YOUNG GUNS: Competition winner Anthony O'Dwyer and runner-up Joe Allen from Elders Euroa in Victoria.
YOUNG GUNS: Competition winner Anthony O'Dwyer and runner-up Joe Allen from Elders Euroa in Victoria. Contributed

Steering in the right direction

FROM working a casual job at Dalby Saleyards to being a nationally recognised cattle auctioneer, Anthony O'Dwyer is turning heads in the cattle industry, and his latest accolade is just another feather in his cap.

Mr O'Dwyer has taken out first prize at the NSW ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Mr O'Dwyer, who has sold cattle for six years and worked for GDL in Dalby for eight years, was one of seven contestants, and only one of two in Queensland.

Each competitor had to sell three steers and were judged on their manner of auctioning, and how much the cattle were sold for.

For Mr O'Dwyer, preparing for the competition was just a matter of doing what he does best every week in Dalby.

"I've just been selling every week at Dalby sales,” he said.

"That's the only preparation I've done is selling there every week.”

Despite having to sell only "run of the mill” steers, Mr O'Dwyer's auctioning proved superior as he bought home a win.

"Everyone had all different types of steers,” he said.

"My steers were only really run of the mill, they weren't any ribbon winners.

"They were just in the back line.”

Mr O'Dwyer's win will take him to Calgary in Canada, where he will embark on a two week tour of the region, and continue competing in other auctions.


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