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Paris Livestock Auction to host World Livestock Auctioneer Championship qualifier November 8

October 26, 2017

Kansas City, Mo.

Lindsay Graber Runft
(816) 301-2426

Paris Livestock Auction to host World Livestock Auctioneer Championship qualifier November 8
Auctioneer contest will stream live on

Paris Livestock Auction, 3320 US Highway 82 E., will host the second of three regional qualifying events for the 2018 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). The midwestern regional qualifying event will be November 8, with opening ceremonies beginning at 1:45 p.m. CST. A total of 22 contestants will compete for a top 10 placing, granting them a spot in the 2018 WLAC at Bloomington Livestock Exchange in Bloomington, Wis.

The reigning World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, Brian Curless, will attend the qualifier as event emcee.

In conjunction with the contest, Paris Livestock Auction will host regular sale beginning at 11:00 a.m. More information can be found at

Each qualifying event is a live sale where the contestants auction cattle to actual bidders in the seats. Contestants are judged on the clarity of their auction chant; vocal quality; and their ability to catch bids and conduct the sale. Judges are livestock market owners and managers from across the United States.

Contestants competing are Jared Anstine, Holden, Mo.; Neil Bouray, Webber, Kan.; Colton Brantley, Modesto, Calif.; Darren Carter, Ninety Six, S.C.; Leon Caselman, Long Lane, Mo.; Brent Croom, Dyer, Tenn.; Robert Crozier, Stilwell, Okla.; Philip Gilstrap, Pendleton, S.C.; Steven M. Goedert, Dillon, Mont.; Cody Hanold, Brighton, Ill.; Bradley Jemelka, Yoakum, Texas; Ed Leist, Boyne City, Mich.; Jacob Massey, Petersburg, Tenn.; Brandon McLagan, Milan, Mo.; Justin Mebane, Bakersfield, Calif.; Patrick Prather, Richmond, Ky.; Ethan Schuette, Washington, Kan.; Russele Sleep, Bedford, Iowa; Justin Steward, Wyoming, Iowa; Charles Tillman, Swink, Okla.; Marshal Tingle, Nicolasville, Ky.; Tim Yoder, Montezuma, Ga.

The public may attend the livestock auction and competition free of charge. It will also be streamed live on

About the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship
In June 1963, the Livestock Marketing Association held the first annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The purpose: to spotlight North America’s top livestock auctioneers and to salute their traditionally important role in the competitive livestock marketing process. That year, 23 auctioneers from the United States and Canada 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 in conjunction with the LMA Marketing Industry Convention at member markets around the U.S. and Canada. Recent locations include California, Missouri, Montana, Tennessee, Kansas, South Dakota and Alberta, Canada.

Though the rules have changed, the enthusiasm for the competition hasn’t. On average each year, nearly 100 auctioneers enter the qualifying events and only 31 (10 from each qualifying event, one from the auctioneering competition at Calgary Stampede) are selected to compete in the WLAC. The championship consists of three stages: the regional qualifying events held at different markets around the country, followed by the semi-finals and the finals that are 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 a local auction market that shares 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 showcases professionalism and promotes the auction method of selling livestock.

About the Livestock Marketing Association

The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is North America’s leading, national trade association dedicated to serving its members in the open and competitive auction method of marketing livestock. Founded in 1947, LMA has more than 800 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada and remains invested in both the livestock and livestock marketing industries through member support, education programs, policy representation and communication efforts.