UA sets date for opening auction
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.