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Seth Steinhoff from Smithland, Iowa, takes his turn at the microphone Saturday. David Samson

Finding their call: 24th Annual Auctioneer Championship hits West Fargo

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This past Saturday, the Central Livestock West Fargo market hosted the 24th Annual Midwest Livestock Auctioneer Championship. The contest focuses on the role of the livestock auctioneer and livestock market in what is felt to be the best possible way to merchandise all classes of livestock. Contestants began competing at 10 a.m. with the final round of auctioneering at 1 p.m.

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Mike Hilde, Central Livestock West Fargo market manager, was proud to bring the contest back to where it all began.

“This contest first started here in 1989 at what was formally known as the West Fargo Stockyards and we are honored to have it back.”

Over the years there’s been great participation and the contest has expanded to 36 contestants vying for the title, representing 15 states in this year’s contest. Contestants were scored by five judges based on their voice control, clarity, command of the auction, auctioneer chant, appearance, poise, salesmanship, bid catching and use of the microphone.

The purpose of Central Livestock Association is to assist livestock producers in production and marketing by providing competitive prices, superior service and broader outlets through a profitable and innovative organization. Central Livestock has four livestock auction markets, located in Rock Creek, Albany and Zumbrota, Minn., and West Fargo.

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