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July 1, 2014

Edna man is world champion auctioneer

Parsons, Kansas — Blaine Lotz of Edna, Kan. proved his world-class auctioneering talent recently at the Livestock Marketing Association’s  World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Knoxville, Ia.

Just a month shy of turning 21, Lotz notes that winning the 51st anniversary of the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) is a huge accomplishment and something for which he has worked a lifetime.

Lotz’s parents met while his mother was selling cattle, and his father was buying them. As a third-generation auctioneer, the world champion was quite familiar with the livestock marketing industry.

At 15, he attended Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, Montana, and received his first full-time job as a livestock auctioneer at the age of 17.

Ultimately, the former Labette County High School FFA president’s favorite part of being an auctioneer is working for consignors to maximize the value of their livestock, their livelihood.   

During his acceptance speech, Lotz said he couldn’t wait to hit the road representing the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) and livestock marketing industry.

Lotz was sponsored by South Coffeyville Stockyards, Inc., South Coffeyville, Okla.; Fredonia Livestock Auction, Fredonia, Kan.; and Tulsa Stockyards, Inc., Tulsa, Okla.

When not on the auction block at the livestock markets he regularly sells at, Lotz will spend his year traveling the country sharing his auctioneering skills with other livestock auction markets, and acting as a spokesperson for the industry. Therefore, each semi-finalist had an opportunity to establish their knowledge of the livestock marketing business, and their ability to express that knowledge with clarity, in a judged interview session.

This year’s champion takes home a customized 2014 Ford F-150 pickup to use during the year of his reign; $5,000 cash; a championship sculpture; world champion Gist belt buckle and a hand-tooled leather briefcase from LMA; world champion ring sponsored by Knoxville Regional Livestock Market; the Golden Gavel Award sponsored by the World Wide College of Auctioneering; and a James Reid, Ltd. money clip sponsored by CattleUSA.com.

Also, making a great showing were the Reserve Champion, Preston Smith, Dodge City, Kan., and Runner-up Champion, Brennin Jack, Prince Albert, Sask.

The Audrey K. Banks “Rookie of the Year” Award winner was Justin Gattey, Consort, Alberta.

Each of the 31 semi-finalists received a barbecue set from the LMA and vests, coolers, and knives from the host market.

The auctioneering phase of the contest was conducted during an actual sale with live bidders in the seats. Contestants were judged on the clarity of their auction chant, vocal quality, ability to catch bids and conduct the sale, and  whether the judges would hire the contestant for their own livestock market.

The WLAC highlights the auctioneer’s crucial role in the competitive marketing of livestock.  LMA hosts the contest each year to promote the auction method of selling livestock, which results in true price discovery of the value of all classes of livestock and sets the cash market for all other methods of selling.

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