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In June 1963, Livestock Marketing Association held the first annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). The purpose: to spotlight North America’s top livestock auctioneers and to salute their traditionally important role in the competitive livestock marketing process. Auctioneers from the United States and Canada came to the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Denver, Colorado to show off their auctioneering talents. Twenty-three contestants sold the same 20 head of cattle over and over again. The contest was held at hotels until 1967, when it traveled to its first LMA member market. Since then the WLAC has been held at member markets around the U.S. and Canada. Recent locations include Missouri, Montana, Tennessee, Kansas, South Dakota and Alberta, Canada. Though the rules have changed, the enthusiasm for the competition hasn’t. The largest number of entrants in the contest to date was in 1981 when LMA received 105 auctioneer entries.

The championship consists of three stages, the regional competition, semi-finals and the finals, held each June in conjunction with the LMA Annual Convention. Contestants competing for the World Champion title must be 18 years old, employed as a livestock auctioneer and sponsored by LMA members who share in the favorable publicity generated by the winners. LMA is proud to sponsor an event that brings together North America’s top livestock auctioneers in a competition that showcased professionalism and promotes the auction method of marketing.

Past World Champions

2022

Will Epperly

Dunlap, Iowa

Hosted by:

Shipshewana Auction & Trading Place

Shipshewana, Indiana

2021

Chuck Bradley

Rockford, Alabama

Hosted by:

Dickson Regional Livestock Center, LLC

Dickson, Tennessee

2019

Russele Sleep

Bedford, Iowa

Hosted by:

Tulare Sales Yard

Tulare, California

2018

Jared Miller

Leon, Iowa

Hosted by:

Bloomington Livestock Exchange

Bloomington, Wisconsin

2017

Brian Curless

Pittsfield, Illinois

Hosted by:

Public Auction Yards

Billings, Montana

2016

Andy White

Ashland, Ohio

Hosted by:

Paris Stockyards

Paris, Kentucky

2015

Brandon Neely

Southside, Alabama

Hosted by:

Clifton Livestock Commission

Clifton, Texas

2014

Blaine Lotz

Edna, Kansas

Hosted by:

Knoxville Regional Livestock Market

Knoxville, Iowa

2013

Dustin Focht

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Hosted by:

Montgomery Stockyards

Montgomery, Alabama

2012

Bailey Ballou

Elgin, Oklahoma

Hosted by:

Turlock Livestock Auction Yard, Inc.

Turlock, California

2011

Charly Cummings

Yates Center, Kansas

Hosted by:

Upstate Livestock Exchange, LLC

Williamston, South Carolina

2010

Kyle Shobe

Lewistown, Montana

Hosted by:

Oklahoma National Stockyards, Inc.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2009

Ty Thompson

Billings, Montana

Hosted by:

Fergus Falls Livestock Auction Market, Inc.

Fergus Falls, Minnesota

2008

Matt Lowery

Burwell, Nebraska

Hosted by:

Sioux Falls Regional Livestock

Worthing, South Dakota

2007

Trent Stewart

Redmond, Oregon

Hosted by:

Springfield Livestock Marketing Center

Springfield, Missouri

2006

David Macedo

Tulare, California

Hosted by:

Escalon Livestock Market, Inc.

Escalon, California

2005

Ron Kreis

Adamsville, Ohio

Hosted by:

Tulsa Stockyards

Tulsa, Oklahoma

2004

Dan Skeels

Rimbey, Alberta

Hosted by:

Public Auction Yards

Billings, Montana

2003

Jon Schaben

Dunlap, Iowa

Hosted by:

Blue Grass Stockyards

Lexington, Kentucky

2002

John Korrey

Illif, Colorado

Hosted by:

Dunlap Livestock Auction

Dunlap, Iowa

2001

Shawn Madden

Torrington, Wyoming

Hosted by:

OKC West Livestock Market, Inc.

El Reno, Oklahoma

2000

Max Olvera

Turlock, California

Hosted by:

Western Stockman’s Market, Inc.

Famoso, California

1999

Rick Machado

Arroyo Grande, California

Hosted by:

Western Carolina Livestock Market

Asheville, North Carolina

1998

Lex Madden

Torrington, Wyoming

Hosted by:

Central Missouri Sales Company

Sedalia, Missouri

1997

Joe Frazier

McCook, Nebraska

Hosted by:

Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Inc.

