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Support Goes National for Scotch Lamb on St Andrew's 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

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Record Entry of Angus Bulls at Stirling Bull Sales - October 2019

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Auctioneer Matt Stevenson to retire from United Auctions - September 2019

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.

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Young Stirks Line Up For Great Glen Challenge - August 2019

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.”

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Morton Strachan Memorial Quaich - 5-6 May 2019

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.

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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
 

United Auctions Introduces Morton Strachan Memorial Quaich - May 2019

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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Art at Dalmally Mart for RSABI - October 2018

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. 

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Largest line-up of Aberdeen-Angus at Autumn Bull Sales - 2018

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. 

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Harper Adams Graduate Receives Prestigious Livestock Industry Award - 2018

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.

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United Auctions’ Donald Morrison to “Hang up the Gavel” after 45 years - 2018

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.

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United Auctions welcomes Stirling Trailer Centre - 2 July 2018

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.

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  • uA-Team takes on Great Glen Challenge - 2018


    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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  • Next generation take the hammer for May Bull Sales

    23 April 2018

    United Auctions is putting an experienced team of rising star auctioneers at the helm of the Stirling Bull Sales next month.

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  • Modern Apprentice Yard Workers/Livestock Personnel 

    18 April 2018

    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. 

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  • Yard Manager Huntly

    18 February 2018

    Scotland’s leading Livestock Auctioneers and Procurement Specialists are seeking an enthusiastic and energetic individual to join our team at Huntly Mart.

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  • “Top Bulls” Line Up for Stirling Bull Sales

    23 January 2018

    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.

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  • “Unrivalled Choice” At Stirling Bull Sales

    02 October 2017

    All roads lead to Stirling as the City readies itself for an influx of more than 8000 visitors for United Auctions’ Stirling Bull Sales.

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  • United Auctions wins Business Leader Award

    25 September 2017

    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’.

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  • OLC appoints United Auctions to operate Oban Mart

    30 May 2017

    The Board of Oban Livestock Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of United Auctions as new operators of Oban Mart.

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