Livestock News

Iowa auctioneer captures 2018 World Livestock Auctioneer title


Jared Miller of Leon, Iowa, proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer when he took home the top honor at the 55th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship.

“Wow. I said yesterday that this is a moment I’ve dreamt about,” Miller said. “A few words come to my mind: thankful, grateful, blessed.”

Also in his acceptance speech, Miller thanked his family, sponsors, and various members of the livestock marketing industry, saying, “I heard a quote one time that if you see a turtle on top of a fencepost, he didn’t get there by himself. And I’m that turtle; I’ve had a lot of help along the way.”

This year’s champion takes home a customized 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 truck to use during the year of his reign, $6,000 cash, world champion Gist belt buckle, and a hand-tooled leather briefcase from the Livestock Marketing Association; world champion ring sponsored by Bloomington Livestock Exchange; the Golden Gavel Award sponsored by the World Wide College of Auctioneering; and a James Reid, Ltd. money clip sponsored by

Miller was sponsored by Lamoni Livestock Auction, Inc., Lamoni, Iowa.

A special WLAC show will air on RFD-TV June 25 beginning at 8:00 p.m. eastern. The 2010 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, Kyle Shobe, will host the show.

Other Awards Received:

Cody Lowderman from Macomb, Illinois, earned Reserve Champion honors, and Russele Sleep from Bedford, Iowa, was named Runner-up Champion.

As Reserve Champion, Lowderman received $2,500 cash, a Gist knife and reserve champion Gist belt buckle from LMA. The Reserve Champion also won the award for High Interview score. Doing so, he received $1,000 cash and a hand-tooled leather padfolio from the LMA. Lowderman was sponsored by Carthage Livestock, Inc.

Sleep took home $1,250 cash, a Gist knife and runner-up Gist belt buckle, sponsored by LMA. He was sponsored by Clarinda Livestock Auction, Inc., Clarinda, Iowa; Fort Scott Livestock Market, Inc., Fort Scott, Kansas; Green City Livestock Marketing, LLC, Green City, Missouri.; Knoxville Regional Livestock Market, Knoxville, Iowa; Southeast Kansas Stockyards, LLC, Gas, Kansas; and Russell Livestock.

In addition to Miller, Lowderman and Sleep, the 2018 WLAC finalists were Colton Brantley, Modesto, California; Dean Edge, Rimbey, Alberta; Will Epperly, Dunlap, Iowa; Kyle Layman, North Platte, Nebraska; Jacob Massey, Petersburg, Tennessee; Jay Romine, Mt. Washington, Kentucky; and Tim Yoder, Montezuma, Georgia. All received Gist belt buckles from LMA.

Tags: Agriculture, Livestock News, Auctions
Sponsored Content on AGDaily
Any views or opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect those of AGDAILY. Comments on this article reflect the sole opinions of their writers.