Townsville agent tops Qld”s Young Gun auctioneers

Beef Central, 09/08/2019

Runner-up Jack Henshaw, Elders, Goondiwindi & Winner Liam Kirkwood, Ray White Livestock, Townsville. Photo: Bryce Millar, Mad Dog Productions

TEN young stock and station agents from across the state showcased their auctioneering talent at the 2019 Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition at the Ekka earlier today.

This year’s title was taken out by Liam Kirkwood, Ray White Livestock, Townsville, with Jack Henshaw, Elders, Goondiwindi named runner-up. Liam and Jack have secured their spot in the 2020 ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition, both representing Queensland at next year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show.

The winner of the 2020 ALPA National Competition will have the opportunity to represent Australia at the International Livestock Auctioneer Championships held at the Calgary Stampede in Canada.

This year celebrates 30 years of the state competition, with each competitor selected at an ALPA auctioneers school held in Rockhampton earlier in the year.

The two-day auctioneers school provided young auctioneers with an opportunity to develop and improve their auctioneering skills. Attendees received constructive feedback from both experienced auctioneers and speech pathologists and were presented with important industry information.

The determined competitors sold three lots in front of an anxious crowd. They were marked by a panel of three judges, selected based on their industry experience and strong selling backgrounds. They evaluated their diction, values, voice and manner, as well as their unique presence and style.

ALPA chief executive Andy Madigan said there was nothing better than watching these young auctioneers do what they are passionate about and great at.

“They really do put on a good show that demonstrates the art of auctioneering and that there is a lot more involved than just talking fast,” he said.

$13,000 raised for charity

The night before the competition, over 200 of the competitor’s friends, family and industry members attended the annual ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers
Competition Dinner, a celebration of the young auctioneers and the agency industry in general. A highlight of the night was the charity auction, conducted by last year’s ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition winner Anthony O’Dwyer from GDL Dalby. Over $13,000 was raised at the auction, with the funds being donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a not-for-profit charity that offers excellence in aeromedical and primary health care across Australia.




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  1. Henry and Sue Atkinson, 12/08/2019

    Well done Liam . Congratulations.

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