World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Qualifying Event to Take Place

For more information or to be added to the media contact list, please contact: Lindsay Graber Director of Marketing& Communications Livestock Marketing Association 800-821-2048 For Immediate Release World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Qualifying Event to Take Place at Mo-Kan Livestock Market January 2 2013 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, Dustin Focht, to attend event

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (December 27, 2013) – Mo-Kan Livestock Market,Butler, Mo., will host the final qualifying event for the 2014 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) on January 2. A total of 33 contestants will compete for a top 10 placing that grants them a spot in the 2014 WLAC.

In addition, the reigning World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, Dustin Focht, will be attending the qualifier as the event emcee.

Contestants competing at the final WLAC qualifying event are Jared Anstine, Holden, Mo.; Adam Ashby, Nevada, Mo.; Zach Ballard, Creston, Iowa; Mitch Barthel, Perham, Minn.; Alex Belcher, Lick Creek, Ill.; Leon Caselman, Long Lane, Mo.; Bill Cook, Billings, Mont.; Mark Lane, Russellville, Ala.; Kyle Layman, Curtis, Neb.; Blaine Lotz, Edna, Kan.; Mike 'Hoss' Manske, Shattuck, Okla.; Brian Marlin, Inola, Okla.; Jacob Massey, Petersburg, Tenn.; Blake McDaniel, Tallassee, Ala.; Andrew McDowell, Vandalia, Ill.; Bill Nance, Sheldon, Mo.; Bill Patton, Vienna, Mo.; Freddie Phillips, Baton Rouge, La.; Tim Phipps, Liberal, Mo.; Roger Robinson, Orleans, Ind.; Jay Romine, Mt. Washington, Ky.; Duane Rus, Rock Valley, Iowa; Jason Santomaso, Sterling, Colo.; Kevin Schow, Paxton, Neb.; Justin 'J.D.' Shannon, Mountain Grove, Mo.; Russele Sleep, Bedford, Iowa; Preston Smith, Dodge City, Kan.; Gabe Spikes, Bowie, Texas; Seth Steinhoff, Smithland, Iowa; Robb Taylor, Ponca City, Okla.; Garrett Underwood, Louisville, Ky.; Scott Werlein, Mondovi, Wisc.; David Whitaker, Ames, Iowa.

The auctioneering competition will be streamed live at beginning at 11:00 a.m. (CT). Each contestant will sell 8 drafts of cattle.

Media are welcome to attend the live auctioneering competition. To arrange interviews during the contest or for onsite information, contact Lindsay Graber at 816-301-2426, or email

About the Livestock Marketing Association Livestock Marketing Association, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is North America’s largest membership organization dedicated to supporting, representing and communicating with and for the entire livestock marketing sector. LMA has approximately 800 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit

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