Young voices heard

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Mur­ray Ben­nett of Land­mark in Wangaratta is the 2017 ALPA Vic­to­rian Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion win­ner.

Joe Allen, from Elders in Euroa, was run­ner-up, and both men will rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria at the 2018 ALPA Na­tional Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion at the Syd­ney Royal Easter Show.

On Septem­ber 11, 10 young auc­tion­eers from across the state trav­elled to the Vic­to­rian Live­stock Ex­change in Pak­en­ham to com­pete in the two-day event.

Com­peti­tors re­ceived im­por­tant in­dus­try information and im­proved their auc­tion­eer­ing skills through voice con­ser­va­tion and care from speech pathol­o­gists, and coach­ing and train­ing from ex­pe­ri­enced auc­tion­eers.

‘‘Train­ing young stock agents is an im­por­tant part of what we do at ALPA,’’ ALPA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Andy Madi­gan said.

‘‘We are in­vest­ing in the fu­ture of our pro­fes­sion and in­dus­try.’’

The com­peti­tors took their place at the ros­trum and sold com­mer­cial cat­tle that had been sourced lo­cally by the Pak­en­ham Stock Agents As­so­ci­a­tion.

They were judged on dic­tion, val­ues, voice and man­ner.

Start the bid­ding . . . 2017 ALPA Vic­to­rian Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Mur­ray Ben­nett of Land­mark in Wangaratta (right) with run­ner-up Joe Allen from Elders in Euroa.

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