ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition

The state's best have gone head-to-head in the 2021 ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition.

Queensland’s top young auctioneers gathered in Roma this week to compete in the ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition.

Taking place at the largest cattle selling facility in the country, Nutrien Ag Solutions had four auctioneers in the top ten:

  • Sam Clarke, Grant Daniel Long (GDL), Roma
  • Jake Robinson, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Dalby
  • Justin Rohde, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Rockhampton
  • Cody Trost, Grant Daniel Long (GDL), Blackall

The state final was originally scheduled to take place at the Ekka in Brisbane in August but was postponed due to Covid-19 disruptions.

“The competition was very strong this year, and although we didn’t come away with the top prize, our auctioneers should be very proud of the professionalism and skill demonstrated throughout the day,” said Colby Ede, Nutrien Ag Solutions South Queensland Divisional Livestock and Stud Stock Coordinator.

Cody Trost, GDL Roma

“This competition attracts the best in the state, so you have to go in with some confidence and bring something different that sets you apart from the rest. Each year the auctioneers take the competition to the next level which is really exciting to be a part of.”

Justin Rohde, Nutrien Ag Solutions Rockhampton

“Each day you learn something new in this business. This is my second year being involved in the competition and each time I gain so much experience and make a few mates along the way. I sell at Gracemere and the store sales at Miriam Vale and still have plenty to work on, so I’m just really happy to be learning from the best every day.” 

Jake Robinson, Nutrien Ag Solutions Dalby

“I sell every week in Dalby and I love everything about the job – the atmosphere of the sale yards, the incredible client base and the team of people that all support one another. I feel really privileged to have made the top ten for the state.”

Sam Clarke, GDL Roma

“My grandfather Clive Herbert was a stock and station agent for 40 years at Forbes in NSW – so I guess you could say it’s in my blood. Like the rest of my family, he’s very proud to see me through to the state finals this year. It’s always a great opportunity to improve our skills and celebrate the industry’s best.”

Photo credit: Queensland Country Life