MITCH Donovan has been officially recognised as one of the best livestock auctioneers around.
The 22-year-old has been named runner-up in the Sydney Royal Easter Show's Young Auctioneers' competition.
By coming second he has also automatically qualified for the national titles to be held at the Royal Easter Show next year.
“It was a huge relief to complete the event and have my name called at the end,” he said.
“I was a little confident, but there were a few handy young blokes competing,” Mitch said.
While Mitch has been calling the regular Tuesday livestock auction for seven years in Grafton, his nerves still managed to surface at the big event.
“I was pretty nervous going into it all, and that is something I am going to try and work on before the nationals next year,” he said.
Some of the people Mitch came up against were relatively new to the industry, having only been calling auctions for about 18 months.
Others were 'old hands', having competed in the Royal Easter Show competition before.
“The winner was only 20, and I'm pretty sure he had only been doing it for about 18 months,” Mitch said.
Mitch intends to use his weekly spot at the Ray Donovan livestock auctions on the Clarence to practise and further hone his diction, voice and manner in the quest for higher honours at next year's Royal show.