Ready for a big stage

Shepparton News - Country News - - MAN’S BEST FRIEND - By Rod­ney Woods

Elders Euroa agent Joe Allen is off to the Royal Syd­ney Easter Show next year af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in the 2017 ALPA Vic­to­rian Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Allen, who has a back­ground in sheep and crop­ping, said he was ready for what was to come.

‘‘It will be a new chal­lenge. It’s good to rep­re­sent Elders at that level and to com­pete with other auc­tion­eers at that level,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s a wel­come chal­lenge.’’ To get to this stage, Mr Allen had to go through an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion process af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated by his peers.

‘‘I was nom­i­nated by my col­leagues and then went to a se­lec­tion process at Bendigo, run by ALPA, which you go to first.

‘‘There’s speech ther­a­pists and plenty of train­ing be­fore se­lec­tion.

‘‘They ba­si­cally do a se­lec­tion and the best 10 auc­tion­eers go off to Pak­en­ham.’’

At Pak­en­ham, the com­peti­tors took their place at the ros­trum and sold com­mer­cial cat­tle, while they were judged on dic­tion, val­ues, voice and man­ner.

Mr Allen said he en­tered the pro­gram to im­prove his client ser­vice.

‘‘It’s all about de­vel­op­ing your­self as an auc­tion­eer/agent to bet­ter the ser­vice at your clients’ dis­posal and to build more busi­ness,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s all about the peo­ple, not about the auc­tion­eer­ing.’’

Mr Allen de­scribed his style as ba­sic and said that was the key to his suc­cess.

‘‘Do­ing the sim­ple well is the main thing. It gets you as far as any style,’’ he said.

What bird is that? . . . Be­nalla pho­tog­ra­pher Rene Martens snapped this wa­ter­bird at Win­ton Wet­lands. Do you know what species of bird it is?

Bid­ding for na­tional award . . . ALPA Vic­to­rian Young Auc­tion­eer run­ner-up Joe Allen will rep­re­sent the state and Elders Euroa at next year’ s Royal Syd­ney Easter Show.

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