fund as part of their long-standing livestock financing arrangement with Bank of Scotland.

It will address one of the key barriers to entry to agriculture by providing the chance for new entrants to access much-needed finance at start-up for purchasing livestock.

The loan can then be repaid with the sale of the animals.

UA’s initiative was inspired by and intends to complement the Scottish Government’s new entrants’ scheme, which aims to work with industry to lower barriers to entry and get more young people working in the food and farming sectors.

And the company has already provided support for two new entrants who were successful in gaining starter farm tenancies through the Forestry Commission Scotland’s Starter Unit Initiative.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of UA, said: “It’s crucial to invest in the next generation of farmers as a priority. This new fund allows us to play our part in making it easier for talented, young people to gain access to capital and start a career in livestock farming.”

Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead MSP, said: “New and young farmers are key to the future of the industry in Scotland. We need their enthusiasm, new ideas and fresh approach to compliment the great work that already goes on within the sector.

“The rural economy is crucial to Scotland and the Scottish Government is committed to attracting more young people into agriculture. I welcome United Auctions’ announcement, they are clearly backing up their words with action. I hope this encourages other businesses to do the same. This funding will complement the £2 million package of support that I have provided and will help new entrants establish a sound footing in the industry.”

 

George Lyon MEP said: “Securing support for new entrants and young farmers has been at the centre of our negotiations on the future CAP in Brussels over the last six weeks and we are making good progress in securing a substantive package of financial support to help get more young people into our industry.

“United Auctions are to be congratulated on their new scheme, which will provide a financial leg up to young farmers trying to buy breeding stock.”

He continued: “Ensuring that new entrants get access to vital financial support such as this is essential to the future of Scotland’s farming industry.”

 

Nigel Miller, President of NFU Scotland said: UA’s bold initiative has broken through one of the growing barriers that lock new entrants out of farming. The finance package for funding livestock creates an exciting new opportunity for our future farmers to establish and grow and can breathe new life into the sector.”

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NOTES TO EDITOR

Issued on behalf of United Auctions by JK Consultancy. For further information please contact:

Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full catalogue details for the Sales are available on the pedigree page of UA’s website along with access to the sale ring’s live webcam. And UA’s Facebook page will share as-it-happens news and updates. Opportunities for photographs are available from Sunday 5th May.

 

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

 

NOTES TO EDITOR

Judges

Charolais Stuart Barclay, South Road, INSCH AB52 6XF

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

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

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

 

Show and sale programme

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

 

About United Auctions – www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.