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Livestock Auctioneer

Phone: (661) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  California , United States
World Champion College of Auctioneering
9100 Ming Ave. Suite 202
Bakersfield , California 93311
United States

Company Description: The World Champion College of Auctioneering is focused on the fine art of bid calling. By sharing the auction skills and knowledge of award-winning auctioneers at...   more

Employment History


  • Missouri Auction School
  • World Champion College of Auctioneering
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World Champion College of Auctioneering, California Auction and Auctioneering School, Bid Calling Course, 3 Aug 2014 [cached]
2007 World Champion Livestock Auctioneer: Trent Stewart
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Top auctioneer Trent Stewart owns Central Oregon Livestock Auction Auctioneer Trent Stewart
Auctioneer Trent Stewart
Trent Stewart is a smooth talker. When he speaks, people listen, especially when he has a microphone in front of him.
The 37-year-old is well known in the Northwest for his ability to speak quickly with clarity and knowledge of product as an auctioneer.
Stewart is not an average auctioneer. He's so good that he was crowned World Livestock Auctioneering Champion in 2007, and in 2005, he became the International Livestock Auctioneer Champion, a competition in Canada.
"If you love something, you will be good at it," Stewart said. "I've always felt that if you want to be the best at something, you have to compete against the best at the highest level. That being said, if you are the best, you will always have a job. I'm not saying I am the very best, but once that stuck in my mind, it inspired me to try and be the best, so I'd always have a job."
In competitions, auctioneers conduct a live auction, and judges look for fast, clear diction with a touch of style and salesmanship. Auctioneers can only win a world title one time, an achievement that took Stewart eight years to accomplish.
"It was a great honor winning those contests," said Stewart, who placed second in 2002 and 2006. "I had a tremendous amount of respect for the guys I was competing against."
To win the world title, Stewart won a regional title in Texas, and then beat out 30 other contestants at the world finale held in Springfield, Mo. Each contestant endured an interview and a full day of selling cattle to real buyers. Judges then narrowed the field from 31 to 10 finalists, before naming Stewart champion. For his efforts, he won $5,000, a new Chevrolet truck for one year and a champion's sculpture, along with other prizes.
"It was one of those deals when I finally won, it was kind of anticlimactic," Stewart said. "It was really cool once I won because it was one of my goals, but when I looked around and had so much respect for everyone else there, it didn't really make me feel any different. It made me feel like I was doing my job. It was just more of an accomplishment of a goal that I had set, and it was good for business."
For nearly 20 years, Stewart has placed himself in front of microphones and audiences, conducting roughly 100 auctions per year. His experience of articulating bid chants, a rhythmic repetition of numbers and filler words spoken by an auctioneer, coupled with his lifelong history in the cattle industry, is what sets him apart.
"You really have to know the business," Stewart said. "It's more of a game of product knowledge. In auctioneering, 60 percent is being a salesman and 40 percent is your bid chant."
Like many top auctioneers, Stewart speaks quickly, and uses a smooth, monotone tempo and passion for the sale. His lips are moving so fast, that if you're not familiar with auctions, you might not understand what he's saying.
"It's really actually a redundant set of numbers that you're saying over and over again," Stewart said. "It's really how you say them. You're not spitting them out any faster than anyone else, but you're saying them over and over again in a fashion that sounds fast, but is very effective."
While it may be a redundant set of numbers flowing effectively from his lips, Stewart is a businessman. He has full control of a room with potential buyers, and he knows exactly what to say with his bid chant and when to say it, in order to sell cattle.
"You have to know what you are selling and who you are selling it to," Stewart said. "You develop a relationship with your buyers and you have to learn how to recognize a potential bidder out there. A lot of times, I can actually recognize who will bid before they actually do it because there is a lot of body language involved."
Stewart's voice is memorable, distinct and Western. Stewart not only speaks amazingly well with words, but he uses his hands to signal to buyers in the audience. Often, a buyer will signal a bid with a small hand gesture, tip of the cap or head nod.
"We have professional buyers in the room that attend these auctions nearly every day of the week, so we want to create a pleasant experience for them with an auctioneer that understands the product," Stewart said. "We want them to be settled, so they can do an effective job. There are a lot of signals back and forth to communicate using body language, so you need pretty good peripheral vision to scan a room."
While it may be complicated enough to produce rapid flowing bid chants as the auctioneer, Stewart said it's a like a competitive baseball game filled with strategy in any auction room to determine a final price. Buyers are working against one another and the auctioneer is working to attain a price as well.
"Buyers are very competitive," Stewart said. "They work against one another to buy the very best product at the lowest price they can get, and it's my job as an auctioneer to sell them the very best product as high as I can."
City to the country
Stewart was raised primarily in the West hills of Portland, not exactly a birthing place for want-to-be auctioneers, but he had family in Eastern Oregon and Idaho involved with cattle ranches. He worked around cattle in the summers and developed a passion for the cattle industry. Stewart began auctioneering for Central Oregon Livestock Auction shortly after attending the Missouri Auction School in the spring of 1994.
"I worked for Clay Tanler at the auction yard," said Stewart, who moved to Central Oregon in 1993. "I cleaned pens, helped in the yards and auctioned when I could for swine, sheep and small animals."
