International Livestock Auctioneer Championships
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 29th annual International Livestock Auctioneer Compeition in the Agrium Western Event Centre, vying to fill the big boots of 2016 Champion, Alberta based Corey Lawrence. And this year there is more prize money at stake than ever before - $10,000 goes to the winner!
Contestants will start the bidding at Calgary Stockyards Auction in Strathmore, with the top 10 advancing to the final round on Park on Saturday, July 15, 2017. That’s when we invite the public to get in on the action! Finalists will be required to sell brand consignment cattle and one Black Box item. You are welcomed get involved in the fun and excitement by bidding on any black box items that catch your eye.
Competitors will be judged on rhythm, clarity, voice control, and livestock knowledge, as well as their abilty to spot bids and conduct a sale.
|Event Dates:||July 14–15, 2017|
|Entry Closing Date:||June 12, 2017|
|Location:||Offsite & Agrium Western Event Centre|
THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Informal reception for contestants. Draw for selling order.
FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017 (Calgary Stockyards, Strathmore, Alberta)
9:00 AM Orientation
10:00 AM Preliminary Round (transportation available to and from sale location originating at the hotel)
SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017 (Agrium Western Events Center, Stampede Park)
9:00 AM Orientation & Breakfast for the Auctioneer Judges and Top Ten Finalists in the International Room. This breakfast is an orientation for the finalists and their spouses only. A draw will be made for Black Box items at this time.
11:30 AM Final Round Featuring the "Brand Consignment Sale" (Agrium Western Event Centre)
5:00 PM Wind-up Reception in the historic Rotary House on Stampede Park
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 - $10,000 Highest prize money for a livestock auctioneer competition!!
Reserve Champion - $ 2,000
Third - $ 1,000
Fourth - $ 500
Top Ten - *NEW* for 2017, each one of the remaining finalist will receive $250
The 10 finalists will be presented with an award for the Final Round, which will be held in the Agrium Western Event Centre Arena on Stampede Park on Saturday, July 15 commencing at 11:30 am. This is an actual sale of animals that are contributed by Canadian ranchers. Each finalist will sell five drafts including one brand consignement animal 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 $10,000 in prize money and a custom designed belt buckle.
The Reserve Champion Auctioneer will receive $2,000 in prize money and a custom designed belt buckle.
The third place winner will receive $1,000
The fourth place winner will receive $ 500.
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 Calgary Stockyards, Strathmore, AB on Friday, July 14 commencing at 11:30 am. 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. It is permissible for an employee or owner of the Host Market to compete in the International Livestock Auctioneers Competition, on the year that they are host.
6. The International Livestock Auctioneer Committee reserves the right to decide on any point not covered by the above regulations.
To Be Announced
For more information, please contact Lori Wheeler, Agriculture Programming Coordinator 403.261.0309 firstname.lastname@example.org
Marty Ward (Chair), Scott McKinnon (Vice-Chair), Bryan Danard (Past Chair), Dale Befus (CS Director Liaison), Rob Bergevin, Aaron Canart, Alison Collins, Dale Dola, Tanya Hagel, Connie Hykaway, Allan Lively, Chance Martin, Greg Sanderson, Dan Skeels and Ron Ward
Janette Macmillan (Ag Manager), Lori Wheeler (Ag Programming Co-ordinator)