International Livestock Auctioneer Championships 2010

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Last Updated March 24, 2010

Thirty-five? Thirty-five? Would you bid a thirty-five? Who’s gonna bid it at a thirty-five dollar bid?

The fastest mouths in the west will be at it again this year during the 22nd annual International Livestock Auctioneer Competition under the Calgary Stampede’s Big Top, vying to fill the big boots of 2009 champion Paul Ramirez of Tuscon, Arizona.
Contestants will start the bidding at Highwood Auction Market, with the top 10 advancing to the final round on Park on Saturday, July 17. Finalists will be required to sell brand consignment cattle and one Black Box item.

Competitors will be judged on rhythm, clarity, voice control, and livestock knowledge, as well as their ability to spot bids and conduct a sale.

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 16–17, 2010
Entry Closing Date: June 25, 2009

The completed entry form with entry fee must be in the Agriculture Office by this date.



7:30 PM - 10:30 PM Informal reception for contestants (Blackfoot Inn) Draw for selling order

FRIDAY, JULY 16 (Highwood Auction Market, High River)

10:00 AM Preliminary Round (transportation available to and from sale location originating at the Blackfoot Inn)

SATURDAY, JULY 17 (Stampede Park)

9:00 AM Orientation & Brunch for Auctioneer Judges and Top Ten Finalists (International Room). Draw for Black Box items.

11:00 AM Final Round Featuring the "Brand Consignment Sale" (Big Top)

5:00 PM Wind-up Reception (Rotary House)

Entry Fees

The entry fee is $350.00 Canadian Funds (non-refundable).

All entry fees will be allocated to prize money, G.S.T. not applicable. Facsimiled entries will be accepted if accompanied with complete credit card information. Entry forms must be filled in completely.


Champion - $5000
Reserve Champion - $1,000
Third - $600
Fourth - $400

The 10 finalists will be presented with an award on behalf of Intervet Schering Plough and advance to the Final Round, which will be held in the Big Top Tent on Stampede Park on Saturday, July 17 commencing at 11:00 am. This is an actual sale of animals that are contributed by Canadian ranchers. Each finalist will sell four drafts and one other consignment.

The finalist selling order will be done on a draw basis, which will be made immediately following the Preliminary Round.

The International Livestock Auctioneer Champion will receive approximately $5500 in prize money and awards including a custom designed belt buckle and a Championship jacket.

The Reserve Champion Auctioneer will receive $1,000 in prize money and a custom designed silver belt buckle.
The third place winner will receive $600
The fourth place winner will receive $400.
The top Rookie will be awarded a custom designed belt buckle



1. Past champions of the International Livestock Auctioneer Competition are not eligible for entry in this contest. Livestock Auctioneers from any country are eligible to compete.

2. All contestants will compete in an actual sale, which will be held at Highwood Auction Market, High River, Alberta on Friday, July 16 commencing at 12:00 noon.  Each Auctioneer will sell a minimum of four drafts. It is the responsibility of each contestant to start their draft of cattle, market information will be provided for the contestant. The contestants will sell in the order drawn the previous Thursday evening.

3. Both the Preliminary and Final Rounds will be judged by the same panel of five judges with the high and low scores being dropped and an average of the remaining three used. The aggregate score of both the Preliminary Round and Final Round will be used to determine the final placings. Preliminary and Final round scores will not be posted; only the end results will be public knowledge.

 The scores will be based on:

a. spotting bids
b. repartee and timing
c. rhythm, clarity and voice control
d. livestock knowledge and the ability to conduct a sale
e. appearance, mannerisms and deportment.

In the event of a tie for 10th place in the Preliminary Round, the high and low scores dropped will be used to break the tie. If the scores remain tied, the auctioneers will be asked to sell one more draft each. In the event of a tie in the first four places in the Final Round, the high and low scores will once again be taken into account. If a tie still exists, the high and low scores from the Preliminary Round will be used. If a tie still exists, the auctioneers in question will be asked to sell one more draft each.

4. Rookie Award - Please indicate on the entry form if you have been a graduate of an auction school in the past five years (Previous winners are not eligible).

5. The Committee reserves the right to decide on any point not covered by the above regulations.



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For more information, please contact: Janette Bamford Agriculture Program Coordinator 403.261.9174


Wayne McKinnon (Chair), Greg Sanderson (Vice Chair), Rob Laidlaw (Director), Allison Wright (Agriculture Manager), Janette Bamford (Agriculture Program Coordinator), Bruce Brock, Pat Collins, Alison Collins, Bryan Danard, Dale Dola, Bruce Hepburn, Brant Hurlburt, Dan Lang, Allan Lively, Chance Martin, Scott McKinnon, Dan Skeels, Dale Tomlinson, Ron Ward