National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

16 July 2019

Finding your rhythm is one of the essentials for being a successful auctioneer says the winner of NFYFC’s first ever auctioneering competition, sponsored by SAI Global.

Daniel Lynn, 21, from Cambo YFC in Northumberland, was awarded the trophy for being the best auctioneer at NFYFC’s national final. Despite being a semi-professional auctioneer at Darlington Farmers Auction Market, where he can sell up to 2,000 sheep in a week, Daniel was still surprised to win.

“It was a bit of a shock,” he said after he found out he was a winner during the Competitions Day awards ceremony in Staffordshire.  “I was grinning like a Cheshire cat! I couldn’t wait to tell everyone as I’d been given a lot of support.”

Daniel had initially set out to have a career in the army after he left school but just before his 18th birthday, after completing army training, he decided that he wanted to return to agriculture.

“I missed farming. I joined Cambo YFC when I was 14 years old and while training in the army, I still used to come back for rally days and so on. I had grown up on farms and I just wanted to get back to doing something with agriculture.”

After a successful interview at Darlington Market to be a trainee auctioneer, Daniel discovered a passion for selling. Despite being terrified the first time he got up to sell, he now loves the adrenaline of being in the box on market days.

“I have been stood in the box for three hours constantly selling – you get an adrenaline rush and you don’t want to get out!”

Although becoming an auctioneer has improved Daniel’s confidence, he confesses that the YFC competition rounds have been nerve wracking.

“It’s different getting up in front of other YFC members – even though this is my day job. I could barely speak before the national final I was so nervous.

“The key is to find your rhythm – everyone sells things differently.”

Daniel is currently in the second year of a Livestock Auctioneering and Management degree at Harper Adams, which will improve his skills in on farm valuations and basic animal welfare. He also owns 50 breeding sheep of his own, which he keeps on a friend’s farm.

“I am always practising my selling,” said Daniel. “I record all of my sales at market and listen to them on the way home to see where I made mistakes. It’s a fast-paced job but I love it.”

SAI Global, sponsored the competition, and Agriculture Manager Robin Levin said the company was delighted to support a competition that taught key skills.

“The ability to value something and the ability to sell it and try and maximise that value for people is so important in all aspects of farming, and in life.

“SAI Global are really proud to be part of the auctioneering competition and to help get it off the ground for Young Farmers. We hope people take it on board and prove to be successful later on in life.”

Robin is a former member (and past president) of Wormleighton YFC in Warwickshire and says the skills he learnt through the competitions programme have supported his career. 

“Young Farmers always meant a great deal to me. All of the competitions I have been involved in have stood me in great stead in later life. At SAI Global in my role heading up the Agricultural Technical team means I am using the skills from my days as a Young Farmer – ie.  presenting, debating, public speaking, crops & stock judging  etc – all really helpful.” 


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