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