More than 150 young  enthusiasts competed in a range of events including auctioneering and butchery as well as classes for tractor driving and livestock.

Robert and James had to complete a number of rigorous tasks during  the day-long event including stock judging and valuation. Prior to the contest they also had to write an essay on the current and future trends  in the livestock industry. Their efforts paid off and James claimed second prize and Robert won third place.

“It was a good experience and I learnt new skills,” said Robert, who works at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Burnham-on-Sea office and has been with the firm since March 2014.
James works in the agricultural office at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, at North Petherton and has worked for the firm since September 2014.

Robert Venner, MRICS FAAV FLAA Partner in charge at Sedgmoor Auction Centre, said: “I am very pleased that our young auctioneers, Robert and James performed well amongst national competition. It is our longer-term aim to bring on auctioneers for the future and as a firm are actively looking to regularly recruit the brightest young graduates from Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, and/or Harper Adams University. These results indicate that our aims are being met. Robert and James should be proud of their achievements.”

DOUBLE success for Greenslade Taylor Hunt auctioneers – James Wotton  (right) claimed second place in the contest and his colleague Robert  Baker (left) was third. Drew Patrick, of Hexham and Northern Marts  (centre) won the Nationl Young Show Stars contest at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern.