Customers invited to get involved at Stirling Agricultural Centre
United Auctions is kicking off its #Challenge125 campaign today (Monday 27th June 2022) with a pledge from four members of staff to complete 10km a day over the next 60 days for the RSABI’s special initiative this summer for their 125th anniversary.
The team from Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers includes Auctioneer Ross Fotheringham, Group Director Christopher Sharp, Sales Administrator Ailsa Taylor and Group Director Donald Young.
From today until the Great Glen Challenge is held on Friday 26th August, they will each clock up 600km – a collective total of 2,400km - using exercise equipment at the Stirling Agricultural Centre.
The distance is the equivalent of each person running 14 marathons.
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RSABI is set to launch a special initiative during the summer in the run up to the Great Glen Challenge to celebrate their 125th anniversary this year.
The agricultural charity will be inviting people in the Scottish agricultural community to get behind its #Challenge125 initiative which will get underway on 23rd June on the opening morning of the Royal Highland Show and finish on 26th August when the Great Glen Challenge is held.
Breeders attending the May edition of the Stirling Bull Sales will see the second largest selection of entries forward at United Auctions’ Stirling Agricultural Centre.
294 pedigree bulls and females across seven breeds will go under the hammer from Sunday 1st to Monday 2nd May 2022.
Buyers need to continue to register to attend the two-day event from Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers.
Judging will take place on the Sunday for the Charolais, Simmental, Salers, Beef Shorthorn and Aberdeen Angus bulls while the Limousin pre-sale show of bulls will be held on the morning of Monday 2nd May. All sales will take place on Monday.
The Group Chairman of United Auctions is to stand down after five years, marking the end of his 37-year involvement with Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers.
Neil McLean, who was previously Joint Managing Director of the Company, will leave the post at the end of March 2022.
United Auctions will welcome a grand entry of 767 pedigree bulls and females forward for the Stirling Bull Sales at Stirling Agricultural Centre next month.
Hosted by Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers, the February Bull Sales will feature eight breeds of pedigree cattle on show and sale with week one held from Sunday 6th to Monday 7th February and week two running from Sunday 20th to Tuesday 22nd February 2022.
The Stirling Bull Sales is supported by Galbraith, Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy.
The two-week event will be held under Scottish Government guidance as a designated business event.
Customers who intend to buy livestock must pre-register. Although physical distancing requirements are due to be eased at the end of January in Scotland, all attendees are still legally required to wear a facemask at all times.
After a career spanning 48 years, Donald Morrison is set to retire from United Auctions at the end of year where he has served the west coast of Scotland since he was 17 years old.
Having stood down from his auctioneering role in 2018, Donald, who turned 65 in November, will pass on the baton for the west coast sales to the existing team of Raymond Kennedy, Peter Wood, Ross Fotheringham, Murray Steel and Derek Anderson who have been in place since 2016.
Donald’s last day as a Director of Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will be 31st December but he will continue to be a familiar face at the sale rings at Stirling, Dalmally, Oban, Islay, Tiree and Uist markets to buy livestock on behalf of farmers and crofters.
Donald Morrison, Area Managing Director for Argyll and the Islands, said: “It was always my plan to retire at 65 and although it’s the end of an era for me, customers will continue to be in the capable hands of this young, experienced team who have been working together for five years.
A Scout Group in Perth is gearing up to support the #LambForStAndrewsDay campaign to make Scotch Lamb the national dish for St Andrew’s Day with an overnight camp and cookout at a Perthshire hill farm.
The Riverside Explorer Scouts will receive a locally sourced lamb from United Auctions, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers who reignited the campaign in 2019.
Since then, it’s gone from strength to strength with this year’s campaign set to see thousands of consumers and more than 30,000 school children eating lamb as part of St Andrew’s Day events, thanks to the ongoing support of industry bodies the Institute of Auctioneers and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) as well as farming communities across Scotland.
The 35 young Explorers will be camping at Greenhill, Dunning, where they will be challenged to dish up two recipes - Scotch Lamb and crushed Garlic Pea Wrap and Oaty Scotch Lamb Burger with minty cucumber relish – using their campfire cooking skills.
RSABI has announced the prize winners for their Virtual Great Glen Challenge event.
People across the country walked, cycled, ran and kayaked on Friday 27 August raising over £22,000 to help RSABI provide vital emotional, practical and financial support to people in Scottish agriculture.
The team from United Auctions, which was made up of 33 staff, was the challenge’s biggest team. They won the award for most kilometres completed overall, clocking up an amazing 863 kilometres, and also for the most funds raised overall having raised a fantastic sum of over £5,700.
George Purves, Managing Director of United Auctions said: “Huge thanks to our generous customers who showed their support by donating £5726.
“This level of commitment from staff and supporters shows how important the RSABI’s work is to everyone in the agricultural community.
“We’re pleased to know that the funds raised will go towards helping our fellow agricultural workers, farmers and crofters in need of support in these difficult times.”
United Auctions will welcome 857 pedigree bulls and females forward for the live, trade-only Stirling Bull Sales from Sunday 17th October to Tuesday 19th October 2021.
Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers are able to re-introduce the pre-sale shows at Stirling Agricultural Centre and remove many of the previous restrictions as the Sales will remain a trade event.
In line with this updated designation for essential business events, pre-registered customers who intend to complete a transaction will be allowed to attend and enter the sales rings and the judging in the Exhibition Hall. Pedigree beef enthusiasts will be able to watch the shows online from the comfort of their homes.
No less than 40 members of staff at United Auctions are in training to take on the first-ever Virtual Great Glen Challenge as a Company on Friday 27th August.
Staff members from the Yard to the Board Room at Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will take part individually, and, like the Scottish rock duo The Proclaimers sing, they ‘will walk (run and cycle) 500 miles.’
United Auctions has completed terms with The British Horse Society (BHS) to open its first national operational hub for Scotland in the City of Stirling.
The UK’s largest and most influential equestrian charity will lease 1176 sq ft on the first floor of Stirling Agricultural Centre from May 2021.
The British Horse Society campaigns and lobbies on behalf of horses and those who care for them. Their network of more than 115,000 members help fund their work in education, equestrian welfare, access and safety.
In March this year, the charity released Horse i, a brand new app that enables equestrians to quickly and easily report any incidents that affect their safety.
The British Horse Society joins national agri brands including Galbraith, Johnston Carmichael, Ledingham Chalmers, Agricar and Carrs Billington who call Stirling Agricultural Centre home and complements equine-related businesses such as Stirlingshire Saddlery, the Stirling Trailer Centre and Clyde Veterinary Group.
United Auctions’ strict regulations and security controls will continue for the May Stirling Bull Sales, in line with Scottish Government guidance.
Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will see 248 pedigree bulls and females forward for the live sales at Stirling Agricultural Centre from Sunday 2nd to Monday 3rd May 2021.
With no pre-sale show, pedigree Charolais and Simmental cattle will go under the hammer on Sunday afternoon with a full sale day on Monday, starting with Salers females at 11am and followed by Limousin, Salers, Hereford and Beef Shorthorn bulls. The event closes with the sale of Aberdeen Angus bulls and females on Monday afternoon.
United Auctions will be enforcing a strict set of regulations and security controls to ensure the safety of staff and customers in order to facilitate a live Bull Sales this month.
The business-only auction, which does not include a pre-sale show, will see 635 pedigree bulls and females on sale at Stirling Agricultural Centre. The programme has been carefully designed by Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers to focus on safety, ensuring that customers are only present in the market to conduct their transactions.
Pedigree Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn, Lincoln Red, British Blue and Limousin breeds will be sold in week one from Saturday 20th to Monday 22nd February 2021. Week two takes place from Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th February 2021 with the sales of pedigree Simmental, Salers and Charolais breeds.
Five members of staff at United Auctions have each been recognised for more than 30 years of working at the Company - a cumulative 160 years of service to the agricultural industry.
The five, who each started at the Company straight from school, are: Yard Foreman John McCormack; Yard Manager John Stirton; Steven Pearson, Cashier; Maurice Gibb, Yardsman; and Clark Kerr, Office Manager.
Over the years they have been involved with 25 auction markets including all four markets in Stirling, Thurso, and Smithfield.
Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers presented their long service achievement awards at a special, socially distanced ceremony at Stirling Agricultural Centre.
Bill Jamieson is set to retire from United Auctions after an illustrious 50-year career in agriculture.
An integral part of the sales team, Sales Executive Bill Jamieson was originally planning to work his last day at United Auctions on Wednesday 27th May 2020 at the sale of store cattle at Stirling Agricultural Centre – two days after his 70th birthday. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, he will now be marking his last official day with the Company from home.
Glasgow-born Bill has lived in Stirling since he started working with the Company at Kildean mart in July 1989. He joined Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers after 20 years in farming.
United Auctions’ Stirling Bull Sales is set to host 886 bulls and females across seven pedigree breeds for show and sale at Stirling Agricultural Centre.
The event from Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will take place over two weeks from Sunday 2nd February to Monday 3rd February and continue from Sunday 16th February to Tuesday 18th February.
The Stirling Bull Sales is supported by Galbraith, Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy.
Week One opens with Sunday judging of Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn and Lincoln Red females and bulls on 2nd February with their sales held the following day.
Scottish Government, QMS and NFUS back call to urge retailers and families to join in
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
United Auctions will welcome a record entry of Aberdeen-Angus bulls for a second consecutive year at Stirling Bull Sales in October.
Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will also see entries of Beef Shorthorn, Limousin and Simmental bulls up on the year.
The Autumn Bull Sales start next month with 698 pedigree bulls and females across nine breeds on show and sale from Sunday 20th to Tuesday 22nd October 2019 at Stirling Agricultural Centre.
The Stirling Bull Sales is supported by Galbraith, Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy.
Sunday judging on 20th October will include Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn and Limousin cattle with their sales taking place the following day along with the sale of Maine Anjou, Lincoln Red, Salers and British Blond bulls.
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.
