LINCOLN McKinlay got his start in the auctioneering game at the tender age of 18.
Now, the 23-year-old has worked his way up the ladder, taking out the International Champion Livestock Rookie Auctioneer at the Calgary Stampede in Canada this month.
It was back in 2012 when the young now-Rockhampton resident started working for Cyril Close at TopX Roma as a livestock agent.
"I got my start there," he said.
"I love working with good quality livestock and the people that go with them.
"I'm extremely passionate about the auction way of doing business as it is true price discovery."
The road to winning the International Champion Livestock Rookie Auctioneer started nearly 12 months ago for Lincoln.
"In April I won the Australian Champion Young Auctioneer but I had to qualify for that in our state competition that
was held nearly 12 months ago at Ekka last year," Lincoln said.
"It's always a tough competition, you're competing against the best of the best."
Lincoln grew up on a small property near Pittsworth on the Darling Downs and said he moved towns to chase his auctioneering dreams.
"I grew up in Pittsworth on the small property, and moved to Roma in 2012, then moved to Rockhampton at the start of this year," he explained.
Working as a livestock agent, the young man had the chance to fine-tune his auctioneering skills but took it a step further, seeking education in different places around the country.
"I attended some schools in Australia but I also travelled to the USA last year and attended the World Wide College of Auctioneering and got lots of practice," Lincoln said.
While auctioneering wasn't initially the goal for Lincoln when he started working as a livestock agent, it was a love that grew quickly.
"The plan wasn't to become an auctioneer, but once I started I became very passionate about it," he said.
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