Blaine Lotz of Edna, Kansas won the first qualifying competition for the 2013 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Mid America Stockyards in Bristow, Okla. Defeating 21 contestants, Lotz qualified for the WLAC for the second consecutive year. He is sponsored by South Coffeyville Stockyard, South Coffeyville, Okla. and Fredonia Livestock Auction, Fredonia, Kan.
Ashley Noland, Amarillo, Texas was the Reserve Champion of the day, sponsored by Hollis Commission, Hollis, Okla. and Elk City Livestock Auction, Elk City, Okla. Runner-up Champion was Tracy Sullivan, Prague, Okla., sponsored by Southern Oklahoma Livestock Auction, Ada, Okla., Woodward Livestock Auction, Woodward, Okla. and Holdenville Livestock Market, Holdenville, Okla.
Seven additional contestants rounded out the top 10:
Mike Godberson, Pawnee, Okla.; Andrew McDowell, Vandalia, Ill.; Justin Mebane, Bakersfield, Calif.; Jay Romine, Mt. Washington, Ky.; Jason Santomaso, Sterling, Colo.; Russle Sleep, Bedford, Iowa; and Preston Smith, Dodge City, Kan.
These top 10 auctioneers have earned their place in the semi-finals at the 2013 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, hosted by Montgomery Stockyards, LLC, in Montgomery, Ala., on June 14-15.
This prestigious event is produced by Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), a trade association dedicated to serving livestock auction markets, during LMA’s annual convention. LMA believes that the open, competitive bidding method of livestock marketing affords true price discovery on every class and type of animal, and that livestock auction markets provide tremendous economic benefits to producers and rural communities.
Two additional qualifying competitions will be held to determine who will step into the 20 remaining spots for the 2013 WLAC. The next competition will be held on Sept. 24, 2012 at Southeast Mississippi Livestock, AAL in Hattiesburg, Miss. The last opportunity to gain entry into the finals will be at Stockland Livestock Auction in Davenport, Wash. on Oct. 29. In addition, the International Livestock Auctioneer Champion is traditionally given a “bye” into the contest, creating a field of 31 competitors.
Auctioneers can still enter the Oct. 29 event in Davenport, Wash. An online entry form and complete rules are available at www.LMAWe b.com. The entry deadline is 4 p.m. (CDST), Wednesday, Sept. 26.
The qualifiers and 2013 WLAC final rounds are broadcast at www.LMAAuctions.com.
About the Livestock Marketing Association:
Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is North America’s largest membership organization dedicated to supporting, representing and communicating with and for the entire livestock marketing sector. LMA has approximately 800 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.lmaweb. com.£