Stirling’s pedigree bull sales will return to a more familiar format later this month when 857 of the country’s best breeding bulls and females enter the ring.
United Auctions (UA) have reinstated the pre-sale shows and removed many of the previous restrictions at the sales which will run from October 17 – 19, but the event will be accessible to trade only and masks will have to be worn at all times.
Pedigree enthusiasts who usually spectate around the ring will have to watch the sales and shows online instead as only pre-registered customers who intend to complete a transaction will be able to enter the rings or view the judging in the exhibition hall.
Online bidding will be available but buyers are required to pre-register via www.uagroup.co.uk/sale-attendance and complete the “know Your customer” checks at least 24 hours before the sales take place.
UA’s group sales director, John Roberts said many buyers were looking forward to the return of the judging in October.
He added:“Two highlights of the sales will be the dispersal of the Blelack herd of Aberdeen Angus females and the production sale of Lochend Charolais females.
“Both will offer breeders an excellent opportunity to invest in exceptional prize-winning bloodlines.”
Cattle from the Lochend herd based at Lochend Farm, Port of Menteith, Stirling have featured regularly at Stirling sales, and sold to a top of 22,000gns for Lochend Hickory.
All herd heifers born in 2019 and 2020 are being offered at the production sale.
The dispersal of 120-strong Blelack herd of Aberdeen Angus from father and son Neil and Graeme Massie at Dinnet, near Aboyne, will be sold immediately following the Aberdeen-Angus females sale on Monday October 19.
Shows and sales
The event will kick off the with pre-sale shows on Sunday October 17, with Aberdeen-Angus in the morning, and Beef Shorthorn followed by Limousin on Sunday afternoon.
The show of Charolais bulls and Simmental females will take place on Monday October 18.
The sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls will feature on the Monday morning with Beef Shorthorn females, Lincoln Red bulls and females, Salers bulls and Limousin bulls and females going under the hammer in the afternoon.
The final day, Tuesday October 19, opens with the sale of Charolais bulls followed by the Simmental breed sales and it closes with the sale of Charolais females.