Ben­der­loch farmer puts up three High­landers at bull sale

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

STIR­LING this week wel­comes pedi­gree beef breeders as United Auc­tions hosts a May multi-breed show and sale.

The an­nual bull sale will see its largest line-up for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year at Stir­ling Agri­cul­tural Cen­tre.

Last year’s ex­panded for­mat has been ex­tended to three days to ac­com­mo­date the show and sale of 304 pedi­gree bulls and fe­males from Satur­day April 29 to Mon­day May 1, and it is spon­sored by Agricar.

Bull in­spec­tions take place on Satur­day while Sun­day will see an ex­trav­a­ganza of judg­ing with the pre-sale shows of Charo­lais, Sim­men­tal, Li­mousin, Salers and High­land cat­tle. The judg­ing of Aberdeen An­gus and beef shorthorn bulls will take place from 9am on Mon­day be- fore the sales of all nine breeds kick off at 10.30am.

The boost in en­tries is due to a record num­ber of pedi­gree Li­mousin bulls (75) and Aberdeen An­gus bulls (59) for­ward this year with Salers en­tries nearly dou­bled to 13.

Among those tak­ing part, ac­cord­ing to the cat­a­logue, Michael Poland, (Mot­ti­s­tone) Wester Fer­lochan, Ben­der­loch, who has en­tered three High­landers.

John Roberts, United Auc­tions’ group sales di­rec­tor, said: ‘This back-to-back boost in en­tries is down to the con­tin­ued sup­port of Scot­tish breeders and con­signors south of the bor­der for what is now firmly recog­nised as a sig­nif­i­cant pedi­gree cat­tle event in the farm­ing calendar.

‘The May bull sale has grown steadily year- on-year from 40 cat­tle in the early days to more than 300 for­ward this year. Buy­ers can be sure of a tremen­dous show of top qual­ity bulls from some of the finest herds show­cas­ing ex­cel­lent ge­net­ics.

‘It’s also great to see a bustling, na­tional event bring­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact to the city with ex­ist­ing ten­ants, neigh­bour­ing Stir­ling ven­dors and lo­cal busi­nesses all see­ing the eco­nomic ben­e­fit of an up­lift in com­merce.’

United Auc­tions is also hold­ing a com­mer­cial show and sale of Sim­men­tal breed­ing cat­tle on Mon­day May 1.

That sale and show is tak­ing place in sheep ring, and is spon­sored by Stir­ling Agri­cul­tural Cen­tre ten­ant Carrs Billing­ton.

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