We held our 8th Annual Kansas Livestock Auctioneer Championship on October 29th at Russell Livestock, LLC in Russell, Kansas. Contestants have to not only be members of the Kansas Auctioneers Association, but also be sponsored by a Kansas livestock market.
Gayle Ruggles of McCook, Nebraska, Justin Murphy of Russel, Iowa and Ronnie Reynolds of Yates Center, Kansas, had the honor of judging this years 11 competitors. They scored the contestants on presentation, clarity of chant/voice quality, bid catching, execution of sale and the question, “Would you hire this auctioneer?” Our 2015 Kansas Livestock Auctioneer Champion, Russele Sleep, was the master of ceremonies for this highly competitive event with so many highly talented auctioneers.
We are proud to announce Kyle Layman of Morland, KS as our 2016 Livestock Auctioneer Champion. Rounding out the top 5 are Brandon Hamel of Damar, KS; Dan McVey of Springfield, CO; Neil Bouray of Superior, NE and Cody Murray of Sylvan Grove, KS.
Listen to a radio interview KRSL and our very own Mike Bailey and Russele Sleepe, along with Craig Hienen of Russell Livestock, LLC on the morning of the contest.