LMA's Livestock Auctioneering Championship Showcases Vocation's Value to the Cattle IndustryTue, 02 Oct 2018 14:55:22 CDT
The Livestock Marketing Association, the group that represents livestock auction barns and other stakeholders across the US and even Canada, hosted one of its signature events in Holdenville, Okla. yesterday- the Midwest Regional Livestock Auctioneer Contest. The event attracted over 30 contestants, 10 of which qualified to represent the region at the LMA’s World Championship which will be held later on in Tulare, California this June. Clay Myers is owner of the Texoma Livestock Auction in Texoma, Okla. and serves as the chairman for the LMA Livestock Auctioneer Contest. He spoke about the event and auction business with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays who was on location yesterday to observe. According to Myers, the contest is rooted in applicable skills auctioneers must develop to be successful and effective at what they do.
“We try to showcase true price discovery and the auction method of marketing livestock,” he said. “It’s been around a long time and it’s still the best way to get top dollar for your cattle.”
As a veteran of the industry, Myers says much has changed since he first began his career as an auctioneer. The people for one, he says, do business a lot differently than they once did. Simple things like the advent of ring-side scales has been one factor- but more than anything he says has been the advancement of technology used by buyers and auctioneers alike.
“With new media and phones, you can get your cattle out through an internet auction… most of these guys are live on the internet anymore and that gets your market out to a lot of people,” Myers remarked, addressing some of the challenges that new technology has brought as well. “The hardest thing has been trying to figure out how we can continue to be traceable with these cattle at the speed of commerce. We don’t want to slow down the process any whatsoever and so there’s been a lot of talk about high and low frequency tags.”
Myers says the industry has mixed feelings about the issue of traceability but doesn’t think anyone outrightly opposes it, as long as it doesn’t slow commerce or add to the frustrations of doing business. Regardless, he believes personally that the implementation of real traceability in the industry is still a long way away.
Rising to the top of this contest, was Russele Sleep from Bedford, Iowa who will compete for World Champion in June. Also qualifying to compete in June was Dustin Smith of Jay, Okla. who auctioneers at the Fort Smith barn and Dakota Davis of Caldwell, Kansas.
Listen to the complete conversation between Myers and Hays to learn more about this contest, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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