Media Release: February Bull Sales sees biggest shorthorn entry for 40 years


UNITED Auctions (UA) is set to welcome more than 1,000 pedigree bulls and females from the UK’s leading herds at this year’s February Bull Sales.

The two-week national event is expected to attract around 12,000 Scottish, UK and international farmers, beef pedigree enthusiasts and visitors to the City of Stirling when Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers host the Spring Bull Sales at their headquarters – the Stirling Agricultural Centre – from Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th February and from Monday 20th to Tuesday 21st February.

The February Sales includes a bumper entry of 127 Beef Shorthorns, including 90 bulls – the highest number forward since 1970.

The Sales will also see the dispersal of the Hurdcott Herd from Lady Glendyne after 34 years of breeding. 53 lots of pedigree Aberdeen Angus, noted for their excellent commercial qualities that have produced champion bulls at Perth, will go through the sale ring on Monday 6th February.

David Leggat MBE, executive chair of UA, said: “We’re delighted with the numbers and quality of this year’s entries. It’s particularly pleasing to see resurgence of interest in the Shorthorn breed, as they were one of the original breeds on which the Perth Bull Sales were founded in 1865.

“We look forward to welcoming farmers from across the UK and beyond for what we expect to be an action-packed fortnight.”

Held under the auspices of the national breed societies, the February Bull Sales are again supported by the Bank of Scotland.

Customers and pedigree enthusiasts across the world can watch all the sales’ action via the live webcam accessed on UA’s website – www.uagroup.co.uk – while the latest show and sale news will be updated on UA’s Facebook page. Search for United Auctions.

Full catalogue details for the Sales are available to download from UA’s home page.

Opportunities for photographs will be available from Sunday 5th February onwards 




Aberdeen Angus – Mr Colin Hutchings, Kingsbrompton, Brompton Regis, Dulverton TA22 9NT

Beef Shorthorn – Charles Russell, Glenapp Farms Limited, Glenapp Estate Office, Ballantrae, Girvan, Ayrshire KA26 0NY

Salers – Mr Robert Milne, North Bethelnie, Old Meldrum, Inverurie AB51 0AN 

Simmental – Ms Bridget Borlase, Saccombe Hill Farm, Saccombe Hill, Watton at Stone SG14 3NL

Limousin – Mr Eric Norman, Little Orton Farm, Little Orton, Carlisle CA5 6EP

Charolais – Mr Martin Ryan, Copperfield House, Cabra Thurles, Co Tipperary, Eire

Show and sale programme

Sunday 5th February
8.30am Aberdeen Angus inspection
1 pm Beef Shorthorn inspection
Monday 6th February
8 am Show of Aberdeen Angus females followed by bulls
1.30pm Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls
2.45pm Collective sale of Aberdeen Angus females (15), a draft from Rawburn (5), the dispersal of the Hurdcott Herd (53) and a draft from Belhaven (4)
4.30pm Collective sale of Beef Shorthorn females (38)
Tuesday 7th February
8 am Salers, British Blue and Blonde inspection
10.30am Sale of Aberdeen Angus bulls (234)
2 pm Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (89) followed by sale of Hereford bulls (3)
3.45pm Limousin inspection
Wednesday 8th February
8 am Show of Limousin females followed by bulls
12 noon Show of Salers
1 pm Sale of Limousin bulls (105) followed by Salers bulls (12), British Blue bulls (4), Blonde bulls (2) followed by Limousin females (8), Salers females (12)
Sunday 19th February
9 am Simmental bull inspection
12.30pm Charolais bull inspection
5 pm Show of Simmental females
Monday 20th February
8 am Show of Simmental bulls
12 noon Show of Charolais females followed by bulls
1.30pm Sale of Simmental bulls (179) followed Simmental females (30) then drafts from Skerrington (11), Dirnanean (5), Broombrae (6) and Derwentwood (4)
Tuesday 21st February
10.30am Sale of Charolais bulls (256) followed by Charolais females (5)

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