First, my apologies for not updating you for a while; between finishing up the rodeo season and getting ready for fall runs, I have not had time to breathe! Not to mention I needed to spend some time catching up with the family.
I did hit the airport/road again this last week and headed down to Oklahoma and Kansas.
I arrived in Tulsa Wednesday afternoon and drove up to Lenapah, OK to stay with my friends Justin and Jeannie McKee. I had the privilege of eating at Russell McKee’s “cook shack” on Wednesday evening. (Russell, Justin’s father, is a former LMA President) His REAL home cookin’ was awesome! I am pretty sure it topped my experience at Waffle House.
Thursday was a big day at Coffeyville Livestock Market with their Anniversary Sale. Over 2,300 head of bred cows, yearling cattle and calves crossed the auction ring and there was a house full of buyers and spectators for the entire day! The sale got underway at around 11:30 after their appreciation lunch of burgers, beans and Coffeyville Livestock caps. –Collecting market caps is one of my favorite perks of this job.
Brian Little and Jimmy Ted King have owned and operated the market there in Coffeyville for 6 years and have built quite an impressive business. Southeast Kansas has a lot of competition when it comes to livestock markets and Brian and Jimmy Ted have work hard to earn and keep their clients.
It’s tradition that Brian invites a few other WLAC competitors and friends to make an appearance at the Anniversary Sale, and in attendance this year was Jay Romine from Kentucky, Charly Cummings from Yates Center, KS, Andrew McDowell from Illinois and his father Alva. As you can tell, the trip kind of turned into a mini auctioneer’s convention.
Friday we all headed to SEK Stockyards, LLC in Gas, KS. Charly Cummings is a partner in the market. I was very excited and pleasantly surprised to see Lanny Ireland, the 1996 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion at the sale. I had a nice visit with Lanny. He has certainly been an influence in my bid calling and it was great to finally have a few minutes to sit down with him and talk about the business.
All in all, it was a very memorable weekend with some excellent auctioneers and friends. Thanks to Brian and Charly for inviting me to be a part of their sales…it’s a trip I’ll remember for a long time!
To all of you who have submitted questions about how to become a livestock auctioneer and requesting tips and tricks of the trade: I have not forgotten about you and am working to answer your questions. I will premiere that section of the blog site on October 20 and should have video uploaded by the second week in November. I appreciate your patience!