Donald Young, group director of United Auctions, has been appointed as the new president of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers (IAAS).

As well as 12 years on the IAAS board, he brings with him 34 years of continuous experience of working in livestock auction to this key role.

Mr Young was part of a management buyout at United Auctions, Scotland’s largest livestock auctioneers, four years ago, and plays an integral part in the daily management of the company as well as selling livestock on a weekly basis. He said of his new appointment: “During these challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic and the extra pressures of maintaining a physical distance in line with Scottish Government guidance, it has never been more important that we keep trade functioning as livestock values climb. Auction markets remain the most open, fair and efficient way of getting livestock to the right customer and achieving the maximum possible values.

“I look forward to working with our executive director Neil Wilson and the Board of IAAS to ensure the strength and integrity of our industry continues to increase.” IAAS is the representative body for livestock markets, valuers and auctioneers across Scotland. It works continuously with politicians, governments and industry bodies to influence regulations and best practice for the benefit of Scotland’s farming industry. Mr Young takes over the presidency from Scott Donaldson of farmstock auctioneers and valuers, Harrison and Hetherington in Carlisle.

Neil Wilson, Executive Director of IAAS, said: “Strong leadership is more important than ever in uncertain times and we are delighted to welcome Donald to his new role. He has many years of hands-on experience to help us navigate this unusual period and beyond. We would also like to thank Scott Donaldson for all his diligence and hard work over the years, and not least throughout the pandemic, when the Institute has remained committed to supporting the livestock trade to continue, implementing guidance and measures to support the individual marts for the benefit of our members, the supply chain and the rural economy.”

Market round-up

Lawrie and Symington held its annual main sale of 4000 Breeding Sheep of all classes in Lanark yesterday. A packed arena of over 90 registered buyers ensured a flying trade from start to finish in all classes.

The sale was topped at £400 for pure Texel gimmers, while 412 Texel cross gimmers averaged £164 overall (+38 on the year). One thousand and six Mule gimmers peaked at £192 and levelled at £176 (+£44). Ewes were also a very good trade selling to £150 for one crop mules with Texels to £134 for two crop.

Six hundred and two Mule ewe lambs sold to £142 and averaged £121 (+£30).