Testing time with A&P auctions
Young auctioneers will get their time in the showring in a new competition at the Canterbury A&P Show in Christchurch on November 16.
During a mock auction, entrants under the age of 30 will be tested on auction rules and have to sell two lots of heifers and bulls.
The stock will be valued before the auction by stud agents and competitors given 24 hours' notice of lots to sell and access to the breeder.
They will then be judged on their overall performance including voice delivery, diction, manner and values.
Competition convenor Mick Withers said the competition would help develop young auctioneers and improve the standard of auctioneering.
"We have a pool of good, young auctioneers entering the stock and station industry. This competition gives them the opportunity to prove themselves against their peers."
Withers said the honour of representing themselves and the company they worked for would be a good opportunity for entrants, who would be tested in front of a large crowd at the country's largest agricultural and pastoral show.
At the mock auction, dummy bidders will be in the crowd with each one of them given a maximum bid figure.
The job of the auctioneer would be to get top dollar for the seller and push the bidders to the highest figure.
Withers said entrants would be judged on the highest bid they reached, but the competition was about more than a dollar value and their presence would also be judged.
The competition will use guidelines similar to the Young Auctioneers Competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show that attracts finalists from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
The long-term plan is to build the competition into a national event, with the winners possibly competing in a trans-Tasman competition. Entries close on October 31.