Media Release: Stirling Bull Sales gears up for ‘hammer time’

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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.

Said David Leggat, executive chair of UA: “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 per cent 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 ten 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.


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

Notes to editors:


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 –

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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