Iowa barn to host world auctioneer contest |

Iowa barn to host world auctioneer contest

Jason Santomaso, Sterling, Colo., is among the competitors who will vie coveted World Champion Auctioneer title at the contest in Iowa. Photo courtesy LMA

Knoxville Regional Livestock Market, Knoxville, Iowa, will host the 2014 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) June 19-21 in conjunction with the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) Annual Convention at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.

In addition, the reigning World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, Dustin Focht, along with many past world champion auctioneers, will be attending this year’s contest.

For the world champion auctioneer title, 31 semi-finalist auctioneers will compete in live interview and auctioneering contests. Because of this important, high-profile role, each WLAC semi-finalist must establish their knowledge of the livestock marketing business, and demonstrate their ability to express that knowledge with clarity, in a live interview competition. The interviews will be on Friday, June 20, at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel. The interview competition can be viewed live on starting at 2 p.m. (CST).

The Saturday, June 21, auctioneering competition at Knoxville Regional Livestock Market begins at 8 a.m. (CST) and is a live sale where the contestants auction cattle to actual bidders in the seats. The auctioneering competition will be streamed live beginning at 8:00 a.m. (CST) on and broadcast as a special, one-hour show on RFD-TV June 30, starting at 8 p.m. (ET).

Contestants from the following states are competing: Alabama (3), Arizona (1), Arkansas (1), California (5), Colorado (1), Iowa (5), Illinois (1), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1), Minnesota (1), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (2), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (1). There are three contestants from Canada.

Media are welcome to attend the live auctioneering competition at Knoxville Regional Livestock Market on Saturday. The barn is located at 1583 Iowa 5 in Knoxville, Iowa. To arrange interviews the week of the contest, during the contest or for on-site information, contact Lindsay Graber at 816-301-2426, or email

Contestants are:

Alabama: Blake McDaniel, Tallassee; Brandon Neely, Southside; Billy Younkin, Cecil

Arizona: Paul Ramirez, Tuscon

Arkansas: A.J. Austin, Marmaduke

California: Chuck Cozzitoro, Hilmar; Mike Imbrogno, Fresno; Garret Jones, Los Banos; John McGill, LeGrand; Justin Mebane, Bakersfield

Colorado: Jason Santomaso, Sterling

Iowa: Justin Abell, Sigourney; Will Epperly, Dunlap; Duane Rus, Rock Valley; Russele Sleep, Bedford; David Whitaker, Ames

Illinois: Brian Curless, Pittsfield

Kansas: Blaine Lotz, Edna; Preston Smith, Dodge City

Kentucky: Jay Romine, Mt. Washington

Minnesota: Mitch Barthel, Perham

Ohio: Daniel Mitchell, Cumberland; Vernon Yoder, Wilmot

Oklahoma: Mike Godberson, Pawnee; Brian Little, Wann

South Carolina: Darren Carter, Ninety Six; Philip Gilstrap, Pendelton

Tennessee: Jacob Massey, Petersburg

–Livestock Marketing Association