Trade Talk: Stirling Bull Sales

By David Leggat Executive Chairman United Auctions

Against a background of difficulties, with many factors affecting the industry, we saw a pretty sound sale driven by a lot of good commercial bidding.

It has been clear at tup and bull sales that people are thinking ahead, working hard at their businesses and looking for the best stock.

It was obvious that bulls had to hit the mark. Well-presented bulls of good size boasting the right EBVs and health scheme details got attention.

Trade was good for crossing bulls with many bids between the 4,000-10,000gns mark. There was a lot of good pedigree trade for all the breeds, with Charolais seeing highs of 50,000gns and 20,000gns for Angus and 18,000gns for Simmental.

We reconfigured the format of the sale, shortening it to two and a half days instead of three days.

For the first time all the bulls sold were BVD tested and either from BVD accredited herds or check tested for BVD and vaccinated. The pedigree people have been ahead of the game on the BVD scheme we have in Scotland, it’s a real positive and a good message to put out.