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Texas Auctioneer Wins World Livestock Bidcaller Qualifier Event
USAgNet - 12/05/2022

Andy Baumeister of Goldthwaite, Texas, was named champion at the 2023 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) qualifying event at Longview Livestock in Longview, Texas. A total of 30 contestants competed for a top ten placing, granting them a spot in the 2023 WLAC semifinals at Arcadia Stockyard in Arcadia, Fla.

“As a kid, I was just infatuated with auctioneers and horse sales, actually,” Baumeister said. “We had a local horse sale that was once a month, and I think I was probably 12 or 13 when I went and got to sell for a bit. Once I got older, I would go and help every month, and then went to Missouri Auction School when I was 21.”

Baumeister and his family currently own and operate Lampasas Cattle Auction in Lampasas, Texas, where he sells regularly. He says that winning the qualifier in his home state is a wonderful feeling.

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.

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