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Stockmen’s Livestock Exchange hosts WLAC qualifying round Oct. 20

Qualifying for the “Super Bowl” of their profession, the 2012 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC), is the goal of 14 livestock auctioneers competing in Dickinson, ND, Oct. 20.

The Stockmen’s Livestock Exchange is hosting the auctioneers in the second qualifying contest for the 2012 WLAC, which will be held next June in Turlock, CA.

The contest here is free and open to the public. Stockmen’s is located at 815 Livestock Lane.



Market president and manager Larry Schnell said the opening ceremonies will start at 9 a.m. (MT) with the contest immediately following.

Following the competition in Dickinson, and at the other three qualifying contests, three winners – champion, reserve and runner-up champions – will be named.



Those three, along with the next five highest-scoring contestants at each contest, will move on to the June World Championship, the 49th annual.

For the contest at Stockmen’s Livestock, Schnell said he’s expecting “over 3,000 head, mainly calves, from some of this area’s top producers.”

Schnell said he has two reasons for wanting to host the contest.

“We want to show people who haven’t seen a livestock auction just what goes on. And for those who’ve been around an auction, it’ll be fun for them to hear so many talented auctioneers.”

Schnell has spent a lifetime around cattle, auction markets and auctioneers. Asked if he thought he’d be able to pick the winners on Oct. 20, he laughed. “I hope to pick a couple of the top three winners, but I’ve found, after being around many of these contests, that everyone has their own opinions about who should win.”

The contestants at Dickinson are Justin Abell, Sigourney, IA; Justin Banzhaf, Cambridge, NE; Mitch Barthel, New York Mills, MN; Leon Caselman, Long Lane, MO; Tye Casey, Plymouth, IN; Jake Cheechov, Eugene, OR; Bill Cook, Huntley, MT; Philip Gilstrap, Pendleton, SC; Brennin Jack, Regina, SK; Andrew McDowell, Vandalia, IL; Andy Mrnak, Bowman, ND; Travis Rogers, Westlock, Alberta; Duane Rus, Rock Valley, IA; and Shane Wolff, Golden Valley, ND.

The first qualifying contest was Sept. 19 in Glasgow, KY. The remaining two are Jan. 17, in Greeley, CO; and March 8, in Groesbeck, TX.

There is still time to enter the remaining qualifying contests. Full rules and an entry form can be found online at http://www.LMAWEB.com; click on World Livestock Auctioneer Championship. The qualifying contests, and the WLAC, will be broadcast live at http://www.LMAAuctions.com.

Qualifying for the “Super Bowl” of their profession, the 2012 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC), is the goal of 14 livestock auctioneers competing in Dickinson, ND, Oct. 20.

The Stockmen’s Livestock Exchange is hosting the auctioneers in the second qualifying contest for the 2012 WLAC, which will be held next June in Turlock, CA.

The contest here is free and open to the public. Stockmen’s is located at 815 Livestock Lane.

Market president and manager Larry Schnell said the opening ceremonies will start at 9 a.m. (MT) with the contest immediately following.

Following the competition in Dickinson, and at the other three qualifying contests, three winners – champion, reserve and runner-up champions – will be named.

Those three, along with the next five highest-scoring contestants at each contest, will move on to the June World Championship, the 49th annual.

For the contest at Stockmen’s Livestock, Schnell said he’s expecting “over 3,000 head, mainly calves, from some of this area’s top producers.”

Schnell said he has two reasons for wanting to host the contest.

“We want to show people who haven’t seen a livestock auction just what goes on. And for those who’ve been around an auction, it’ll be fun for them to hear so many talented auctioneers.”

Schnell has spent a lifetime around cattle, auction markets and auctioneers. Asked if he thought he’d be able to pick the winners on Oct. 20, he laughed. “I hope to pick a couple of the top three winners, but I’ve found, after being around many of these contests, that everyone has their own opinions about who should win.”

The contestants at Dickinson are Justin Abell, Sigourney, IA; Justin Banzhaf, Cambridge, NE; Mitch Barthel, New York Mills, MN; Leon Caselman, Long Lane, MO; Tye Casey, Plymouth, IN; Jake Cheechov, Eugene, OR; Bill Cook, Huntley, MT; Philip Gilstrap, Pendleton, SC; Brennin Jack, Regina, SK; Andrew McDowell, Vandalia, IL; Andy Mrnak, Bowman, ND; Travis Rogers, Westlock, Alberta; Duane Rus, Rock Valley, IA; and Shane Wolff, Golden Valley, ND.

The first qualifying contest was Sept. 19 in Glasgow, KY. The remaining two are Jan. 17, in Greeley, CO; and March 8, in Groesbeck, TX.

There is still time to enter the remaining qualifying contests. Full rules and an entry form can be found online at http://www.LMAWEB.com; click on World Livestock Auctioneer Championship. The qualifying contests, and the WLAC, will be broadcast live at http://www.LMAAuctions.com.


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