Magic Millions junior auctioneer James Dawson (left) hones his craft at yesterday’s Pig and Calf Sale.
Magic Millions junior auctioneer James Dawson (left) hones his craft at yesterday’s Pig and Calf Sale. Michael Cormack

Auctioneer gains valuable experience at Pig and Calf Sale

THE Warwick Pig and Calf Sale is a long way from the Magic Millions Thoroughbred sale on the Gold Coast, but it will play a significant part for one of the auctioneers from the Magic Millions.

Magic Millions junior auctioneer James Dawson auctioned off a variety of items at yesterday's Warwick Pig and Calf Sale and will be at the next three, all a way for Mr Dawson to gain more experience.

"(Warwick thoroughbred breeder) Basil Nolan mentioned to me at the March Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale that it would be a good experience for me to come to the Pig and Calf Sale," Mr Dawson said.

"Basil then talked to (McDougall and Sons auctioneer) Dennis Bourke and he organised it.

"There is a national Magic Millions sale coming up in the last week of May so it's all part of learning before that."

Mr Dawson said the experience of auctioneering yesterday was a valuable one.

"It was terrific, there was a really good bunch of people there," he said.

"It was free-flowing and that's something that I want to take with me.

"If I can be a bit looser and kind of roll with the punches a bit more, that will help with auctioneering."

Mr Dawson said he had a long-time desire to be an auctioneer.

"I used to go to the sales with dad when I was young and I've always loved the atmosphere of it," Mr Dawson said.

"I've got a massive passion to be involved in the thoroughbred racing industry and this is another step towards getting there.

"Selling a $2 box of nuts and bolts is a lot different to selling a racehorse but it's about learning some different auctioneering techniques."



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