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More investment at Dalmally Auction Mart








United Auctions is undertaking a major upgrade of the roof and parking facilities at Dalmally auction mart.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers is improving the roof over the main sale ring at the centre, while the car park is being upgraded and extended to accommodate more vehicles on busy sale days.

Dalmally mart is recognised as a principle market for the procurement of store cattle and lambs, breeding cattle and sheep as well one of the main centres for the well-known Blackface Ram Sales. It also provides an essential facility for marketing stock from the islands, which is supplemented by facilities at Oban, including livestock trailers to ferry animals to and from the islands and an overnight lairage facility for animals being transported to the Dalmally sales.

The improvements are the latest in a series of investments at the centre, which include a new sale ring, metal pens, upgraded concrete resurfacing, a new washing system and weighing equipment as well as a new kitchen and eatery, since UA purchased it in September 2007.

Donald Morrison, UA’s Area Managing Director for Argyll and the Islands, said: “The continued investment at Dalmally reflects the very important role it plays in the area. In addition, we’ve recently introduced Peter Wood as the ‘Dalmally man’ responsible for the sales.

“Once the scaffolding is down and the upgrades are complete, we’re looking forward to welcoming more breeders to the mart and a further increase in throughput this autumn.”

Peter Wood, Assistant Manager, said: “I’m delighted to be the dedicated contact for Dalmally. After spending seven years in Aberdeenshire, I’ve made lots of contacts and have a good working knowledge of the country to attract clients to Dalmally.”

The upgrades will be completed in time for Dalmally’s principle spring sale of grazing cattle with an entry of some 400 cattle on 3 May.