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Ryan ready for the Royal

Elders Yea territory sales manager, Ryan Sargeant is preparing to represent his state and company at the upcoming National Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA) Young Auctioneers Competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Going into the state competition in Melbourne last year with minimal experience, Ryan walked away as runner-up and has since been practicing his auctioneering technique in preparation for the big title in Sydney on April 10.

“The state competition was tough and at that stage I was not as experienced as some of the other competitors. However, it was a great opportunity and during the process I learnt a vast amount about the art of auctioneering,” Mr Sargeant said.

Elders Yea branch manager Bruce Elliott said Ryan’s attention to detail, high work ethic and enthusiasm will no doubt help him in the upcoming competition.

“Ryan had only been selling six months prior to the state competition last year and had limited experience to draw upon. Since then he has been given many opportunities to broaden his auctioneering skills at clearing sales, monthly store markets and at the weekly Shepparton prime market,” Mr Elliott said.

“With recent exposure and experience at numerous stud sales including sheep dispersals and bull production sales, Ryan is in a good position leading into the upcoming ALPA National competition,” he said.

The 23 year-old, who grew up in the Yarra Valley, spent most of his childhood on a 1,000 acre cattle property out of Yea, which his father managed. His passion for the cattle industry started as a youngster raising bobby calves and later working part time on a stud property running a bull unit. On completing his VCE and Associate Degree in Agriculture, Ryan then worked briefly on a 200 acre property in the Yarra Valley.

Ryan admits that he has always admired auctioneers, although never imagined he would become one himself. Now this career pathway is something Ryan is very passionate about.

“I would strongly recommend the ALPA competition to any young livestock agents out there, as it provides a good insight into the auctioneering world, rules and regulations and also important agency practices,” said Mr Sargeant.

“We also receive specialist training from qualified speech therapists which greatly assists in improving your auctioneering style and technique,” he said.

“The support and encouragement I’ve received from my colleagues and the wider Elders network has been extremely helpful. As a young agent, their ongoing support and mentoring techniques have been very beneficial,” he said.