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Auctioneer Champions
It takes speed, stamina and livestock savvy to be the best in the country when it comes to auctioning cattle. Bailey Ballou is a repeat winner at the annual event taking place, this year in Turlock, California. But also in the competition is 18 year old Blaine Lotz.

Blaine hails from Fredonia, Kansas and is making a name for himself as one of the best “fast talkers” in the business. Working through the cattle being offered at his local sales barn, Blaine gives reporter Jason Shoultz a quick lesson on how to work the auctioneers chant.


Actioneering - Fun Fact:
Auctioneering has a long history. The word itself comes from a Latin phrase meaning to increase or augment. Stockholm, Sweden boasts the oldest auction house in the world. It opened in 1674. And one note on cattle auctions: a single dairy cow named “Mist” sold for 1.3 million dollars at auction in 1985. “Mist” was the matriarch of a long line of star milk producers.

California Farm Bureau Federation
California Department of Food and Agriculture

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