UA sets date for open­ing auc­tion

The Oban Times - - Farming -

UNITED Auc­tions has promised to rein­vig­o­rate sales at Oban Live­stock Cen­tre, af­ter share­hold­ers en­dorsed its bid to re­place Cale­do­nian Marts as its op­er­a­tor.

The de­ci­sion was made at the Up­per Soroba cen­tre’s AGM held on May 30.

The cen­tre’s chair­man, Dun­can Buchanan, said: ‘Given the chal­lenges faced by the in­dus­try in the fu­ture, we are pleased to work with United Auc­tions and hope that our cen­tre pros­pers for the ben­e­fit of our share­hold­ers.’

George Purves, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of United Auc­tions, said: ‘ We are de­lighted to be the new op­er­a­tors of Oban mart and are com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing Oban Live­stock Cen­tre and the lo­cal econ­omy for the farm­ers and crofters in the West of Scot­land and the is­lands.

‘Our pri­or­ity is to rein­vig­o­rate the sales to make them more ef­fec­tive and well at­tended. We be­lieve com­pe­ti­tion comes from a large ring of buy­ers and we will use our ex­ten­sive cus­tomer net­work, ex­pe­ri­ence and mar­ket­ing ex­per­tise to at­tract more buy­ers to the sales.

‘Our per­ma­nently-based staff in the west, in­clud­ing Ray­mond Kennedy, will be sup­ported by our se­nior man­age­ment team and our cat­tle and sheep teams as re­quired. We will also work with ex­ist­ing staff at Oban to op­er­ate the sales and the day-to­day run­ning of the op­er­a­tion.’

The first sale to take place with United Auc­tions run­ning the auc­tion­eer­ing ser­vice will be on Tues­day June 13.

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