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Randy Searer wins Greater Midwest Livestock Auctioneer Championship

Alaina Mousel, Editor

Montana auctioneer Randy Searer of Savage, walked away from the Greater Midwest Livestock Auctioneer Championship (GMLAC) at the top of his game. Hosted by St. Onge Livestock, St. Onge, SD, a total of 45 auctioneers vied for the honor.

The event began Friday, Feb. 11, when auctioneers drew for their selling position. St. Onge Cattle Yards manager Justin Tupper was pleased with the number of auctioneers competing.

“To my knowledge, this is the largest turnout we’ve ever had,” Tupper said, noting that on average 25-35 contestants compete at the annual event. Contestants came from as far north as Saskatchewan and as far south as Arizona to the eastern regions of Ohio.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, each contestant sold five drafts of cattle while being evaluated on their use of the microphone, voice quality/clarity/chant; salesmanship; and their ability to move the sale along and catch bids. While scores were tallied, World Champion Auctioneer Kyle Shobe demonstrated his skill. Last year’s GMLAC champion Russele Sleep, Bedford, IA, also sold cattle before the Top 10 finalists were announced. Finalists then sold another seven drafts of cattle.

According to Tupper just under 5,000 head of cattle sold Saturday.

“The market was really, really good – probably the best we’ve ever seen,” Tupper said, adding that one draft of 600-pound steers brought $1.52 per hundredweight. He’s heard positive comments from customers, too.

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Bidding action continued until almost 5 p.m. “I can’t thank our crew enough for working so hard to put on such a good sale,” Tupper said.

Searer, who was sponsored by Miles City Livestock Commission Co., Miles City, MT, pocketed $2,500 prize money. First-runner up, Andy White, Ashland, OH, received $1,500; second runner-up Justen Murphy, Melrose, IA, received $1,000. The top three auctioneers also took home belt buckles sponsored by Tri-State Livestock News and the Livestock Marketing Association.

Top 10 finishers received a leather jacket sponsored by the South Dakota Auctioneers Association. Rounding out the top 10 were: Jaxon Allen, Lewistown, MT; Tony Heinze, Dazey, ND; Travis Holck, Ruthton, MN; Brennin Jack, Regina, SK; Jeff Long, Enning, SD; Jeff McGuinness, Billings, MT; and Rusty Taylor, White City, KS.

Jeff Long, Enning, SD, received the People’s Choice Award, earning a felt hat, sponsored by Pete’s Clothing of Belle Fourche, SD.

“Congratulations to the winner, I thought he did an excellent job, as did all the contestants,” Tupper said.

Montana auctioneer Randy Searer of Savage, walked away from the Greater Midwest Livestock Auctioneer Championship (GMLAC) at the top of his game. Hosted by St. Onge Livestock, St. Onge, SD, a total of 45 auctioneers vied for the honor.

The event began Friday, Feb. 11, when auctioneers drew for their selling position. St. Onge Cattle Yards manager Justin Tupper was pleased with the number of auctioneers competing.

“To my knowledge, this is the largest turnout we’ve ever had,” Tupper said, noting that on average 25-35 contestants compete at the annual event. Contestants came from as far north as Saskatchewan and as far south as Arizona to the eastern regions of Ohio.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, each contestant sold five drafts of cattle while being evaluated on their use of the microphone, voice quality/clarity/chant; salesmanship; and their ability to move the sale along and catch bids. While scores were tallied, World Champion Auctioneer Kyle Shobe demonstrated his skill. Last year’s GMLAC champion Russele Sleep, Bedford, IA, also sold cattle before the Top 10 finalists were announced. Finalists then sold another seven drafts of cattle.

According to Tupper just under 5,000 head of cattle sold Saturday.

“The market was really, really good – probably the best we’ve ever seen,” Tupper said, adding that one draft of 600-pound steers brought $1.52 per hundredweight. He’s heard positive comments from customers, too.

Bidding action continued until almost 5 p.m. “I can’t thank our crew enough for working so hard to put on such a good sale,” Tupper said.

Searer, who was sponsored by Miles City Livestock Commission Co., Miles City, MT, pocketed $2,500 prize money. First-runner up, Andy White, Ashland, OH, received $1,500; second runner-up Justen Murphy, Melrose, IA, received $1,000. The top three auctioneers also took home belt buckles sponsored by Tri-State Livestock News and the Livestock Marketing Association.

Top 10 finishers received a leather jacket sponsored by the South Dakota Auctioneers Association. Rounding out the top 10 were: Jaxon Allen, Lewistown, MT; Tony Heinze, Dazey, ND; Travis Holck, Ruthton, MN; Brennin Jack, Regina, SK; Jeff Long, Enning, SD; Jeff McGuinness, Billings, MT; and Rusty Taylor, White City, KS.

Jeff Long, Enning, SD, received the People’s Choice Award, earning a felt hat, sponsored by Pete’s Clothing of Belle Fourche, SD.

“Congratulations to the winner, I thought he did an excellent job, as did all the contestants,” Tupper said.

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