Quickest mouths in the west to reign in Young Auctioneer title
THREE of the quickest mouths in the west will travel to Silverdale in Queensland’s Scenic Rim in a bid to take out the title of 2020 ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneer tomorrow.
Brodie Hurley of Nutrien Livestock in Injune, Jake Robinson of Nutrien Livestock in Roma and Brady Jackson, Elders Rural Services in Roma secured three of the top 10 places at the 31st year of the competition.
Mr Hurley was a finalist last year and thought why not have “another crack at the cherry” in 2020.
Each contestant had to submit a video of themselves conducting the auction of three consecutive pens of cattle in their local selling centre. Then an online judging panel selected the 10 finalists.
Mr Hurley started at Nutrien Livestock five years ago, he said he never desired to be an auctioneer but worked for a friend who traded cattle who got him into the role, and he’s enjoyed it ever since.
“I definitely love the role, I’ll stick at it for a while,” he said.
“In the job, you see the good times and the bad times, like the drought but you deal with a lot of good people and build a lot of relationships with people in the district and outside.
“It’s pretty cool we sell cattle that comes from all parts of the country too.”
The competition kicks off tomorrow and three judges will be looking out for the competitor’s diction, values, voice, manner, presence and unique style in order to create a memorable performance worthy of claiming the title.
Mr Hurley said he’s just going to treat it like any normal working week.
“I’ll be doing what we normally do every other week – be clear, precise and have our values right,” he said.
Mr Robinson has worked at Landmark in Roma for three years and this is the third time he’s been a finalist.
Growing up in Tamworth and involved in the cattle industry, he said he fell into the role.
“I enjoy working as an agent, from being out at the saleyards in town to the paddock and helping clients,” Mr Robinson said.
Like Brodie, Jake will treat the competition like a usual day.
“I’ve been treating the usual Tuesday sale as a bit of a practice run,” he said.
“I’ll just ensure I’m natural and treat it as a normal business day.
“I’d like to thank Nutrien for giving me this opportunity and backing me.”