Fort Pierre, South Dakota

1996

Lanny Ireland

Fort Scott, Kansas

Hosted by:

Burnt Lake Livestock Mart, LDIV

Red Deer, Alberta

1995

Mike Baxter

Ainsworth, Nebraska

Hosted by:

Knoxville Livestock Center, Inc.

Knoxville, Tennessee

1994

Bruce Brock

Battle Creek, Iowa

Hosted by:

Atchison County Auction Company

Atchison, Kansas

1993

Denny Prilipp *

Algona, Iowa

Hosted by:

Public Auction Yards

Billings, Montana

1992

Jim Funk

Edgewood, Iowa

Hosted by:

Roanoke-Hollins Stockyards

Hollins, Virginia

1991

Roger Emigh *

McCook, Nebraska

Hosted by:

Oklahoma National Stockyards

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

1990

Kenneth Wilcox

Amarillo, Texas

Hosted by:

Shasta Livestock Auction Yard

Cottonwood, California

1989

Paul C. Behr

St. Paul, Minnesota

Hosted by:

Blue Grass Stockyards

Lexington, Kentucky

1988

Joe Don Pogue

Sulphur Springs, Texas

Hosted by:

Amarillo Livestock Auction Company

Amarillo, Texas

1987

Jeff Stokes

Port Orchard, Washington

Hosted by:

Ontario Stock Yards

Toronto, Ontario

1986

John Rodgers

Tulare, California

Hosted by:

Ellensburg Sales Yard

Ellensburg, Washington

1985

Stenson Clontz

Jerome, Idaho

Hosted by:

Humeston Livestock Auction, Inc.

Humeston, Iowa

1984

James Carrithers

Johnson, Kansas

Hosted by:

Bales Continental Commission, Inc.

Huron, South Dakota

1983

Bud Knight *

Billings, Montana

Hosted by:

Dickson Livestock Center, Inc.

Dickson, Tennessee

1982

Dan Williams

Boone, North Carolina

Hosted by:

Saskatchewan Wheat Pool

Regina, Saskatchewan

1981

Doug Jaggers

Rushville, Nebraska

Hosted by:

St. Paul Union Stockyards

South St. Paul, Minnesota

1980

Dean Schow *

Paxton, Nebraska

Hosted by:

Templeton Livestock Market

Templeton, California

1979

Terry Elson

Curtis, Nebraska

Hosted by:

Livestock Exchange

Brush, Colorado

1978

Charles Cumberlin *

Brush, Colorado

Hosted by:

Four Square Markets, Inc.

Marshall, Missouri

1977

Bobby Russell

Jackson, Mississippi

Hosted by:

Calgary Stockyards

Calgary, Alberta

1976

Steve Liptay

Bowmanville, Ontario

Hosted by:

New Holland Sales Stables

New Holland, Pennsylvania

1975

Ron Ball

Brush, Colorado

Hosted by:

Arkansas National Stockyards Company

Little Rock, Arkansas

1974

Ralph Wade

Greeley, Colorado

Hosted by:

Stockland Livestock Exchange

Spokane, Washington

1973

Jim Strain

Martin, South Dakota

Hosted by:

Norfolk Livestock Market, Inc.

Norfolk, Nebraska

1972

Bob Steffes

Arthur, North Dakota

Hosted by:

Tri-County Livestock Company, Inc.

Social Circle, Georgia

1971

Ronald Woodward

Broken Bow, Nebraska

Hosted by:

Port City Stockyards

Sealy, Texas

1970

Parade of Former World Champions

Hosted by:

Omaha Stockyards

Omaha, Nebraska

1969

Archie Moody *

Darlington, South Carolina

Hosted by:

Monterey Fairgrounds

Monterey, California

1968

Robert Schnell

Lemmon, South Dakota

Hosted by:

Interstate Livestock Auction

Seffner, Florida

1967

Ken Troutt *

Emmett, Idaho

Hosted by:

Great Falls Livestock Market

Great Falls, Montana

1966

H. “Skinner” Hardy

Wasco, California

Hosted by:

Grand Hotel

Mackinac Island, Michigan

1965

Glen Helberg *

North Platte, Nebraska

Hosted by:

Muehlebach Hotel

Kansas City, Missouri

1964

Cecil Ward *

Gainsville, Texas

Hosted by:

John Marshall Hotel

Richmond, Virginia

1963

Ed Buckner *

Mexico, Missouri

Hosted by:

Cosmopolitan Hotel

Denver, Colorado

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