OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (November 11, 2021) – Andrew Sylvester of Wamego, Kan. was named champion at the 2022 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Midwestern Region qualifying event. Cherokee Sales Co., located in Cherokee, Okla., hosted the second of three WLAC qualifying events on Wednesday, October 10. A total of 30 contestants competed for a top ten placing, which would grant them a spot in the 2022 WLAC semifinals at Shipshewana Auction, Inc. in Shipshewana, Ind.
“It’s truly humbling,” Sylvester said. “I honestly wasn’t expecting this. My goal was to come here and not embarrass my family, my livestock market or myself. I just tried my best to come in genuine, and get up there and do my job.”
This was Sylvester’s first appearance in a WLAC qualifying event, where he also walked away with the title of High Score Rookie.
“Am I a rookie?” Sylvester said. “Yes – I’ve never been to the contest before, but I’ve been selling cattle for a few years and I’ve been involved in the industry during that time.”
Sylvester originally started auctioneering with the interest of selling purebred cattle, but realized he was more interested in all facets of the livestock and livestock marketing industries. He currently serves as the auctioneer for Manhattan Commission Company in Manhattan, Kan. and Crossroads Real Estate & Auction.
A live cattle sale took place, with the market’s regular buyers and sellers in the seats. Auctioneer contestants were judged on the clarity and quality of their chant, presentation, ability to catch bids/conduct the sale and how likely the judge would be to hire the auctioneer. Judges for the qualifying event were livestock market owners, managers, dealers and/or allied industry members from across the nation.
Individuals advancing to the semifinals with Sylvester are Zach Ballard, Presho, S.D.; Reserve Champion Justin Dodson, Welch, Okla.; Runner-Up Will Epperly, Dunlap, Iowa; Brandon Hamel, Natoma, Kan.; Lynn Langvardt, Chapman, Kan.; Kyle Layman, North Platte, Neb.; Chris Pinard, Swainsboro, Ga.; Barrett Simon, Rosalia, Kan.; Dustin Smith, Jay, Okla.
Other contestants who competed were Leon Caselman, Long Lane, Mo.; Spencer Cline, Kingston, Ark.; Keelan Dunn, Bowie, Texas; Quest Flesner, Hannibal, Mo.; Jacob Hills, Ridgeway, Wis.; Calvin Hollis, Mannford, Okla.; Michael Imbrogno, Turlock, Calif.; John Kisner, Hays, Kan.; Josh Larson, Haxtun, Colo.; Lane Marbach, Victoria, Texas; Tilon Mast, Auburn, Neb.; Clayton Neumann, Ringwood, Okla.; Lander Nicodemus, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Ross Parks, New Concord, Ohio; Kade Rogge, Rupert, Idaho; Ethan Schuette, Washington, Kan.; Jeff Showalter, Broadway, Va.; Lonnie Stripe, Humeston, Iowa; Andrew Sylvester, Wamego, Kan.; Scott Twardowski, Swanville, Minn.; Corbitt Wall, Canyon, Texas.
About the Livestock Marketing AssociationThe Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is North America’s leading, national trade association dedicated to serving its members in the open and competitive auction method of marketing livestock. Founded in 1947, LMA has more than 800 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada and remains invested in both the livestock and livestock marketing industries through support, representation and communication efforts. For more information, visit www.LMAWeb.com.