BRUSSELS — A Western Ontario auctioneer had a top-10 finish at this year’s Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Championship in Thorsby, Alta.
Kevin McArter of Brussels Livestock at Brussels in Huron County has a history of showing well at this competition. About 15 years ago, he was named rookie of the year. He’s gone almost every year since, and in 2015, he finished second. He’s finished in the top 10 several times (rankings 5 to 10 are not released). The 51-year-old McArter said he never goes in confident that this will be the year he takes home the top prize.
“You just go do what you’re supposed to do and hope for the best,” he said, but he did feel pretty good leaving the ring. After finishing up, Alberta auctioneer legend Danny Skeels came behind the curtain and told McArter: “Nobody’s owned it up until now. You just owned it.”
The 45 auctioneers at this year’s challenge were required to sell cattle plus an item they didn’t know in advance. McArter, was tasked with auctioning off a $500 voucher for a local trucking company. It sold for $675.