Young auctioneers will lead the charge at next month’s Stirling Bull Sales.
United Auctions has taken the decision to allow a trio of next-generation auctioneers – Ross Fotheringham, 27, Raymond Kennedy, 27, and Murray Rainnie, 30 – to lead the sales on May 6-7. It coincides with 2018 being the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People.
Next month’s sale, supported by land agency Galbraith, has attracted 283 entries of pedigree bulls and females including a record entry of 73 Simmental bulls.United Auctions group sales director John Roberts said: “Handing the gavel for this set of sales to our next generation of leaders is a huge tribute. They may be young in years but they have solid experience of both pedigree and commercial sales.”
The judges for the two-day event are: Neil Blyth of Middleton House Farm, Elwick, Hartlepool, for Charolais; Chris Boyd, 9 Glebe Cottages, Ahoghill, Ballymena, for Simmental; John Duncan, Dyke Farm Cottage, Milton of Campsie, Glasgow, for Limousin; Ian Smith, Netherton, Whitehouse, Alford, for Salers; Cathryn Williamson, Balnespick Farm, Kincraig, for Beef Shorthorn; and Emma Hodge, Rulesmains, Duns, for Aberdeen-Angus.