Media Release: Rural Cabinet Secretary to host Q&A at Stirling Bull Sales


THE Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs is set to take part in a public question-and-answer session with farmers on the first day of the Stirling Bull Sales (Monday 3rd February).

Richard Lochhead MSP will be guest of honour at the national event, which runs from Monday 3rd February to Tuesday 4th February and continues on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th February at Stirling Agricultural Centre.

As well as viewing the show and sale, Mr Lochhead will host a question and answer session on Monday afternoon, giving farmers attending the event the chance to ask him questions about key agricultural issues, including CAP reform.

The Spring Bull Sales will offer 1,004 pedigree bulls and females on show and sale over the two-week event. Run under the auspices of the breed societies, the Stirling Bull Sales are hosted by United Auctions and sponsored by Bank of Scotland.

A new feature introduced by the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society this February is the Parade of Pairs of Bulls on Sunday 2nd, which aims to show off the stock and forms part of the buyers’ research in choosing the right bull at the sale on the following Tuesday.

And the new, condensed format in week one this year will provide a wide range of bulls for sale on a single day, improving the choice for buyers and helping save time and expense for buyers and exhibitors alike.

Said David Leggat, executive chair at UA: “The compact format in the first week will suit the buying public down to the ground. It’s not many agricultural shows that can offer access to 370 of the best pedigree bulls for sale in the country in one day.

“The Sales are a terrific forum for agriculture so we’re delighted to facilitate a Q&A with the minister for our customers and very pleased to welcome Provost of Stirling Mike Robbins as a special guest on Tuesday 4th February.”


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Aberdeen-Angus – Ian Campbell, Thrunton Farm, Whittingham, ALNWICK NE66 4RZ

Beef Shorthorn – Geoff Riby, Low Stonehills Farm, Fraisthorpe, BRIDLINGTON YO15 3QR

British Blue – Ian McGarva, Nether Abington, Abington, BIGGAR ML12 6SE

Charolais – Roy Milne, Kennieshillock, Lhanbryde, ELGIN IV30 3LJ

Hereford – Fraser Sangster, Badenkep, Buchlyvie, STIRLING FK8 3NT

Limousin – Gary Oag, Brims Mains, THURSO KW14 7XL

Salers – Andrew Sleigh, Newseat of Tolquhon, Tarves, ELLON AB41 7LP

Simmental – John Rixon, Lopemede Farm, THAME OX9 3SH

Show and sale programme

Sunday 2nd February
9am Aberdeen-Angus bull inspection
11.30am Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Hereford bulls
2pm Limousin inspection
Parade of pairs of Aberdeen-Angus bulls – time to be confirmed
Monday 3rd February
8am Show of Aberdeen-Angus females followed by bulls
1pm Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by Beef Shorthorn bulls and Hereford bulls
3pm Collective sale of Aberdeen-Angus females (28)
4pm Collective sale of Beef Shorthorn females (57)
Tuesday 4th February
9am Show of Limousin females followed by bulls
10.30am Sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls (149)
1pm Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (98) followed by Luing (1) & Hereford bulls (10)
2.30pm Sale of Limousin bulls (112) followed by females (12)
Sunday 16th February
9am Simmental bull inspection
12 noon Inspection of Salers, British Blue bulls
12.30pm Charolais bull inspection
4pm Show of Salers bulls followed by femailes followed by British Blue bulls
5pm Show of Simmental females
Monday 17th February
8am Show of Simmental bulls
12 noon Sale of Salers bulls (11) followed by females (5) followed by British Blue bulls (7)
12 noon Show of Charolais females followed by bulls
1pm Sale of Simmental females (55)
1.30pm Sale of Simmental bulls (175)
Tuesday 18th February
10.30am Sale of Charolais bulls (233) followed by females (36)

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