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Perlich Auction set to host annual auctioneer championships

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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About 30 auctioneers from across Canada are gearing up to head to the Lethbridge area for an annual championship competition. On May 12, the Perlich Bros Auction Mart in Lethbridge is hosting the Livestock Markets Association of Canada’s (LMAC) Annual Auctioneering Championship.

Scott Anderson, LMAC president, says the competition side of things are coming together extremely well. The agenda has gone to publication and all of their guest speakers have been confirmed.
“Sponsorship has been excellent with our usual national sponsors all returning and excellent local support as well,” adds Anderson.
This will be a convention weekend with the championship on the Friday and the LMAC AGM on the Saturday morning.
The meeting will conduct elections for the board of directors as well as listen to keynote speakers.
Anderson says they will address topics of national interest in the field of livestock marketing and inform members on various upcoming changes in areas of transport and traceability regulations.
At the competition, those taking part will show off their skills as livestock auctioneers.
“They will be graded on clarity, chant, general speed and knowledge of the product,” explains Anderson.
Judges will watch each auctioneer’s work. Judges will be made up of past champions and other pillars of the livestock marketing industry.
Awards for the top auctioneers as well as the most congenial auctioneer will be handed out at the evening banquet May 13. The winning auctioneer will receive a belt buckle; the use of a T-Down aluminum gooseneck cattle trailer for one year; a paid entry into the Calgary Stampede international auctioneering competition and the title of being Canada’s champion livestock auctioneer on his resumé.
“We will also be handing out our Hall of Fame award that goes to an outstanding contributor to our association every year based on lifetime achievements,” adds Anderson.
The annual auctioneering competition has been around for 21 years with the first being held in Winnipeg in 1996.
“This annual event is a fantastic means of bringing people together that make their livings in the business of marketing cattle through auction marts, buying stations and order buying companies,” points out Anderson.
He says all of these participants handle millions of dollars every day as cattle change hands from cow/calf producers, through backgrounders, to feedlots and on through the processing plants.
“Through this convention market operators can chat about different aspects of their own operation and compare with how things work in other parts of the country under different circumstances,” adds Anderson.
This event usually coincides with things beginning to slow down for summer. It also gives all of the LMAC members a chance to get together for fellowship and building and renewing business partnerships.

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