JOE Allen of Elders, Euroa was announced as the 2018 ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition winner today, topping a strong contingent of ten competitors from across the state who showcased their talent at the Victorian Livestock Exchange yards at Pakenham.
Runner-up was Joshua McDonald from SKB Rodwells, Warrnambool.
Competitors were selected at an ALPA auctioneers school held in June at Bendigo. Over two days, the attendees improved their auctioneering skills through voice conservation and care from industry renowned speech pathologists, and coaching and training from experienced auctioneers.
The competitors took their place at the VLE rostrum this morning and sold commercial cattle that were sourced locally by the Pakenham Stock Agents Association. The cattle were judged by Steve Rennie from Coles prior to the competition as part of The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria’s Prime Stock Competition.
A large crowd watched on as each competitor knocked down their three lots.
The determined competitors were judged by three livestock agents who were selected based on their industry experience and strong selling backgrounds. They evaluated competitors on diction, values, voice and manner, as well as unique presence and style.
Both Joe and Joshua will represent Victoria at the 2019 ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition being held at next year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show. The winner of the 2019 ALPA National Competition will have the opportunity to represent Australia at the International Livestock Auctioneer Championships held at the Calgary Stampede in Canada.
“Training young stock agents is an important part of what we do,” said the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association chief executive Andy Madigan.
“We are investing in the future of our profession and industry.”
The night before the competition, competitor’s friends, family and industry members attended the annual ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition Dinner, a celebration of the agency industry and the young auctioneer’s achievements.
A highlight of the night was the charity auction, conducted by last year’s ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition winner Murray Bennett of Landmark, Wangaratta.
A total of $20,000 was raised at the charity auction and competition, with funds being donated to support the work of Legacy Australia, a charity dedicated to caring for the families of our incapacitated and deceased veterans.