Neil Bouray

Neil Bouray catches a bid during the Kansas Auctioneers Association Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Coffeyville.

Mankato Livestock auctioneer Neil Bouray earned the championship title at the ninth annual Kansas Livestock Auctioneer Championship.

The competition is presented by the Kansas Auctioneers Association, and was hosted this year by Coffeyville Livestock Market.

Contestants were judged based on the same criteria used to hire an auctioneer, including voice quality and clarity, bid-catching ability and execution of the sale. This year the contest was judged by Megan Niedens of McCurdy Auction in Wichita, Kansas, Jay Gates of Anthony Livestock in Anthony, Kansas, and Jeff Crissup of Wiggins Auction in Enid, Oklahoma.

Emporia Livestock Sales auctioneer Jase Hubert won reserve champion in the contest and Ethan Schuette of Washington, Kansas won third. Other competitors included Brandon Hamel, J.W. Leard and Wyatt Schumann.

Bouray will be presented with the championship buckle at the Kansas Auctioneers Association Winter Convention in Topeka, Kansas, on Jan. 19. £