Dalby stock agent Jake Robinson earned the 2022 ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition title decided during today’s Roma store sale.
Jake, who sells for Nutrien Ag Solutions, Dalby earned the title ahead of runner-up, Justin Rohde, from Nutrien, Rockhampton.
Other finalists competing for the state’s 2022 crown included:
- 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
- Wyatt Wrigley, Eastern Rural Pty Ltd, Dalby
A brief halt during today’s busy Roma store sale saw Queensland’s ten leading young auctioneers take to the rostrum to sell for their chance to take the 2022 title.
In its thirty-third year the Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association’s Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition is a career highlight for young auctioneers. In a competitive process to make the top ten, all competitors were deserving of their time in the spotlight and represented their employers, families and themselves admirably, ALPA said.
ALPA chief executive Peter Baldwin said it was 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 in the Queensland competition is an achievement and a milestone that lives on through their careers,” Mr Baldwin said.
The judges evaluated contestants on their presentation, delivery, diction, voice, manner and knowledge of values as well as their unique command and style in keeping with ALPA’s well documented judging criteria.
In addition to winning the Don Steele AM Cup, $500 cash and various prizes, Jake, as well as Justin, have now earned places in the 2023 ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition.
“I knew from the ALPA Auctioneers School at Rockhampton earlier that we had 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, Mr Baldwin said.
“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.”
ALPA is the peak industry body representing more than 1200 livestock and property agency businesses across Australia. Members handle in excess of 97pc of agency business Australia wide. It is one of the largest organisations of small rural businessmen and women, relied on to protect the interests of agents and producers nationally. ALPA membership is a signature of professionalism in the agency industry.