On February 12, 2011 I attended the Greater Midwest Livestock Auctioneer Championship (GMLAC) by St. Onge Livestock in St. Onge, South Dakota. While I was there supporting my fellow auctioneers I had the opportunity to do a play-by-play type broadcast on KBHB Sturgis 810 AM. Jim Thompson and I provided on-air commentary during the live broadcast of the competition. It was a fun way to participate in the contest and I think was a great compliment to the live broadcast of the sale online.
Though the radio broadcast was fun, the primary reason I was at the GMLAC was to present the GMLA Champion belt buckle. The buckle was sponsored by Livestock Marketing Association and Tri State Livestock News. I had the privilege of presenting it to Randy Searer from Savage, Montana the 2011 Greater Midwest Livestock Auctioneer Champion.
I would like to say thank you to Justin Tupper and the staff at St. Onge Livestock who did a terrific job in organizing the contest. They generated tremendous support by sponsors and the local community. It is always refreshing to see a community gather to support the local livestock market.
2011 Greater Midwest Livestock Auctioneer Champion- Randy Searer, Savage, MT
1st Runner- Up- Andy White, Ashland, OH
2nd Runner-Up- Justen Murphy, Melrose, IA
Jaxon Allen, Lewistown, MT
Tony Heinze, Dazey, ND
Travis Holck, Ruthton, MN
Brennin Jack, Regina, SK
Jeff Long, Enning, SD
Jeff McGuinness, Billings, MT
Rusty Taylor, White City, KS