COREY Evans from Kingaroy, in the South Burnett region, has taken out this year’s Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition this morning.
The competition, which is run by the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA), changed venue to the Roma Saleyards this morning after the state’s peak agricultural show, the Brisbane Ekka, was cancelled due to COVID 19 lockdowns back in August.
Last year, the competition was moved to the Silverdale Saleyards in south-east QLD for the same reason.
Despite the challenges, eight finalists lined up the state’s largest selling centre with 22-year-old Corey Evans from Aussie Land & Livestock in Kingaroy winning and Simon Kinbacher from Elders in Rockhampton runner-up. Corey is a livestock agent and auctioneer, selling at both fortnightly Murgon and Coolabunia saleyards. He competed in the state final for the first time last year. He joined Aussie Land & Livestock straight out of school, starting a traineeship where he learned the ins and outs of marketing cattle for clients across the South Burnett, and the art of auctioneering.
“It’s a great industry to be in, very rewarding, and an exciting time for anyone in the agricultural industry,” he said. “I couldn’t see myself doing anything different.”
The pair will head to Sydney Show next Easter for the national finals for the competition.