Eleven-year-old budding auctioneer cuts teeth in Wagga Saleyards

Eleven-year-old budding auctioneer cuts teeth in Wagga Saleyards

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Riverina Livestock Agent, James Tierney has been a mentor for 11-year-old aspiring auctioneer, Tom Reynolds.

Riverina Livestock Agent, James Tierney has been a mentor for 11-year-old aspiring auctioneer, Tom Reynolds.

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Given a go in the saleyards.

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Eleven-year-old Tom Reynolds, The Rock has been giving seasoned livestock auctioneers a run for their money.

Last December, the then Year Five student, was given a go auctioneering at the end of the weekly Wagga sheep sale.

Riverina Livestock Agent, James Tierney said he was very impressed with how he went.

"That day he was standing in front of professional buyers, people that are three times his age and he held himself together very well," Mr Tierney said.

"It would have been confronting for him but he did a great job and the more he sold the better he got."

A video of him in action caught the attention of Sydney Royal organisers who asked him to attend, the now cancelled show, as part of their new high-school auctioneering program.

Tom has practiced auctioneering with everything from toilet paper to his sister. Video supplied.

Tom said he only started getting into auctioneering last year, but since then has thrown himself into improving his skills, practicing by pretending to sell everything from toilet paper at the height of coronavirus panic buying, to his little sister.

"In the back of our shearing shed we have this old yard that looks out to one of our paddocks," Tom said.

"I just go and stand there and sell pretty much anything that I can find.

"I've sold my sister about 100 times, Dad, Mum, food, my dog.

"I usually start my sister off at about $5 and see how high I can get."

Auctioneering lambs at the Wagga Wagga Christian College open day. Video supplied.

He said he hasn't been to a stud sale yet, but mum Nikki, editor of The Rural newspaper, brings home the catalogues.

"I find the pictures in the catalogues and have a go at selling the bulls," he said.

Tom said he probably has more experience selling cattle but doesn't mind sheep.

While, he thought the hardest part of auctioneering was something all agents can struggle with at times.

"When all the buyers try and bid at the same time, it's hard to work out who was first," Tom said.

He said he really wants to be an auctioneer when he's older, an ambition Mr Tierney thinks is very achievable.

"He's just got to keep practicing and he'll make it no worries," Mr Tierney said.

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