Bendigo’s Nick Farley will pit his skills against the state’s best when he steps up for the Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition on September 10.
Ten of Victoria’s best young livestock auctioneers will travel to the Victorian Livestock Exchange (VLE), Pakenham to compete in the 2018 Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association (ALPA) Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition.
The competitors will sell commercial cattle that are judged as part of the Royal Melbourne Show Prime Stock Competition, with the competition set to be be livestreamed with the support of Stock and Land and RMA Network.
The ten finalists will be competing for the title of 2018 ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneer as well as the Graham Lanyon Shield. The winner and runner up will also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the 2019 ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition, held in Sydney at the Royal Easter Show next April.
Mr Farley, 22, a Landmark livestock account manager, attended a livestock auctioneer training school in Bendigo in June, where he competeed against other auctioneers and won selection for the state competition.
Raised on a farm in Kerang, he has been involved within the agricultural industry his entire life, and initially wanted to be a shearer.
“But from the time when I was around 15 years old, I knew I wanted to be an auctioneer,” he said.
Mr Farley said there were multiple challenges to being an auctioneer.
“We’re selling someone’s livelihood and if we mess it up you may not get your client the right price,” he said.
“We always have to concentrate, we can’t afford to slip up.”
ALPA CEO Andy Madigan said that one of the association’s main objectives was “to provide training programs to its members.”
“The longevity of these competitions is a testament to the education ALPA provides,” he said.
“Each competitor attended an auctioneer’s school held in Bendigo earlier this year where experienced auctioneers assisted the participants to improve their auctioneering skills while speech pathologists provided tips related to voice conservation and care,” he said.
Three judges have been selected to determine the winning auctioneer, with competitors judged on diction, values, voice and manner.
“They must establish their own presence and unique style to deliver a memorable performance that is worthy of a title,” Mr Madigan said.
The night before the competition, industry members and friends and families of the competitors, will gather to attend the annual ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Dinner.
The dinner celebrates the young auctioneers and the agency industry. A highlight of the night will be the charity auction hosted by last year’s ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers winner, Murray Bennett from Landmark Wangaratta.
This year ALPA will be raising funds to support the work of Legacy Australia, a charity dedicated to caring for the families of our incapacitated and deceased veterans.
The competition will begin at 11.30 am on Monday, September 10.
The competitors this year are:
- Joe Allen, Elders, Euroa;
- Ryan Bajada, Rodwells, Sale;
- Jacob Brennan, Mulcahy Nelson Livestock, Tatura;
- Alex Buckingham, Landmark, Wangaratta;
- Nicholas Farley, Landmark, Bendigo;
- Dane Kelsey, Alex Scott & Staff, Korumburra;
- Joshua McDonald, SKB Rodwells, Warrnambool;
- Reiley Murtagh, Corcoran Parker, Wodonga;
- Mick O'Callaghan, Sharp Fullgrabe & Co, Bairnsdale;
- Matthew Rowlands, BR + C Agents, Swan Hill.
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