Vic­to­ria’s Best Young Auc­tion­eer

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS - By GRACE EVANS

JOE Allen of Elders in Euroa has come out on top of the 2018 ALPA Vic­to­rian Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Allen came first place in the com­pe­ti­tion held in Pak­en­ham re­cently, which show­cased the auc­tion­eer­ing tal­ents of stock agents from across the state.

Go­ing into his sec­ond year in the com­pe­ti­tion Mr Allen wasn’t go­ing in with any ex­pec­ta­tions just to have a good day and sell his lot.

“It was tighter com­pe­ti­tion this year com­pared to last, so there was that added pres­sure,” Mr Allen said.

Com­ing out on top, Mr Allen said he felt be­ing clear in his speech and get­ting in­cred­i­bly close to the ask­ing prices were the el­e­ments that helped him along the way.

“I sold three lots and was able to get within five cents of one lot and one cent of the other so that was re­ally good,” he said.

Hav­ing com­peted for his sec­ond year in a row, Mr Al- len recog­nised that he could see growth in his skills as an auc­tion­eer over the two years com­pet­ing.

“I just like to go into the com­pe­ti­tion with an in­di­vid­ual take on things,” he said.

“I don’t like to sound too much like other peo­ple or try and mimic a style I just do my own thing re­ally.”

The de­ter­mined com­peti­tors were judged by three live­stock agents who were selected based on their in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence and strong sell­ing back­grounds.

TAK­ING OUT TOP SPOT: Win­ner Joe Allen, from Elders Euroa along­side run­ner up Joshua McDonald from SKB Rod­wells War­rnam­bool.

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