OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (May 10, 2023) – The 59th World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) is set to take place in conjunction with the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) Annual Convention June 7-10, 2023, in Punta Gorda and Arcadia, Fla.
A total of 31 semi-finalist auctioneers will compete in the championship event. The auctioneering contest will begin with the interview portion of the competition where each WLAC semi-finalist must clearly establish and demonstrate their knowledge of the livestock marketing industry. The second part of the competition will take place during a live sale at Arcadia Stockyard in Arcadia, Fla., where contestants will sell cattle to actual bidders in the seats.
Contestants who qualified to compete are Andy Baumeister, Goldthwaite, Texas; Neil Bouray, Webber, Kan.; Leon Caselman, Long Lane, Mo.; Dakota Davis, Waukomis, Okla.; Shannon Davis, Winnsboro, Texas; Justin Dodson, Welch, Okla.; Dean Edge, Rimbey, Alberta; Philip Gilstrap, Pendleton, S.C.; Michael Imbrogno, Turlock, Calif.; Brennin Jack, Virden, Manitoba; Marcus Kent, Dunnellon, Fla.; Lynn Langvardt, Chapman, Kan.; Ed Leist, Gaylord, Mich.; Wade Leist, Boyne City, Mich.; Lane Marbach, Victoria, Texas; Jacob Massey, Petersburg, Tenn.; Brandon McLagan, Elmer, Mo.; Jeremy Miller, Fairland, Okla.; Daniel Mitchell, Cumberland, Ohio; Ben Morgan, Organ Cave, W.Va.; Sixto Paiz, Portales, N.M.; Chris Pinard, Swainsboro, Ga.; Jack Riggs, Glenns Ferry, Idaho; Troy Robinett, Decatur, Texas; Jay Romine, Mt. Washington, Ky.; Ethan Schuette, Washington, Kan.; Jeff Showalter, Broadway, Va.; Andrew Sylvester, Wamego, Kan.; Seth Waldroup, Westminster, S.C.; Curtis Wetovick, Fullerton, Neb.; and Tim Yoder, Montezuma, Ga.
Reigning World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, Will Epperly, will be in attendance, along with many other former World Livestock Auctioneer Champions. Each will sell cattle during the Parade of Champions, a portion of the WLAC sale between the semi-finalist and finalist rounds.
If you are interested in viewing WLAC, tune into the live, online broadcasts. The interviews will be on Friday, June 10, and can be viewed live on www.LMAauctions.com
or the LMA Facebook Live starting at 3:00 p.m. (ET). The auctioneering competition will be at Arcadia Stockyard beginning at 8:00 a.m. (ET) and will also be streamed on www.LMAAuctions.com
and LMA Facebook Live. Following the event, WLAC will be broadcast as a special, one-hour show on RFD-TV.