DENVER — Four industry professionals joined the Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame during the National Western Stock Show.
Phil Stoll of Fort Worth, TX, and Steve Dorran of Timnath, CO, were inducted into the Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame on Jan. 19 at the National Western Club in Denver. The Livestock Marketeers — an informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders — met for their 48th Annual Banquet at the National Western Club on Jan. 19. The event is hosted by American Live Stock.
The 2013 honorees included Merrill Anderson of Newman, IL, and Weslaco, TX; Steve Dorran of Timnath, CO; and Phil Stoll of Fort Worth, TX. Arvin Arthun of Billings, MT, was honored posthumously.
Master of ceremonies was J. Neil Orth, executive vice president of the American-International Charolais Association and a 1984 Hall of Fame inductee. He opened the event with a salute to legendary auctioneer and 1980 honoree Ray Sims, who passed away on Sept. 18, 2012.
The Livestock Marketeers group was initiated in 1965 by Harry Green, Ross Miller and Claud Willett. Their purpose was to form a fraternal organization of livestock professionals, and to make annual awards in order to encourage younger members of the industry to succeed in their chosen profession.
Seventy Marketeers were in attendance for 2013.
Born near Broadlands, IL, in 1939, Merrill Anderson grew up on Snip, the family farm raising Shorthorn cattle, Duroc and Berkshire hogs, Cheviot sheep and Standardbred and show horses. It was an excellent beginning for his career in the livestock industry.
Merrill attended the University of Kentucky on a basketball scholarship, where he recalls that the first person he met was Gene McDonald, who later served as field representative for Shorthorn World and worked with the great herds of that breed.
“Gene was and still is my greatest supporter, first encouraging me to get into the business,” noted the auctioneer.
Returning to the farm after his military service in the U.S. Army, Merrill married Lyn Coolley and had one son, Jim. He attended the Superior School of Auctioneering, Decatur, IL, in 1961.
“Ham and Hugh James, Paul Good, Ray Sims, Leroy Van Dyke and Neil Rich were the instructors, and they were impressive,” Merrill said.
Starting his professional auction career in the purebred swine business, Merrill started with the Berkshire breed and then added Chester Whites to his book; he went from 3 sales to 70 auctions in 1965 alone.