Young gun bids for top position
STANTHORPE-born Brock Palmer "fell" into auctioneering six years ago.
He was working as a livestock and property agent.
Under the guidance of Michael and John Maguire, Palmer's natural talents have developed.
He is now one of the top young auctioneers in the country.
Palmer said auctioneering came with the job description.
"It's part of being an agent," he said.
"It just sort of came naturally."
Palmer said he loved to get up in front of a crowd and call the shots.
"It's pretty entertaining," he said.
"You're up there, you're controlling the show and trying to get the best results you can."
The young auctioneer said he was right where he wanted to be with his career.
"What I'm doing now is what I want to do," he said.
"Hopefully, down the track, I'll have my own property and livestock business.
"But that is way down the track."
Palmer refines his skills at weekly cattle sales.
He also takes on the occasional charity or property auction.
"It's mainly selling at cattle sales," he said.
"Sometimes you might have a charity or property auction, but there are cattle sales every week."
The young auctioneer is a fierce competitor.
He has lined up at three state titles.
And he travelled to nationals at the Sydney Royal Easter Show this year in pursuit of the 2013 Young Auctioneer award.
Palmer narrowly missed out on the national title.
But he will return to the competitive circuit for one last crack in 2014.
His advice to other auctioneers is to remain calm and stay in control.
"You need to try and calm your nerves and slow yourself down," he said.
"You're judged on clarity, diction, manner, presentation and values."
Palmer currently works for property/livestock company Michael Maguire at Emerald.