Wilks to represent Australia at Calgary Stampede
Elders territory sales manager Joe Wilks is set to represent Australia in the 25th International Livestock Auctioneering Competition at the Calgary Stampede next week.
After winning the 2013 National Young Auctioneers Competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the 25 year old from Wagga Wagga will now travel to Canada to compete against the world’s best auctioneers.
Mr Wilks said the opportunity to travel to Canada for the first time is exciting, although the experience of competing at an international level is what he is really looking forward to.
“This will be an invaluable experience for me – competing and learning from some of the best auctioneers in the world,” Mr Wilks said.
“I expect the others will sell very differently to the Australians, but I find the key to successful auctioneering is to really interact with all the buyers and keep them involved and interested” he said.
Over a three day period, competitors will be judged on rhythm, clarity, voice control, and livestock knowledge, as well as their ability to spot bids and conduct a sale.
Mr Wilks said he and his wife will travel through Canada for 25 days, and will take part in a 12 day tour of several feedlots and ranches.
“I was born and bred in Wagga, and have been involved with livestock my entire life, so it is great to be able to travel around and see how stock are bred and sold on the other side of the world,” he said.
Elders national livestock operations manager Chris Howie says the entire Elders team is proud of Joe’s achievement.
“With just three and a half years experience, Joe has achieved some great results at both a national and international level. Joe encompasses the whole package of a stock and station agent, providing clients and customers with A grade service through the entire livestock sales process,” Mr Howie said.
“It is a tough livestock market at the moment, but we’re working hard to ensure we have people like Joe on the ground, providing our clients with high quality service,” he said.