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.
A young team from United Auctions are ready and set to lead the field at this year’s Great Glen Challenge.
The cheeky ‘United Auctions Young Stirks’ from Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers are all Young Farmers under the age of 24.
And they even have their own mascot – heifer Castlemill Oasis – to help them raise the most funds and top the leaderboard.
Since 2012 the RSABI’s Great Glen Challenge has raised more than £300,000 to help people struggling to cope in Scottish agriculture.
The annual, one-day, action-adventure event will see 27 teams of four cycle, kayak, walk and run a 46km course between Fort Augustus and Fort William on Friday 30 August 2019.
The Young Stirks are: Kirsty Morton who will be walking; team captain Andrew Weir is running; Robbie Hamilton will be kayaking while Ailsa Taylor will be cycling.
Team captain Andrew Weir who is used to leading his heifer Castlemill Oasis now plans to lead the team to victory in August. He said:
“It’s a fun but tough challenge for all the competitors, so with our stamina and youthful energy we just hope the other teams don’t get too tired looking at our backs as they follow the leaders to the finish line.”
Stirling Bull Sales saw the inaugural presentation of the Morton Strachan MBE Memorial Quaich at Stirling Agricultural Centre this week.
The silver quaich was 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.
The McCornick family’s herd at Boreland, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart was awarded the Memorial Quaich for their Supreme Champion Charolais bull McCornick Nesquik, which later made the top price of 8,500gns in the sale ring.
The same family – father Martin and daughters Gemma and Kate who showed the bulls - also made the reserve champion with their bull McCornick Newyork.
Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers sold more than 200 pedigree bulls and females across nine breeds at the event, which ran from Sunday 5 to Monday 6 May. The Stirling Bull Sales is supported by Galbraith, Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy.
Picture caption: Morton Strachan’s daughter, Gillian Mailer, presents the Morton Strachan MBE Memorial Quaich with her sister Fiona Quinn (second left) and United Auctions’ John Roberts to Gemma McCornick and her Supreme Champion Charolais Bull, McCornick Nesquik
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.
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United Auctions is to host a charity auction at Dalmally Auction Mart in support of Scotland’s rural charity RSABI.
The auction of an original oil painting will be held during Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers’ Annual Sale of 1212 Blackface shearlings, aged rams and ram lambs on Saturday 20 October 2018.
‘Market Day at Dalmally’ has been donated by Alan Watson, former Managing Director of United Auctions, who was presented with the painting on his retirement from the Company in 1999 by colleagues and staff.
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.
Raymond Kennedy has been named the top student graduating in 2018 from Harper Adams University’s specialist livestock auctioneering course.
The MJ Thomson Award is given each year to the student who is deemed to have been the most deserving after achieving their certificate of higher education in professional studies for livestock market operations and management. Students work towards the qualification over four years while in full-time employment, and is seen as the professional standard for entry into the livestock auctioneering sector. The MJ Thomson award is awarded to a Scottish student while its equivalent is awarded south of the border by the Livestock Auctioneers Association.
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.
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.
United Auctions has enlisted a ‘crack commando auctioneering unit’ to compete in this year’s RSABI Great Glen Challenge 2018 in August.
The ‘soldiers of fortune’ from Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers have come out of the shadows on a mission to raise the most money for Scotland’s rural charity.
Now in its seventh year, the annual, one-day, action-adventure event will see teams of four bike, kayak, walk and run a 46km Highland course on Friday 31 August 2018 to help people in Scottish agriculture.
The uA-Team stars: team captain Jack Keane as John ‘Hannibal’ Smith on the running leg; Jenna Reid as ‘Face’ will be walking; Murray Steel will be cycling as ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock, and Chris Rogerson as B.A. Baracus ‘ain’t getting’ on no plane’, he’s kayaking.
Chris Rogerson / B.A. Baracus said: “Five years ago, United Auctions’ Rostrum Rascals won the trophy. This year the uA-Team ain’t in it to win it; no, fool, we’re in it to raise the money.
Team captain Jack Keane / ‘Hannibal’ added: “I love it when a plan comes together.”
So, if you can find them, maybe you can help the uA-Team…fundraise for RSABI. Follow their training and other exploits on YouTube, sponsor them at all United Auctions’ marts, and online at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/uATeam
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United Auctions is putting an experienced team of rising star auctioneers at the helm of the Stirling Bull Sales next month.
Scotland’s leading Livestock Auctioneers and Procurement Specialists are seeking conscientious and self-disciplined team players to join the Yard function of our Group headquarters at Stirling Agricultural Centre.
Scotland’s leading Livestock Auctioneers and Procurement Specialists are seeking an enthusiastic and energetic individual to join our team at Huntly Mart.
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.
All roads lead to Stirling as the City readies itself for an influx of more than 8000 visitors for United Auctions’ Stirling Bull Sales.
The Chairman of Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers, Neil McLean picked up the award for his ‘exceptional vision and leadership qualities within a pioneering business’.
The Board of Oban Livestock Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of United Auctions as new operators of Oban Mart.