Dickson Regional Livestock Center to host auctioneer championship qualifier Oct. 17
October 14, 2016
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dickson Regional Livestock Center, 120 Livestock Road, Dickson, Tennessee, will host the second of three regional qualifying events for the 2017 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). The eastern regional qualifying event will be October 17, with opening ceremonies beginning at 10:45 a.m. CDST. A total of 33 contestants will compete for a top 10 placing, granting them a spot in the 2017 WLAC at Public Auction Yards in Billings, Montana.
The reigning World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, Andy White, will attend the qualifier as event emcee.
Each qualifying event is a live sale where the contestants auction cattle to actual bidders in the seats. Contestants are judged on the clarity of their auction chant; vocal quality; and their ability to catch bids and conduct the sale. Judges are livestock market owners and managers from across the United States.
Contestants competing are Jake Billington, Twin Falls, Idaho; Chuck Bradley, Rockford, Ala.; Darren Carter, Ninety Six, S.C.; Leon Caselman, Long Lane, Mo.; Dustin Cotter, Caulfield, Mo.; Brent Croom, Dyer, Tenn.; Brian Curless, Pittsfield, Ill.; Shannon Davis, Winnsboro, Texas; Philip Gilstrap, Pendleton, S.C.; David Hawk, Somerset, Ky.; Kirby Hill, Paris, Texas; Travis Holck, Monroe, Wis.; Mark Lane, Russellville, Ala.; Wade Leist, Boyne City, Mich.; Leon Martin, Ionia, Iowa; Jacob Massey, Petersburg, Tenn.; Brandon McLagen, Unionville, Mo.; Jeremiah Melson, Savannah, Tenn.; Daniel Mitchell, Cumberland, Ohio; Ben Morgan, Ronceverte, W.Va.; Jeremy Odum, Lumberton, Miss.; Alex Popplewell, Russell Springs, Ky.; Joshua Puffenbarger, Staunton, Va.; Jay Romine, Mt. Washington, Ky.; Duane Rus, Rock Valley, Iowa; Ethan Schuette, Washington, Kan.; Dustin Smith, Jay, Okla.; Seth Waldroup, Westminster, S.C.; Chad Wilson, Portland, Tenn.; Shane Wolff, Golden Valley, N.D.; Tim Yoder, Montezuma, Ga.; Vernon Yoder, Dundee, Ohio; Billy Younkin, Cecil, Ala.
The public may attend the livestock auction and competition free of charge. It will also be streamed live on http://www.LMAAuctions.com beginning at 10:45 a.m. CDST.
–Livestock Marketing Association