TWO young agents from independent agencies made the most of a home ground advantage in the Australian Livestock and Property Agents' South Australian Young Auctioneers competition on Thursday the week before last.
In the winner's seat was 24-year-old Craig Gill, Pinkerton Palm Hamlyn & Steen while 22-year-old Mat MacDonald, Southern Australian Livestock was runner-up at the event held at the Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange.
The Naracoorte lads who have been selling at the venue for a number of years will represent SA in the national finals at the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The event was open to young livestock auctioneers under 25 years of age.
There were five entrants from across the State who showed their flair and professionalism at selling sheep and cattle.
Craig, who has been with PPH&S for five years, is surprised with the win in his second year competing, and looking forward to the experience in Sydney.
"It (auctioneering) wasn't easy to start with but you get more comfortable getting up on the rail, especially dealing with the same people each week," he said.
"People around work have all been great sharing tips. Being clear and knowing the value of the stock you are selling is what is important."
Mat started working for SAL four years ago and has been auctioneering for three years. He says he enjoys the challenge of representing his clients to get them the best money for their stock, and excited about the opportunity to represent SA.
"It is something I have always wanted to do. It will be a good challenge," he said.
*Full report in Stock Journal, May 23 issue, 2013.