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This year’s Stirling Bull Sales in May will see the inaugural presentation of the Morton Strachan MBE Memorial Quaich.
The silver quaich has been created by United Auctions to honour the late leading livestock auctioneer and long-time board member who sadly died in August 2018.
It will be presented as an annual prize for the Supreme Champion Charolais Bull during the May Bull Sales, which take place this year on May 5 and 6 at Stirling Agricultural Centre.
Morton was a highly respected champion for the agricultural sector with a career spanning more than 50 years.
He left school aged 14 to become a trainee auctioneer at Hamilton market and worked in Edinburgh and Cupar before moving to Stirling market in 1958 where he specialised in selling prime cattle. Morton was managing director of UA from 1990-95 and, following retirement, remained on the main board of UA Group PLC until 1999. He continued to be involved with the Bull Sales and acted in an advisory capacity as recently as the construction of Stirling Agricultural Centre.
Known for his energy and enthusiasm in and out of the box, Morton never missed the Royal Highland Show where he was a local director in 1997 and a steward for many years.
Neil McLean, chairman of United Auctions, said: ‘Morton lived and worked in Stirling for 60 years, making an indelible mark on those who knew him by going that extra mile with great care, thought and attention. He was dedicated to his work while being a true family man, so it’s fitting that his daughters are the first to present this special tribute which honours his legacy.’