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World champion auctioneer

Alaina Mousel, Tri-State Livestock News, Editor
Courtesy photoKyle Shobe, Lewistown, MT, won the World Champion Livestock Auctioneer title June 19.

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Ask an auctioneer for a sample of his craft and what you hear will be as distinctive as the person who utters it. Each auctioneer has their own cadence, pitch and vocabulary. But what makes an auctioneer good is more than just their cry – it’s also their ability to catch bids, execute a sale and be a spokesperson for the industry – at least according to the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA’s) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) competition.

This year Kyle Shobe, a Lewistown, MT native was named World Champion at LMA’s 47th WLAC competition June 19 at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City, OK. Last year, Shobe’s first year in the contest, he was named both runner-up world champion (third-place) and “Rookie of the Year.” The “Rookie” award goes to the highest scoring first-time entrant in that year’s semi-finals.

This year’s reserve world champion is Darren T. Carter of Ninety Six, SC, and Charly Cummings of Yates Center, KS, was named runner-up world champion. The remaining seven finalists, from a field of 33 entrants, were, in alphabetical order: Bailey Ballou, Elgin, OK; Tom Frey, Creston, IA; Brian Little, Wann, OK.; Mike Nuss, Minatare, NE; Ted Odle, Butte, MT; Jason Santomaso, Sterling, CO and Kevin Schow, Paxton, NE.



None of them left for home empty handed. According to LMA, the world champion receives a championship ring, valued at nearly $1,000, a cash prize of $5,000, the world champion’s sculpture, a world champion belt buckle and the use of the champion’s truck for his year as reigning champion. The reserve champion and runner-up champion also received a cash prize, crystal and belt buckle. Each of the ten finalists received a trophy belt buckle.

Ask an auctioneer for a sample of his craft and what you hear will be as distinctive as the person who utters it. Each auctioneer has their own cadence, pitch and vocabulary. But what makes an auctioneer good is more than just their cry – it’s also their ability to catch bids, execute a sale and be a spokesperson for the industry – at least according to the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA’s) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) competition.



This year Kyle Shobe, a Lewistown, MT native was named World Champion at LMA’s 47th WLAC competition June 19 at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City, OK. Last year, Shobe’s first year in the contest, he was named both runner-up world champion (third-place) and “Rookie of the Year.” The “Rookie” award goes to the highest scoring first-time entrant in that year’s semi-finals.

This year’s reserve world champion is Darren T. Carter of Ninety Six, SC, and Charly Cummings of Yates Center, KS, was named runner-up world champion. The remaining seven finalists, from a field of 33 entrants, were, in alphabetical order: Bailey Ballou, Elgin, OK; Tom Frey, Creston, IA; Brian Little, Wann, OK.; Mike Nuss, Minatare, NE; Ted Odle, Butte, MT; Jason Santomaso, Sterling, CO and Kevin Schow, Paxton, NE.

None of them left for home empty handed. According to LMA, the world champion receives a championship ring, valued at nearly $1,000, a cash prize of $5,000, the world champion’s sculpture, a world champion belt buckle and the use of the champion’s truck for his year as reigning champion. The reserve champion and runner-up champion also received a cash prize, crystal and belt buckle. Each of the ten finalists received a trophy belt buckle.

Ask an auctioneer for a sample of his craft and what you hear will be as distinctive as the person who utters it. Each auctioneer has their own cadence, pitch and vocabulary. But what makes an auctioneer good is more than just their cry – it’s also their ability to catch bids, execute a sale and be a spokesperson for the industry – at least according to the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA’s) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) competition.

This year Kyle Shobe, a Lewistown, MT native was named World Champion at LMA’s 47th WLAC competition June 19 at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City, OK. Last year, Shobe’s first year in the contest, he was named both runner-up world champion (third-place) and “Rookie of the Year.” The “Rookie” award goes to the highest scoring first-time entrant in that year’s semi-finals.

This year’s reserve world champion is Darren T. Carter of Ninety Six, SC, and Charly Cummings of Yates Center, KS, was named runner-up world champion. The remaining seven finalists, from a field of 33 entrants, were, in alphabetical order: Bailey Ballou, Elgin, OK; Tom Frey, Creston, IA; Brian Little, Wann, OK.; Mike Nuss, Minatare, NE; Ted Odle, Butte, MT; Jason Santomaso, Sterling, CO and Kevin Schow, Paxton, NE.

None of them left for home empty handed. According to LMA, the world champion receives a championship ring, valued at nearly $1,000, a cash prize of $5,000, the world champion’s sculpture, a world champion belt buckle and the use of the champion’s truck for his year as reigning champion. The reserve champion and runner-up champion also received a cash prize, crystal and belt buckle. Each of the ten finalists received a trophy belt buckle.

Ask an auctioneer for a sample of his craft and what you hear will be as distinctive as the person who utters it. Each auctioneer has their own cadence, pitch and vocabulary. But what makes an auctioneer good is more than just their cry – it’s also their ability to catch bids, execute a sale and be a spokesperson for the industry – at least according to the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA’s) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) competition.

This year Kyle Shobe, a Lewistown, MT native was named World Champion at LMA’s 47th WLAC competition June 19 at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City, OK. Last year, Shobe’s first year in the contest, he was named both runner-up world champion (third-place) and “Rookie of the Year.” The “Rookie” award goes to the highest scoring first-time entrant in that year’s semi-finals.

This year’s reserve world champion is Darren T. Carter of Ninety Six, SC, and Charly Cummings of Yates Center, KS, was named runner-up world champion. The remaining seven finalists, from a field of 33 entrants, were, in alphabetical order: Bailey Ballou, Elgin, OK; Tom Frey, Creston, IA; Brian Little, Wann, OK.; Mike Nuss, Minatare, NE; Ted Odle, Butte, MT; Jason Santomaso, Sterling, CO and Kevin Schow, Paxton, NE.

None of them left for home empty handed. According to LMA, the world champion receives a championship ring, valued at nearly $1,000, a cash prize of $5,000, the world champion’s sculpture, a world champion belt buckle and the use of the champion’s truck for his year as reigning champion. The reserve champion and runner-up champion also received a cash prize, crystal and belt buckle. Each of the ten finalists received a trophy belt buckle.


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