Record numbers for May bull sales

United Auctions’ May bull sales next month is set to stage a record number of entries and a new format extended over two days.

And, in a first for the Bull Sales, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will host the official show and sale of Highland cattle as part of the national event.

To accommodate the largest-line up in the history of the event, the format has been expanded and will take place at Stirling Agricultural Centre from Sunday, May 1st to Monday, May 2nd 2016.

The Multi-Breed event is sponsored by Agricar.

Pre-sale judging of Charolais, Simmental and Highlanders will take place on Sunday afternoon while the shows of Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn and Limousin livestock will be held on Monday morning, followed by all sales.

John Roberts, Sales director and auctioneer at UA said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Highland breed to the Centre for their first pedigree sale. The addition to the May Bull Sale of this much-admired breed speaks volumes about the event’s growth in popularity from its very modest beginnings.

“No less than 132 of the UK’s leading herds have consignments forward. We anticipate a comprehensive show of excellent bulls with genetics that will have wide appeal to beef producers.”

20 pedigree Highland bulls and females will go under the hammer of Dalmally-born auctioneer Raymond Kennedy at 10.45 on Monday morning.

Judges are as follows:

Highland - Jim McMillan, Craigmore, Farnell, Brechin,

Charolais - Wallace Brown, Barrance, Newton Mearns, Glasgow,

Simmental - Daffyd Jones, Maesllymystyn, Foel, Welshpool,

Limousin - Kevin Bates, 1 The Whinney, Rosley, Wigton,

Aberdeen-Angus - Ken Howie, Cairnton, Lumphannan, Banchory,

Beef Shorthorn - Geoff Riby, Low Stonehills, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington,

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban.