9 November 2001

Hope for Perth bulls in February

PLANS are under way to hold Perth bull sales next February, subject to the venue retaining its foot-and-mouth free status and provided strict biosecurity measures are enforced.

Talks between United Auctions and the Scottish Office have been held in a "spirit of co-operation", according to UAs senior auctioneer David Leggat, who added that the discussions were ongoing.

"We are hoping to hold an event and will be writing to all our clients this week. We also intend to accept entries from outside Scotland, but on the understanding that they will be subject to disease free status being maintained," said Mr Leggat.

It is unlikely the sale will follow the usual format, he added, but would probably be spread over two or three weeks to reduce the concentration of livestock in the market at one time.

It is proposed that native breeds begin the spring sale during the first week of February.

"We plan to hold the show classes as usual which will give buyers the chance to see bulls on parade," said Mr Leggat. &#42