Queensland’s top young livestock auctioneers to line up

Sheep Central, July 31, 2020

QUEENSLAND’S top aspiring livestock agents will compete in the state’s young auctioneers’ competition next week.

Ten young auctioneers will be travelling to Queensland’s Scenic Rim to contest the title of 2020 ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneer at 1pm Thursday 6 August at the Silverdale saleyards.

The 2020 Australian & Property Agents Association Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition finalists include Corey Evans, Aussie Land & Livestock, Kingaroy; Morgan Harris, TopX, Gracemere; Brodie Hurley, Nutrien Livestock, Injune; Brady Jackson, Elders Rural Services, Roma; Simon Kinbacher, Elders Rural Services, Rockhampton; Jake Robinson, Nutrien Livestock, Roma; Justin Rohde, Nutrien Livestock, Rockhampton; Cody Trost, GDL, Blackall; Connor Veraart, Bartholomew & Co, Boonah, and; Wyatt Wrigley, Eastern Rural, Dalby

ALPA said the time-honoured event will be held in its 31st year in conjunction with the Ekka Prime Beef Sale.

In previous years, competitors attended an auctioneer’s school held in Rockhampton where several experienced auctioneers gave them feedback on how to improve their skills and speech pathologists provided auction specific tips related to voice conservation and care, ALPA said. However this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school was not held. Young auctioneers who wanted to enter the competition were asked to submit a video of themselves conducting the auction of three consecutive pens of cattle in their local selling centre. An online judging was then conducted by an expert panel to select the 10 finalists.

Based on industry experience and a strong selling background, a panel of three judges has been selected to identify this year’s winning auctioneer. They will be looking out for the competitor’s diction, values, voice, manner, presence and unique style in order to create a memorable performance worthy of claiming the title.

ALPA CEO Peter Baldwin said the very thesis of the competition lies in its focus on young members of our profession underpinning the future of the industry.

“It provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the pride and passion these agents have for their industry, their recognition of past contributors to agency and their dedication towards developing their rare talent, in an ethical and businesslike way.”

Competitors will be competing for the title of ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneer as well as the Queensland Country Life Shield, the Don Steele AM Cup (named after former ALPA Northern Regional Manager, Don Steele AM), $500 cash, prizes from various sponsors and the opportunity to represent Queensland at the 2021 ALPA Young Auctioneers Competition National Final, to be held at the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

The competition will be livestreamed from 1:00pm Thursday, 6 August. Follow the ALPA Facebook page for further details and announcements.


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