Blaine Lotz has collected more professional accolades at the age of 22 than many people do in a lifetime. The Edna, Kan., native was the Livestock Marketing Association’s World Livestock Auctioneer Champion of 2014, and is now a full-time, third-generation auctioneer.
“My mother, Carla Lotz, and my grandfather on my mom’s side, Charles Ross, were auctioneers. My mom started doing livestock auctions in Missouri in her 20s,” said Lotz. “She met my dad, Mike, who was a livestock buyer, when she was doing an auction. She also completed an auction about an hour before she went into labor with me, so you can see it is in my blood.”
The Lotz family resides on a 300-acre cattle and horse ranch. Blaine serves as auctioneer at the annual Quest of the West Cattle Sale, along with weekly sales at South Coffeyville Stockyards Inc., Coffeyville Livestock Market, Fredonia Livestock Auction and Tulsa Stockyards Inc.
“Blaine is just an awesome young man. He works hard, is self-disciplined and has probably the best-sounding auctioneer’s voice I have ever heard,” said Joe Don Eaves, owner, Tulsa Stockyards, Inc. “Blaine knows the livestock business well, and is a great spokesperson for the livestock industry. I have a world of respect for him and the work he does.”
Lotz studied auctioneering at Western College of Auctioneering, Billings, Mont. His mom had taught him the business growing up, and was able to help him attend the two-week course at the age of 15. Generally, only students 18 and older are accepted in the program.
“I did my first livestock sale shortly after that at the age of 15,” he said. “When I turned 17, I had my first full-time job at Fredonia Livestock Auction in Fredonia, Kan.”
Ironically, Lotz had to wait until he turned 18 to compete in the LMA auctioneer championships. He won three regional qualifiers three years in a row. He was runner-up in the world championship in 2013, and then was named world champion in 2014.
“I got to travel around the world, and be an ambassador for the livestock industry and for auctioneers,” he said. “I hope to work my way into doing more registered livestock sales and real estate and land auctions. I may even want to be an instructor at some point. I enjoy promoting the livestock business and auctioneering with FFA students and other organizations.”
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