Livestock Auctioneers Compete For Trip To Nationals

IMPERIAL, Neb. Cattleman from all over the region were in Imperial Saturday, September 30th, 2017 for their shot at being the regions top auctioneer.

Imperial Auction Market hosted the first of three qualifying events for the 2017 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship.

In total, 25 contestants competed for a top 10 finish that will grant them a spot in the championship.

Contestants were judged on the clarity of their auction chant, vocal quality and their ability to catch bids plus conduct sales.

"Every where I go I see great livestock markets, local livestock auction markets where we find true price discovery and we get top dollar for our producers' livestock everyday through these sale rinks," says Brian Curless, the 2017 World Livestock Auctioneer champion.

"It's just an opportunity to highlight what they do and what they mean to the livestock auction business and what they mean to true price discovery for farmers all across the county," says Jerry Etheredge, the President of Livestock Marketing Association.

The championship will be held in Bloomington, Wisconsin June 6-9, 2018.