Chuck Bradley, of Rockford, Alabama, was named the 2021 Cattle Auctioneer World Champion at the 57th Annual Competition held at the Dickson Regional Livestock Center, Dickson, Tennessee, and presented by Overland Park, Kansas, Livestock Marketing Association.
“It was such a surreal moment,” Bradley said. “I was amazed. You go back and look at the other old champions, and it’s an elite group. To be in that group now really means a lot to me.
Bradley, a three-time WLAC event qualifier and 2019 WLAC reserve champion auctioneer, earned his spot in this year’s competition by winning the 2020 LMA Western qualifying event. Twenty-eight other competitors also qualified at three regional qualifying events and received a pass to the 2021 competition due to the cancellation of last year’s event.
Eric Drees of Caldwell, Idaho, won reserve champion honors, and Will Epperly of Dunlap, Iowa, was named second champion.
The other top 10 finalists were Justin Mebane, Bakersfield, CA; Chris Pinard, Swainsboro, Georgia; Sixto Paiz, Portales, New Mexico; Neil Bouray, Webber, Kansas; Zack Zumstein, Marsing, Idaho; Dakota Davis, Waukomis, Oklahoma; and Steve Goedert, Dillon, Montana.
The additional semi-finalists were Alex Anderson, Abingdon, Virginia; Zach Ballard, Mt. Vernon, South Dakota; Andy Baumeister, Goldthwaite, Texas; Colton Brantley, Modesto, California; Léon Caselman, Long Lane, Missouri; Philip Gilstrap, Pendleton, South Carolina; Brandon Hamel, Damar, Kansas; Lynn Langvardt, Chapman, Kansas; Wade Leist, Boyne City, Michigan; Jacob Massey, Petersburg, Tennessee; Jeremy Miller, Fairland, Oklahoma; Daniel Mitchell, Cumberland, Ohio; Ben Morgan, Organ Cave, West Virginia ‘Trey Narramore, Portales, New Mexico; Lander Nicodemus, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Dustin Smith, Jay, Oklahoma; Curtis Wetovick, Fullerton, Nebraska; Tim Yoder, Montezuma, Georgia; and Vern Yoder, Dundee, Ohio.
Kristen Parman, Vice President of Member Services, LMA, said, “LMA is proud to sponsor an event that brings together the best cattle auctioneers from North America in a competition that showcases the professionalism and promotes the cattle auction method. “
As part of the champion role, Bradley will spend the next year traveling the country, sharing his auctioneer skills with other livestock auction markets and acting as a spokesperson for the industry. the marketing of livestock and AML.
“A lot of us who enter this auctioneer competition for a living every day,” Bradley said. “This year, I plan to continue to always go out into the field and interact with markets and their producers, while promoting AML.
Bradley, a graduate of the North Georgia School of Auctioneering, works as an auctioneer for Montgomery Stock Yards, LLC in Montgomery, Alabama. He lives in Equality, Alabama, with his wife, Jill, and their two children.