Up and run­ning

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

SALES of sheep and cat­tle went ‘ very well’ at United Auc­tions’ first Oban mart on Tues­day, its ‘de­lighted’ di­rec­tor said.

SALES of sheep and cat­tle went ‘very well’ at United Auc­tions’ first Oban mart on Tues­day, its ‘de­lighted’ di­rec­tor said, and farm­ers hope it will keep the stan­dard up.

United Auc­tions (UA) re­placed Cale­do­nian Marts as the op­er­a­tor of Oban Live­stock Cen­tre, af­ter a shakeup by share­hold­ers at their AGM on May 30, fol­low­ing com­plaints of low stock num­bers and high com­mis­sion rates.

UA’s first sale at Oban Live­stock Cen­tre (OLC) on Mon­day (June 13) was con­ducted by auc­tion­eer Ray­mond Kennedy.

UA’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ge­orge Purves said: ‘The sales have gone very well for both sheep and cat­tle. It’s been well sup­ported by buy­ers and sell­ers. The prices are very good and the num­bers are up on the same time last year, and we hope to build on that.’

Don­ald Young, UA’s north of Scot­land man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, added: ‘ We are pleased to be here. There are a lot of peo­ple from all over the coun­try, from Aberdeen­shire right down to the Bor­ders. The qual­ity of stock in Oban has al­ways been known, and they are will­ing to come far for it. There is a good turnout of stock for the time of year. Prices will be well up on the year.’

One lamb and beef buyer from Ler­ags, Kather­ine Mac­don­ald of Dun­tar­rin Foods, agreed.

She said: ‘The prices have been very good for the seller. The auc­tion­eer is very good. It is busier, but this is only the sec­ond sale of the year. We will have to wait un­til the sea­son is over.’

A sheep seller, An­gus MacLarty of Ard­fern, was pleased fat lambs were fetch­ing 45p per kilo more than the same time last year, adding: ‘I came here be­cause it would be the best sale here in the past two to three years.’

OLC chair­man Dun­can Buchanan re­flected: ‘To­day has been good. There is a good ring­side of buy­ers and sell­ers. It is early days. If [ UA] keep this stan­dard up, it is a good de­ci­sion.’

Oban’s next sale is set for the start of the lamb sea­son on Au­gust 15.

Some of those at the first UA sale at Oban Live­stock Cen­tre.

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