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March 30, 2017

2016 ALPA National Young Auctioneers Winner, Ronnie Dix (left), from Elders Lucindale with Runner Up, Blake O'Reilly (right), of Ray White Rural Guyra/Armidale.

The best young auctioneers from around the country will travel to Sydney next week for the annual Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association NSW and national young auctioneers competitions.

This year marks 27 years of the ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition and 29 years of the ALPA NSW Young Auctioneers Competition.

ALPA chief executive officer Andy Madigan said he was impressed with the young auctioneers that were involved every year.

‘‘The knowledge and skills that these young auctioneers bring to the competitions are outstanding,’’ Mr Madigan said.

‘‘Their professionalism reflects the training and education that ALPA provides across Australia.’’

This year 10 young livestock auctioneers will compete for the John Weekes Memorial Shield in the ALPA NSW Young Auctioneers Competition, with the winner of the state title going on to represent NSW in the 2018 ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition.

In the national competition, eight state finalists will compete for the Prosser Cup, with the winner moving on to represent Australia in the International Livestock Auctioneers Competition at the Calgary Stampede in Canada.

Reigning champion NSW will also be trying to defend its title for the NAB Agribusiness Team Shield. The shield is awarded to the state with the highest combined point score.

Based on their industry experience and strong selling backgrounds, three judges have been selected to determine the winning auctioneer, with judges looking for competitors’ diction, values, voice and manner.

They must establish their own presence and unique style to deliver a performance that is worthy of a title.

■The competitions will be held on Thursday, April 6 from noon in the Big Top Amphitheatre at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

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