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19 August, 2020

Young CW auctioneer tilts at state title

HE MAY NOT have walked away with the chocolates, but young Blackall stock agent Cody Trost did the Central West proud when he competed in the annual Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition last week.

By Jaimee-Lee Prow

The acclaimed competition for budding auctioneers is normally showcased at the Brisbane Exhibition but with Covid-19 and the cancellation of the Ekka, the competition was livestreamed from Silverdale Saleyards near Warwick. 

Mr Trost is most comfortable when he's in the middle of boisterous bidders and the bellowing of cattle at the Blackall Saleyards.

The young Grant Daniel and Long (GDL) stock agent has been calling the shots at livestock auctions at the Blackall-Tambo Saleyards for almost three years, having grown up in the industry.

The increase in cattle numbers and weekly sales hosted at the Blackall Saleyards since the beginning of the year was the perfect prep in the lead-up to Trost throwing his hat in the annual competition ring this year.

"I also competed in the comp last year," Mr Trost said.

"This year was a little different as we weren't at the Ekka selling over the microphone to a large crowd.

"I felt more at ease selling from the catwalk at the saleyards, like we normally do each week."

Cody Trost was the only Central Western Queensland entrant among 10 other State title hopefuls, a collection of Queensland's best young auctioneers drawn from Rockhampton, Roma, Kingaroy, Dalby, Injune and Beaudesert

Usually the State's top 10 are selected after attending an Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association workshop hosted each year at Rockhampton. However this year entrants had to submit a video of them selling at saleyards.

Although Mr Trost did not walk away with the title, he took home a heap of experience.

"It's always good to be a part of the competition," Mr Trost said.

"You meet so many people and you are learning all the time."

At just 24 years old, Mr Trost always aspired to be an auctioneer, following in his father's footsteps. 

"I grew up on the Darling Downs and being a livestock agent is something I always wanted to do," Mr Trost said. 

"My father was an agent, so I grew up around it.

"I moved out west because it was a great job opportunity with GDL and I always wanted to work in Western Queensland, in the heart of cattle country."

The Queensland Young Auctioneer title went to Brodie Hurley from Nutrien Livestock Injune, with Justin Rhode from Nutrien Livestock Rockhampton runner-up. 

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