Award win for up and coming Elders Mt Gambier auctioneer
Ben Gregory grew up on a small Adelaide Hills property but is today an award-winning livestock auctioneer in Mt Gambier after seizing the opportunity to kick off a career in agriculture with an Elders traineeship.
Mr Gregory sold three bullocks to the Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange to win the ALPA South Australian Young Auctioneers competition.
While very excited to receive the award, Mr Gregory said the ultimate prize was to represent clients well.
“Selling cattle for clients is very proud thing for me,” he said.
“I really like to be out there with them on their place, draft their cattle and tell them what price we might be able to achieve and then, the next day, get up on the rail and hopefully achieve that price or exceed it. That’s very, very, very rewarding.”
Elders livestock sales manager Loryn Gogel said Mr Gregory had only been one of Elders’ main auctioneers at Mount Gambier for six months.
“Ben’s come through from the Elders traineeship where he’s had a lot of exposure,” Mr Gogel said.
“He realises what it’s like to be down the back getting dirty, pushing up to what it’s like to be at the front where you’re communicating with people.
“Ben’s had a great deal of mentorship through that traineeship program and he’s hit the ground running.”
Ironically, Mr Gregory said he had initially been knocked back for an Elders traineeship and was told he needed to “move out of home and get some experience first”.
Heeding the advice, he spent a year working on a family friend’s Angus stud in Parillia before winning a place in the program.
The trainee program took Mr Gregory to Wagga Wagga, then Inverell, before he was rewarded with a permanent role in Mount Gambier.
Mr Gogel said, that as well as excellent market knowledge, Mr Gregory had the personal qualities of a successful auctioneer.
“His integrity is second to none, he has a good manner, a good rapport with people and a bit of charisma,” Mr Gogel said.
“He’s respected by his peers and his clients, and he’s just a very likeable guy.”
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