ALFA 2018 once again hosted the final round in the Toyota SA National Young Auctioneer Competition. This followed after several regional rounds were hosted at agricultural events across the country since the end of 2017 to give participants the opportunity to qualify for the national round to contend for the title of Toyota SA National Young Auctioneer of the year.

The aim of the competition is to stimulate the industry, introduce new talent to the industry and identify new talent. Participants are judged in two categories. The junior category is aimed at participants between the ages of 13 and 18. The purpose of this category is to expose potential auctioneers to the industry at a young age. The young category is aimed at participants between the ages of 19 and 30. This category aims to give young auctioneers a platform to enter the industry.

The junior category was judged by Steven Mathews, a previous winner of the competition. He also shared advice with the scholar participants on challenges he faced when entering the industry. The young category was judged by auctioneering legends, Louwrens Bibby and Johan van der Nest. They too shared advice with the participants and encouraged them to keep calm on the rostrum, as this will be a major contributor to their success or lack thereof.

For the second year in a row, the junior category was won by Fiso Hadebe of Weston Agricultural College. He qualified at the Royal Show and was very proud to defend his title.

The young category was won by Barco van Niekerk of GWK Auctions, who qualified at Bloem Show. This is not the first time that Barco has participated in the competition and, through honing his skills, he has now claimed the title as Toyota SA National Young Auctioneer for 2018.- Marike Brits, Stockfarm