DALBY stock agent Jake Robinson has won the 2022 ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition at Roma.
The young Nutrien Ag Solutions auctioneer won the prestigious event ahead of fellow company stock agent Justin Rohde from Rockhampton.
The other 2022 finalists were Jack Biddle, GDL, Quilpie; Samuel Clarke, GDL, Roma; Jack Hannah, GDL, Miles; Morgan Harris, TOPX, Gracemere; Ashley Steel, Hourn & Bishop, Moura; Cody Trost, GDL, Blackall; Creeden Weir, Elders Rural Services, Emerald, and Wyatt Wrigley, Eastern Rural Pty Ltd, Dalby.
Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association chief executive officer Peter Baldwin said it is every young auctioneer’s dream to compete on the big stage to a vast audience in an atmosphere they may never experience again.
“The fact that they can say that they had the experience of selling cattle at the Queensland competition is an achievement and a milestone that lives on through their careers,” he said.
The judges evaluated their presentation, delivery, diction, voice, manner, knowledge of values as well as their unique command and style in keeping with ALPA’s well documented judging criteria.
Overall winner Jake Robinson won the Queensland Country Life Shield, the Don Steele AM Cup, $500 cash, various prizes, and a place in the 2023 ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition. Runner-up Justin Rohde will also represent Queensland in the 2023 ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition.
Mr Baldwin said he knew from the ALPA Auctioneers School at Rockhampton that the finalists were a very good group of young auctioneers and they represented their employers, their families and importantly themselves with distinction and pride.
“Nothing beats the sheer electric atmosphere of a livestock auction and these young auctioneers in not only inspiring the next generation and industry peers, delivered highest and best price outcomes for their vendor.
“This is living testament of the importance of selling livestock in saleyards and our unstinting commitment to professional development and education of our up and coming young women and men in this great industry,” he said.