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Young livestock auctioneers fine tune skills at Gracemere

PROMISING: Young auctioneer Brendan Kelly, 25, was picked to compete against others for a chance to auctioneer at the Brisbane Ekka and in Sydney.
PROMISING: Young auctioneer Brendan Kelly, 25, was picked to compete against others for a chance to auctioneer at the Brisbane Ekka and in Sydney. Sharyn Oneill Roksauction

IT'S no surprise that livestock auctioneer Brendan Kelly was a talkative kid.

The 25-year-old and his brother would pretend to auction off imaginary animals when they were young boys growing up on a cattle property.

Today Brendan auctions off the real thing at the Warwick saleyards.

He also holds his own annual charity auction to raise money for the Black Dog Institute.

Last month he and 15 other young men from as far as Longreach to the west, Charters Towers to the south and Warwick to the north, travelled to the Gracemere Saleyards in the hope of competing at the Young Auctioneers State Championships.

They honed their craft with three of the best livestock auctioneers in the business and learnt from a speech pathologist over the two-day workshop.

Brendan said they learnt about clarity, voice projection, enticing the crowd to bid higher, and plain old thinking on your feet.

Four of them, Brendan, Andrew Cavanagh from Meandarra, Jon Glover from Gin Gin, and Kerrod Veivers from Charters Towers, were chosen as the best up and comers.

They will return to the Gracemere Saleyards this week to have their auctioneering skills fine tuned even further.

They hope to compete at the Brisbane Ekka and in Sydney.

Elders stud stock sales manager Robert Murray said being a livestock auctioneer wasn't for everyone, but the four boys were up to the challenge.

BIDDING BATTLE

  • What a good auctioneer needs:
  • Clarity
  • Ability to read the crowds and people's minds
  • Good body language
  • A bit of flare and presence

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