Jack Pippin is off to the Sydney Royal Easter Show to compete in the Young Auctioneer Competition, and as it’s his second year, hopes to take the top gong.
Coming from a sheep farming background, Mr Pippin says he’s always been interested in the industry, and looks forward to this next step.
“I’ve always like the idea of the agency game and the process of auctioneering, but it wasn’t until my boss Wayne Spencer rang up and offered me the job that I realised that this is what I really did enjoy it and wanted to keep pursuing it,” Mr Pippin said.
Check out his captivating style at the Griffith Saleyard in the video below:
Competitors are young aspiring auctioneers who are employed full time by an Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA) member in the agency industry.
Mr Pippin cut his teeth working for Spencer and Bennett at Yenda Produce, almost reaching his third year of employment, and his manager Wayne Spencer says he saw Jack’s potential very early on.
“He has just shown that much potential, and for a young kids he’s above his age. He has a very, very good eye for stock, and is enthusiastic and loves the job,” Mr Spencer said.
“It is a career that you have to earn that respect from the clients, especially the elderly clients who don’t like to see someone young come through. But Jack, right from the word go everyone saw a lot in him, and he has done an excellent job so far and can see him continuing to make a real name for himself.”
The auctions at the Sydney Show will be dramatically different from those in Griffith, but since he’s dipped his toe in the water last year as the youngest competitor, he’s ready to go.
“It’s a very different going up there selling steers at the Sydney Show that have got ribbons around their neck and are fed on grain compared to selling a run of sheep or lambs here in Griffith.”
Mr Pippin was selected out of 25 other young auctioneers at a competition in Wagga recently, which qualified him for the Sydney State competition.
“In preparation for the competition, I have been selling sheep and lambs weekly, and I’ve done a little bit of selling in Wagga with H. Francis and Co, selling cattle over there,” Mr Pippin said.
Mr Pippin will be competing against the top ten young auctioneers in Sydney, and says while he does get nervous beforehand, once he’s up and running he is “right in my element.”
“If I do place it would be great to get my name out there, but it is more of an experience for me.”