Young auc­tion­eer Alex gave it a good crack, among Vic­to­ria’s best

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

WAN­GARATTA Land­mark agent Alex Buck­ing­ham said nerves got the bet­ter of him at last week’s APLA Vic­to­rian Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion, with the 25 year old miss­ing out on a ma­jor plac­ing.

Alex com­peted against nine other stock agents from across the state who show­cased their auc­tion­eer­ing tal­ent at the Vic­to­rian Live­stock Ex­change (VLE) in Pak­en­ham, af­ter hav­ing qual­ifed at an ALPA auc­tion­eers school at Bendigo in June.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence was great but I was just re­ally ner­vous to com­pete,” Alex told the Wan­garatta Chronicle.

“I was the first one to sell and the nerves just hit me.

“Ev­ery­one there was ner­vous but some peo­ple hid it and con­trol it bet­ter.”

Each agent sold three lots of com­mer­cial cat­tle - sourced lo­cally by the Pak­en­ham Stock Agents As­so­ci­a­tion - and were judged by three ex­pe­ri­enced live­stock agents.

Judges as­sessed each com­peti­tor’s dic­tion, val­ues, voice and man­ner, as well as unique pres­ence and style.

Joe Allen of El­ders, Euroa was an­nounced the 2018 ALPA Vic­to­rian Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion win­ner, with the run­ner up be­ing Joshua McDon­ald from SKB Rod­wells, War­rnam­bool.

Both Joe and Joshua will rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria at the 2019 ALPA National Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion at the Syd­ney Royal Easter Show, with a trip to Canada to be won.

Mur­ray Ben­nett of Land­mark, Wan­garatta, who won last year’s com­pe­ti­tion, of­fi­ci­ated a char­ity auc­tion at the an­nual ALPA Vic­to­rian Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion din­ner, with $20,000 raised and do­nated to sup­port the work of Le­gacy Aus­tralia - a char­ity ded­i­cated to car­ing for the fam­i­lies of our in­ca­pac­i­tated and de­ceased vet­er­ans.

IN GOOD COM­PANY: Wan­garatta Land­mark agent Alex Buck­ing­ham (back, left) com­peted against nine other fi­nal­ists in the ALPA Vic­to­rian Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion last week.

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