A good relationship between his family and their livestock agent led Wyatt Wrigley to pursue a livestock agency career with Eastern Rural at Dalby.
Wyatt, who grew up on a cattle property near Bell, started a school based traineeship with Eastern Rural in 2016.
"The traineeship involved working one day a week for 12 months, then in 2017 I started with them on a full time basis," Wyatt said.
"During my traineeship I spent my time with Peter Bird who is a great mentor and I learned a lot from him.
"Peter is a punctual agent and he always does everything properly and is highly rated as an auctioneer.
Wyatt said it was about 12 months before he received his auctioneer's licence.
Like most Wyatt started out selling rolls of barbed wire and pots and pans from the kitchen at clearing sales.
He has come a long way since then and has entered and been a finalist in the ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition on three occasions.
"The first time I entered I was just 18 and I was youngest finalist to compete that year," he said.
"We sold at the Ekka that year and that was really exciting and special to be selling in a packed selling centre with hundreds of people in front of you.
"Last year the finals were held at Silverdale and this year at the Roma Saleyards.
"Roma Saleyards was a very comfortable venue to sell from as we were selling cattle we normally would to buyers who we deal with regularly."
Wyatt and his partner Courtney McLellan along with six-month-old son Paddison have a small property on the edge of Dalby in partnership with his parents.
"It is a Leucaena block and we can background about 400 steers before selling into the feedlots," he said.
Wyatt said he loves seeing cattle grow out from weaners to steers and become bullocks with the ability to gain about 300kg in a short period.
He believes there is still a lot of restocker confidence in the cattle market with huge tracks of Central Queensland still unstocked after receiving rain.
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