UA Hosts Delegation from China’s Ministry of Agriculture in Stirling


United Auctions (UA) recently welcomed a delegation of 14 animal scientists from China at the Stirling Agricultural Centre on a fact-finding mission about Scotland’s auction market operations.

The Beijing delegates from China’s Ministry of Agriculture met with Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers for a sit-down, technical discussion followed by a tour of the sheep ring during the Centre’s prime sheep auction to witness sale operations first hand.

With the help of an interpreter from London, the high profile group spent more than an hour with UA’s Executive Chairman David Leggat, discussing protocols for controlling cattle movement, traceability and the principle of organised livestock marketing.

They were particularly interested in UA’s Bull Sales as market leaders for animal health.

Mr Leggat was presented with a gift of Chinese pottery, signifying good luck, to commemorate the visit.

David Leggat MBE, Executive Chairman of United Auctions, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the delegation from Beijing to the City of Stirling and share best practices in animal science, health and welfare.

“At a time when cultural, environmental and commercial relations between China and Scotland are so important, we’re pleased to play our part in developing agricultural links between our two countries.”

Following the visit to the Agricultural Centre, the delegation took in the sights at Stirling Castle.


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United Auctions –
• United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists. We operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban
• The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree sheep and cattle, and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services
• Group turnover is in excess of £100 million and in 2008 we celebrated our 150th year in operation