The first ever Toyota SA #youngauctioneers international auction showcase was held during the 2017 Nampo Harvest Day near Bothaville in South Africa. The showcase is an extension of the Toyota SA National Young Auctioneers competition, a competition aimed at promoting the South African livestock auctioneering industry. Auctioneers from four countries participated in the international showcase. The 2016 South African #youngauctioneers champion, Steven Mathews, was joined by Zirk Coetzee from Namibia, Jonatan Spagnuolo from Argentina and Jerrick Miller from the United States of America. They were joined by judges Ian Grobbelaar from South Africa and Miguel Talano from Argentina. The showcase attracted a lot of attention during Nampo and people were interested to learn more about the auction industries in these countries. Furthermore, participants from other countries found the South African auction industry and wider livestock industry interesting and very impressive.
The judges were impressed with the standard of auctioneering among the participants. Given the vast differences in industry standards and language, a regular competition format was not used. Specific aspects of auctioneering skill were judged on each of the three days of the showcase. This included professionalism, voice control and rhythm, contact with the audience and control of the auction. A winner was announced on each of the three days. South Africa’s Steven Matthews took the honours on day 1 and 2 with the USA’s Jerick Miller winning on day 3. The judges emphasised that the competition was very close and that all four participants exhibited excellent skills.
The first ever Toyota SA #youngauctioneers international auction showcase was a great success and established a good foundation for larger showcases in years to come. The organisers hope to bring participants from countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Ireland to the next showcase. -Marike Brits, Stockfarm Magazine