Charly Cummings, the winner of the 2011 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC), is bringing his award-winning talent to several Missouri auctions this week. After a stop in Kingsville, Mo., he will be on the other side of an auctioneer competition on Wednesday, April 11, when he serves as a judge for the Missouri Livestock Marketing Association’s annual Livestock Auctioneer Championship. The contest is being hosted by the South Central Regional Stockyards in Vienna, Mo. The Missouri contest highlights livestock auctioneers serving Missouri’s many local livestock auction markets. The contest begins at 10 a.m. and Cummings will be selling the sale following the conclusion of the contest.
Cummings will continue his tour of Missouri, visiting the Mo-Kan Livestock Auction in Butler, Mo. Sale time is 11 a.m. This auction will also be webcast live at www.LMAAuctions.com. The auction market’s website is www.mokanlivestock.com. Market owner Jim Hertzog is a close friend of Cummings and an award winning auctioneer in his own right, having competed against Cummings in previous WLAC competitions.
Cummings’ tour of Missouri will close on Friday, April 13, at the Eastern Missouri Commission Company, Bowling Green, Mo. Sale time is 9:30 a.m. The auction market’s website is www.emcclivestock.com. Cummings will sell here during a special yearling and weaned calf sale. EMCC President Mike VanMaanen has served as a judge for the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in the past and has seen firsthand the competition Cummings was up against to take the 2011 title.
Cummings, 32, defeated 32 other contestants to win last year’s WLAC, held in June in Williamston, S.C. It was his fourth time competing for the world title. His previous highest finish was in Oklahoma City in 2010, when he was named runner-up world champion, or third place. In 2008, he won the “Rookie of the Year” award, given to the first-time contestant with the highest score in that year’s semi-finals.
The annual WLAC, now in its 49th year, is widely considered the World Series and Super Bowl of the livestock auctioneering profession. The 2012 WLAC will be June 16 in Turlock, California. The contest was created and is conducted by Livestock Marketing Association, the national trade association for progressive marketing businesses such as the markets that Cummings will visit in Mo.
During his year as champion, he is traveling across the U.S., appearing at LMA member markets and at industry events. And that’s just fine with him.
“I’m enjoying visiting livestock marketing businesses like the five I’ll be visiting in Missouri, helping to demonstrate what they do for America’s independent livestock producers, day in and day out,” Cummings said.
“Like markets all across the country, Central Missouri Sales Company, the Kingsville Livestock Auction, South Central Regional Stockyards, Mo-Kan Livestock Market and the Eastern Missouri Commission Company are experts in what they do. Offering competitive marketing, where a producer’s cattle are put in front of several buyers – and competitive marketing is the best way to get the best price for your livestock.