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Tulare Sales Yard hosted the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship as LMA members met in nearby Visalia for the organization's annual meeting

Todd Fitchette

June 11, 2019

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Meetings, a tour of two Tulare County livestock operations and a dairy cattle sale that showcased the skills of 31 auctioneers vying for the title of World Livestock Auctioneer Champion highlighted four days of events in one of America's leading farm counties.

The Livestock Marketing Association held its annual membership meeting in Visalia, Calif., but the draw of the event was the annual championship auction at the Tulare Sales Yard where auctioneers competed in the first-ever 100 percent dairy sale in the organization's history. Russele Sleep, a livestock auctioneer from Bedford, Iowa, was named the 2019 World Livestock Auctioneer after competing against 30 other well-qualified contestants.

David and Tina Macedo, owners of Tulare Sales Yard, hosted the annual event, which included a hosted barbecue at the Tulare Fairgrounds. David is the 2006 World Livestock Auctioneer champion.

About the Author(s)

Todd Fitchette

Associate Editor, Western Farm Press

Todd Fitchette, associate editor with Western Farm Press, spent much of his journalism career covering agriculture in California and the western United States. Aside from reporting about issues related to farm production, environmental regulations and legislative matters, he has extensive experience covering the dairy industry, western water issues and politics. His journalistic experience includes local daily and weekly newspapers, where he was recognized early in his career as an award-winning news photographer.

Fitchette is US Army veteran and a graduate of California State University, Chico. 

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