Blaine Lotz, a 21-year-old Edna, Kan. Resident, is the winner of this year’s World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, which took place on June 21 in Knoxville, Iowa. It was the 51st anniversary of the Livestock Marketing Association’s World Livestock Auctioneer Championship.
Lotz’s family has a tradition of auctioneering, which started with his grandfather, NPR reports.
“Later on, mom came along and she incorporated livestock auctions,” Lotz said to NPR.
His parents met in Diamond, Miss, at an auction. His mother was the auctioneer. His father was a cattle buyer, NPR reports.
Lotz enrolled at Western College of Auctioneering in Montana when he was only 15. He sold at his first auction just a month after finishing auctioneering school. Then, he participated in the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship at just 18, the youngest age allowed to compete.
"I went straight for the world contest," Lotz told NPR. "I never did compete in any other competitions or championships."
Lotz says there is more to auctioneering than just speed, NPR reports.
“Just about anybody you ask, they can tell you what they think an auctioneer is and it’s always a fast talker,” Lotz told NPR. “But it’s really more than that. I’m the bid-taker. I am the middleman. I am the agent between buyer and seller.”
AgWired’s Jamie Johansen reports that Lotz was sponsored by South Coffeyville Stockyards, Inc., South Coffeyville, Okla.; Fredonia Livestock Auction, Fredonia, Kan.; and Tulsa Stockyards, Inc., Tulsa, Okla. in the championships.
For winning the championship, Lotz get a customized 2014 Ford F-150 pickup to use for the year he is champion, $5,000 cash, a championship sculpture, world champion Gist belt buckle and a hand-tooled leather briefcase from the Livestock Marketing Association, a world champion ring sponsored by Knoxville Regional Livestock Market, the Golden Gavel Award sponsored by the World Wide College of Auctioneering and a James Reid, Ltd. Money clip sponsored by CattleUSA.com, according to AgWired.
The Reserve Champion from this year’s competition was Preston Smith from Dodge City, Kan. Smith was sponsored by Winter Livestock, Inc., Dodge City, Kan. and Pratt Livestock in Pratt, Kan. The Runner-up Champion was Brennin Jack from Prince Albert, Sask.