World Livestock Auctioneer Championship starts in Miles City, MT

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Sep 5, 2008
by WLJ
The road to Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA’s) 2009 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) begins in Miles City, MT, Sept. 9 for 32 contestants.
Miles City Livestock Commission LLP is hosting the first 2009 WLAC quarterfinal competition. Three titlists will be named at each contest, and the top eight scorers will qualify for next June’s WLAC, set to be at Fergus Falls Livestock Auction Market Inc., Fergus Falls, MN.
The other WLAC quarterfinals will be Oct. 29 at Texhoma Livestock Auction LLC, Texhoma, OK; Nov. 18 at Muskingum Livestock Auction Co., Zanesville, OH, and Dec. 2 at Kingsville Livestock Auction, Kingsville, MO.
LMA, the national trade association for livestock marketing businesses, created and conducts the annual WLAC. The championship in Minnesota will be the 46th annual.
Miles City Livestock Commission co-owner Rob Fraser said, "September ninth will be a special day for all of us at the market. We’ll be welcoming some of America’s best livestock auctioneers who will be selling top-quality cattle from some of the best producers in this area."
He expects about 4,000 head of cattle, mostly yearlings, for the sale.
And, he said, he wanted to invite "anyone who enjoys listening to the sound of a good auctioneer to join us on the ninth." The sale will start at 9 a.m. (MT), with the contest getting under way at 10 a.m.
This is the third year LMA has used the four-contest format to qualify contestants for the June championship.
The annual WLAC, Fraser continued, brings two things into focus: that competitive livestock marketing is "the best way to get the best price for your livestock" and the "continuing importance" of the auctioneer in that process.
Contestants must be at least 18 years old and employed and sponsored by a livestock market. Each contest is an actual sale, with buyers on the seats.
The three titlists in the June WLAC—world champion, reserve and runner-up world champion—will receive thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. — WLJ