As 2020 continues to present challenges for us to all overcome, it is great to see ALPA and its members have something to look forward to with the young auctioneers competitions across the country coming together with all states able to put a workable competition together. It is also great to see Queensland kicking things off, once again leading from the front.
Congratulations to the 10 finalists selected for the Queensland competition: Corey Evans, Aussie Land & Livestock, Kingaroy; Morgan Harris, TopX, Gracemere; Brodie Hurley, Nutrien Livestock, Injune; Brady Jackson, Elders Rural Services, Roma; Simon Kinbacher, Elders Rural Services, Rockhampton; Jake Robinson, Nutrien Livestock, Roma; Justin Rohde, Nutrien Livestock, Rockhampton; Cody Trost, GDL, Blackall; Connor Veraart, Bartholomew & Co, Boonah; and Wyatt Wrigley, Eastern Rural, Dalby.
The 2020 ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition will be held at 1pm on Thursday August 6, at Silverdale Saleyards in conjunction with the RNA Prime Beef Sale. If you can't be there in person, join the thousands who watch the competition livestreamed. Follow the ALPA Facebook page for more details.
The industry continues to move along with the new NVD coming online at the start of the month. While vendors still have six months to use up their old books, January will soon be upon us. ALPA is joining with Integrity Systems Company to conduct a webinar on Friday, July 24, which will walk through the changes to NVDs, the new eNVD platform, how the integrity system works with other compliance requirements, such as biosecurity, fit to load, and work health and safety and an opportunity to ask questions of the Integrity Systems Company team.
Something else new are the three webinars that will give members the opportunity to work with ALPA speech pathologist Eliza Galvin. Focused across three different areas - posture and breathing, voice projection and selling with clarity - they will be held over three separate dates late in July. I would encourage everyone who is looking to improve their selling, both young and old, to register.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the ALPA Northern Regional Advisory Committee for their efforts over the past four years as I will be stepping down to provide the opportunity to another Elders staff member to become more involved within the industry. Every two years, ALPA regional advisory committees go to elections. Now is that time. The regional advisory committees are an integral part of the association, providing valuable local knowledge to the board assisting in the decision-making process. The northern region has been strongly represented by Cyril Close, Colby Ede, Paul Pratt, Andrew Wardle and Stephanie Whitaker.
- Paul Holm is a member of Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA).