A BIG, clear voice has helped Naracoorte's Mat MacDonald to success as the State's best young auctioneer.
As winner of the SA Young Auctioneer Competition last Thursday, the Southern Australian Livestock auctioneer was thrilled to be given another chance to wave his gavel at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2015, after representing SA at the show last month as last year's State runner-up.
In last week's annual State competition, conducted by the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association, Mr MacDonald, 23, impressed the judges from the rail, selling cattle in a mock auction at Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange.
In Sydney he enjoyed the experience of selling the show grand champion steer in the national competition and was delighted to get another shot next year against the nation's best from five states.
In his four years as an auctioneer the young gun has come ahead in leaps and bounds - selling at the weekly Naracoorte market and ram sales.
He enjoys the challenge of achieving the best money for his clients.
"The clarity of your voice and loudness really sets the mood for the sale," Mr MacDonald said.
Runner-up, who has also won a berth in Sydney next year, was debut entrant Elders Keith's Dean Coddington, 22.
He has been with Elders for just seven months and said he enjoyed doing his best for clients.
"The most important thing is knowing the values of stock and being clear and well presented," Mr Coddington said.
The competition is open to those aged 18 to 25 years and is held in conjunction with an auctioneers school.
ALPA chief executive Andy Madigan said the school was beneficial for all livestock and property auctioneers, whether they had been in the industry for a while or were just starting out. It included sessions with Victorian speech pathologist Eliza Galvin and other industry professionals.
He said all nine participants were a credit to their companies and he particularly praised two agents who had their first experience of selling at the school.
The role of a livestock auctioneer was crucial - producers put a lot of faith in them.
"Producers often spend years producing cattle and a year of so producing sheep for sale," Mr Madigan said. "These sales are their biggest pay cheque of the year and it all depends on how many bids their auctioneer can get from buyers."
He thanked Landmark stud stock's Gordon Wood, Elders Naracoorte livestock manager Tom Dennis and Elders key account and livestock sales manager for northern SA Damien Webb for their coaching and mentoring.