Twenty-nine Auctioneers from Quebec to British Columbia gathered the last Friday in May for the Livestock Auctioneering Championship in Winnipeg. Last year’s national champion, Chance Martin from Alberta, was the master of ceremonies. The competitors were judged on their clarity, chant, voice control, professionalism, enthusiasm and general impression. A maximum of five points is awarded for each category, with top and bottom scores dropped before the balance is totalled. The top 10 competitors come back for the final round.
The 2010 Nat ional Champion buckle awarded by the Canadian Hereford Association went to Rodney Burnett, from Armstrong, B. C., sponsored by Valley Auction. The runner-up was Brennin Jack, from Regina, Sask., sponsored by Heartland Livestock of Regina. The second-place buckle is presented by the Canadian Limousin Assoc. The third-place buckle from the Canadian Simmental Association went to Tim Dowler of the host market, Winnipeg Livestock Sales. Fourth place was taken by Travis Rogers of Clyde, Alta., sponsored by Nilsson Brothers Inc. Travis received his buckle from the Canadian Hereford Association. Rob Bergevin, of Stavely, Alta., and VJV Foothills Livestock Auction took the fifth-place buckle awarded by the Canadian Angus Association. He also won the Jim Raffan Memorial buckle presented to the auctioneer who best exhibits Jim Raffan’s characteristics of congeniality and good sportsmanship. Rookie of the Year honours went to Scott Campbell, of Brandon who was sponsored by Killarney Auction Mart. Ivomec sponsored the buckle.
The top qualifying auctioneer from Manitoba or Saskatchewan, Jason Penner, took home the title of Man./ Sask. Champion.
The judges included Dan Skeels of Rimbey, Alta., winner of the first Livestock Markets Association national competition held in 1998, Bob Perlich of Lethbridge, Alta., Harvey Welter of Saskatoon, Sask., Ross Annett of Brooks, Alta., the 2004 National Champion, Jim Quintaine of Brandon, Man. and Ross McCall from Brussels, Ont.
This was the 13th year of the competition with the competition being won in the past by auctioneers from the Maritimes right to British Columbia.