Ekka bidding on our best sellers
FIVE of the 10 auctioneers heading to Friday's state-wide young auctioneers' competition at the Ekka are happy to call Roma home.
AJ Riley (from Ray White Rural), Jake Robinson and Brody Hurley (Landmark), Brady Jackson (Elders) and Jack Hannah (GDL) are most at home at the Roma saleyards but this week have a chance to bring the country to the city.
The 30th Queensland Young Auctioneers' Competition, run by the Australian Livestock and Property Agents, begins at 9am Friday in Brisbane.
Each entrant has a chance to sell three steers, aiming for a perfect score of 300/300.
For Jack, his first time in the contest has him equal parts excited and nervous.
"I'm not really sure what to expect but I'm sure it will be an experience,” he said.
Mates despite their competitive job nature, Jake is "ready to go again” after his performance last year.
"I couldn't be more excited,” he said.
"It'll be great having Brodie (Hurley) along this time as well. It's his first time and I hope he likes the experience as much as I do.”
The finalists were chosen last month at a Queensland Auctioneers' Selection School in Rockhampton.
AJ, heading back for his third tilt, enjoys the experience every time.
"It's great being able to take the work we do out here to the city and show off what we can do,” he said.
The winner will head to the nationals.
This year's national winner, Dalby's Anthony O'Dwyer, went to Canada last month to represent Australia in the International Livestock Auctioneers Competition at the Calgary Stampede.
The Young Auctioneers' Competition will be broadcast live via the ALPA Facebook page.