Shorthorn cattle were another career highlight, including the popular Leveldale/Alexander sales. Merrill later helped guide early Simmental sales in the U.S. In 1970, he formed C/A Livestock with partners Gordon Phillips, Hays Walker and Casey Anderson, marketing Simmental cattle at the height of the breed’s explosion.
Merrill loved the horse business, too, and embarked on a career selling Arabian and Standardbred horses at the highest level. He had the pleasure of selling Doc and Pat Walker’s Standardbred sale near Springfield, IL, for 38 years.
“Summing this up, it was the people that opened doors for me,” Merrill wrote. “It was the men who sold advertising and guided me through every sale I had. These men make an auctioneer, not vice versa.”
“There’s no business like the auction business. It’s a wonderful fraternity, and I’m happy to be part of it. Thank you, friends.”
Merrill was unable to attend the Livestock Marketeers banquet due to illness, and sent his regrets via friend Kirby Goettsch, Aberdeen, SD; he was saluted with a toast by the Marketeers. His Hall of Fame award had been presented at his Texas home in December by Goettsch and fellow Marketeers Doug Paul, Edmond, OK; Ken Dolson, Hico, TX; and Ken Torr, Greencastle, IN.
Merrill Anderson passed away in Weslaco, TX, on Feb. 2, 2012.
Steve Dorran grew up on the West Coast of Canada, on Vancouver Island. As a young boy, he was a member of the 4-H beef club, raising, fitting and showing Angus steers. Steve’s fascination with the auction business was a result of the 4-H auctions at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, where he sold his steers and watched the auctioneers work.
Moving to Alberta in 1972, Steve went to work at Western Breeders as a herdsman in the bull barns, moving on to the position of marketing and beef specialist.
In 1977, Steve attended the Superior School of Auctioneering in Decatur, IL. In 1979, he left Western Breeders to focus full-time on the purebred livestock marketing business as a ringman and auctioneer.
Throughout the last 33 years, Steve has conducted as many as 200 sales a year. His auction career has taken him to 38 states, seven provinces in Canada, and the Royal Sydney Show in Australia.
Some of the greatest memories of his career have been traveling and working with many of the leading marketing professionals in the purebred livestock industry. Without the skill of each individual on a marketing team, the ultimate success of a sale would never be attained. After selling many breeds and species of livestock, Steve says it has been an honor to work with and for these industry leading breeders.