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Petersburg’s Jacob Massey is among a very limited number of livestock auctioneers from across the country to qualify for the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) World Livestock Auctioneer Championship to be held in Knoxville, Iowa, in June.
Massey, a previous state champion and international livestock auctioneer competitor, was one of 10 top finalists competing in LMA’s final World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Qualifier held in Missouri on Thursday, Jan. 2. He is an auctioneer with Van Massey Auctioneers here in Fayetteville.
Also finishing in the top positions in the qualifier were Blaine Lotz of Edna, Kansas; Preston Smith, Dodge City, Kansas; Russele Sleep, Bedford, Iowa; Mitch Barthel, Perham, Minn.; Blake McDaniel, Tallassee, Ala.; Jay Romine, Mt. Washington, Ky.; Duane Rus, Rock Valley, Iowa; Jason Santomaso, Sterling, Colo.; and David Whitaker, Ames, Iowa.
The qualifying event took place at Missouri/Kansas Livestock Market in Butler, Mo.
The contest was during an actual sale with live bidders in the seats. Contestants were judged on the clarity of their auction chant, vocal quality, their ability to catch bids and conduct the sale, and finally, if the judge would hire this auctioneer for their own livestock market.
Each year, there are three qualifying events. The first qualifier was at Tulare County Stockyards, Dinuba, Calif., and the second qualifier was at Blue Grass South Stockyard, Stanford, Ky. Ten finalists are selected at each qualifying event; those finalists and an international champion from Canada compete at the WLAC.
The 2014 WLAC will be in Iowa at Knoxville Regional Livestock Market on June 21, in conjunction with the LMA Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.
The WLAC highlights the auctioneer’s crucial role in the competitive marketing of livestock. LMA hosts the contest each year to promote the auction method of selling livestock, which results in true price discovery of the value of all classes of livestock and sets the cash market for all other methods of selling.
All qualifying events and the WLAC are broadcast live on LMAAuctions.com.
LMA, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., 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.