Eight auctioneers competing at Kingsville contest to move on to World Championship
KINGSVILLE, MO – For eight professional livestock auctioneers, the contest here Dec. 2 will be their ticket to the “Super Bowl” of their profession – the 2009 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC).
The Kingsville Livestock Auction is hosting 18 contestants in the last quarterfinal qualifying contest for the 2009 WLAC. The world championship will be held June 13 at the Fergus Falls (MN) Livestock Auction Market.
Three winners – champion, reserve and runner-up champions – will be named after the Kingsville contest. These three, and the next five highest scorers then qualify for the Minnesota WLAC.
The WLAC – and 2009 will be the 46th annual – was created and is conducted by Livestock Marketing Association, the national trade association for progressive marketing businesses like Kingsville Livestock.
Sale time is 10:30 a.m. Each contest is an actual sale, with buyers on the seats, and market owner Rick Anstine said, “We’re expecting 2,500 head of top-quality calves, from customers within a 100 mile radius of the market.”
There will be source and age-verified calves, he said, “and a good run of stock cows and cow-calf pairs.”
Some of the Kingsville contestants, followed by their hometowns, include Ted Baum, O’Neill, NE; Nick Caspers, Hecla, SD; John Cline, Onaga, KS; Larry Gilmore, Belle Plaine, KS; Ted Odle, Brush, CO; Preston Smith, Lexington, NE; and Garren Walrod, Randolph, KS.
Eight contestants from the three previous qualifying contests are also going to the June WLAC. These contests were held earlier this year in Miles City, MT, and Texhoma, OK, with one scheduled for Nov. 18 in Zanesville, OH.
This is the third year LMA has used the quarterfinal format to qualify contestants for the June Championship. The new format, LMA President Bobby Smith said, “allows more auctioneers to enter the contest, and it also highlights the outstanding job markets all over the country do to promote a competitive livestock economy.”
The master of ceremonies at each quarterfinal is Matt Lowery of Burwell, NE, the reigning world champion. He won the title June 28 in Worthing, SD.
The Kingsville contest will also be broadcast live on the Internet, at http://www.lmaauctions.com.