by Marguerite Cuddihy
THE Sydney Royal Easter Show got off to a roaring start last week as young stock and station agents from across the country showcased their auctioneering skills at the 2017 National Young Auctioneer Competition.
Former Roma resident Lincoln McKinlay, who now works at TopX in Gracemere was awarded the title of the 2017 Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association National Young Auctioneers Competition winner.
Each year the NAB Agribusiness Team Shield is also awarded to the state with the highest combined score.
This year Queensland, represented by Mr McKinlay and Jake Smith of Landmark in Roma, won the team shield.
In front of an anxious crowd of more than 2000 people, eight national competitors each sold three lots. The competitors were judged on their diction, values, voice and manner, as well as their presence and unique style, by a panel of respected and experienced auctioneers.
Mr McKinlay worked for Cyril Close at TopX Roma for four years before his move to central Queensland this year.
"To win the national comp has been the biggest dream of my life so far, but to win it with such top quality auctioneers in the comp was amazing.
"I'm so proud to be able to bring the shield back to Queensland with Jake, he sold extremely well and it's been quite some time since it's been up here,” he said.
Later this year Mr McKinlay will go on to represent Australia in the International Livestock Auctioneers Competition at Canada's Calgary Stampede.
In addition to the overseas opportunity, Mr McKinlay took home several other prizes including the Prosser Cup.