Local auctioneer takes on Calgary Stampede
AN EYE-OPENING first
time abroad has drawn to a close and it's back to business as usual for GDL auctioneer Anthony O'Dwyer, who recently returned from the Calgary Stampede International Livestock Auctioneer Championship.
The prestigious competition was held at Foothills Auctioneers Barn in Alberta, Canada, and represents the pinnacle of competitive livestock auctioneering.
Mr O'Dwyer went up against 27 talented auctioneers from Canada, America and South Africa to sell a variety of cattle.
"We got to sell seven lots of cattle varied from fat cows to store heifers and store steers, so it was a variety of cattle we got to sell to different buyers over there,” he said.
For Mr O'Dwyer, who travelled out of Australia for the first time for the event, the experience was one to remember.
"It was a good experience, probably a bit of an eye-opener really, they sell a lot different to how we sell over here,” he said.
"Their style and technique is different, they're really fast in how they sell and they sell in pounds whereas we sell in kilos.
"There was one South African and they sell exactly the same we sell in Australia, we always sell the bid we have, not the bid we want and the rest were all American or Canadian and they always ask the bid
they want, not the bid they've got.
"They're nearly like a machine gun going off they're going that quick compared to us.”
Mr O'Dwyer claimed his place on the trip after winning the ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in
While his competition days have drawn to a close in Australia, reaching the age limit, the possibility to continue competing overseas is open.
"They haven't got an age limit over there, you can be 60 or 70 and still go in it over there,” he said.
But for now, Mr O'Dwyer is content on Australian soil, doing the job he loves.
"I'm pretty settled here and happy with the job I've got and I'll just keep doing this.”