Stewart eventually quit at Central Oregon Livestock Auction and worked in La Grande for Intermountain Livestock Inc., as an auctioneer and field man for almost two years, prior to attending the World Champion College of Auctioneering in Bakersfield, Calif., in 1998.
"I guess I was a slow learner," Stewart said with a laugh at why he went to another auctioneering school.
At the conclusion of Stewart's schooling in Bakersfield, he met with Tanler, and they decided to become partners in 2000 with Stewart buying into Central Oregon Livestock Auction.
"I've had people help me along the way," said Stewart of being able to buy into a business at the age of 26. "I've been blessed with resources and good people around me to help me get to where I am today."
Stewart partnered with Tanler for 10 years, before he become the sole owner of Central Oregon Livestock Auction in 2010.
"For me, the cattle business is one of the industries this nation was founded on," Stewart said. "I have a great deal of respect for the men that were tough enough over the years to create the livestock business we have today."
Over the course of a year, Stewart and his crew will handle 45,000-50,000 head of cattle at Central Oregon Livestock Auction. With cattle prices high, business has been abundant for Stewart.
"It's the people and relationships that I've created," Stewart said of why he loves his cattle business.
"We stay pretty busy," Stewart said. "Cattle are wonderful stewards of the land and if managed effectively, can be beneficial. We see a lot of ranchers and buyers on Mondays and it's a lot of fun to develop those relationships."
Stewart is a busy man. He could spend one day soliciting business at cattle ranches in the Northwest, and the next he might get on an airplane to Colorado for a bull sale.
"I sell a lot of pure-bred bull sales," Stewart said. "I spend my spring months doing bull sales and in the summer months I work for Superior Livestock Auction."
Superior Livestock Auction is an auction via Internet and satellite feeds where buyers can purchase cattle from their living room if they want. Stewart is an auctioneer and a representative for Superior Livestock Auction.
"It's the nation's largest livestock auction," Stewart said.
"My grandfather always wanted to be an auctioneer, so I guess he put it in my mind at an early age," Stewart said of why he wanted to be an auctioneer. Local News, Weather, Sports, Entertainment and Health, 15 Jan 2004 [cached]
Trent Stewart, co-owner of the Central Oregon Livestock Auction in Madras, said the "downed" cattle measure could actually lead to an increase in sales for his company.
Central Oregon Livestock is an auction house that deals primarily with crossbred beef cattle, which, Stewart says, unlike their dairy-producing counterparts, graze on less strenuous terrain and thus are less subject to injury.
"When they made downers illegal, it was very progressive for the cattlemen rather than the dairymen," Stewart said.
Auctioneer Trent Stewart, at ..., 22 June 2007 [cached]
Auctioneer Trent Stewart, at his home near Redmond on Thursday afternoon, has been named 2007 World Livestock Auctioneering Champion by the Livestock Marketing Association. He has been an auctioneer for 14 years and is part owner of the Central Oregon Livestock Auction in Madras.
Auctioneer Trent Stewart, at his home near Redmond on Thursday afternoon, has been named 2007 World Livestock Auctioneering Champion by the Livestock Marketing Association.He has been an auctioneer for 14 years and is part owner of the Central Oregon Livestock Auction in Madras.
Redmond man wins world title
,I got lucky and had a good go,, says Trent Stewart, 32
One of the best things about being the 2007 World Livestock Auctioneering Champion, Trent Stewart said, is that he won,t have to compete again.
Stewart, 32, of Redmond, won the competition, where fast-talking auctioneers sing-song their way through cattle sales, in Springfield, Mo., last week after vying for the title eight times and coming in second place twice.
,They only let you win it one time,, Stewart said. ,Every year those guys get a little bit better, or there,s a new face that,s pretty good.You start wondering if you are ever going to win this deal.,
To claim the title, Stewart first won a regional auctioneering competition in Texas , he couldn,t compete in the Western regional competition held in Madras this year as it,s his home turf.From Texas, he moved on to Springfield to compete against 31 auctioneers from around the United States along with the Canadian champion.
As the champion, Stewart, who is part owner of the Central Oregon Livestock Auction in Madras, will spend the next year traveling to different livestock markets and being a spokesman for the industry.
He won $5,000, a new Chevrolet truck for one year and a champion,s sculpture along with many other prizes.
Being an auctioneer is a little like dealing in a high-stakes poker game, Stewart said.An owner might get $50,000 for 100 head of cattle, so it,s a big business.
Physically, Stewart said he has to keep his voice in shape, but mostly the job provides a mental challenge.He auctions two or three sells a week.
McBride and Stewart both said they believe that auctioning cattle in a live market is the best way to increase competition for the product and get a good price.
Ultimately, Stewart said, he,s nothing more than a salesman in a high-pressure environment.
,All we do is put on a production,, Stewart said. ,The eyes and ears are focused on the auctioneer.Your delivery is paramount.You,ve got to tell them and explain and fluff the product up as much as possible that you are getting ready to sell.,
Having been an auctioneer for 14 years and growing up in Beaverton visiting family in the livestock business in Mitchell, Stewart said he is dedicated to the promotion of the industry.He started auctioneering after attending a training school in Missouri in 1994.
,I went to work in Madras, just helping in the yards,, he said, ,cleaning bins and shipping cattle and auctioneering when I could , pigs and sheep, the small stuff.,
Clay Tanler, who is now Stewart,s partner in the Central Oregon Livestock Auction, said he sent Stewart to auctioneering school and hired him in Madras.
,He had the talent,, Tanler said. ,That,s what he wanted to do in his life.,
Stewart worked in La Grande for a while and attended another training school in California before becoming a partner in the business in Madras in 1997.
The schools, he said, last three or four days and give auctioneers a start on the basics.But most of what he has learned has come from competing against other auctioneers.
,There,s a lot of guys out there that I admire.I,ve been eight times.I have won something every time and not always something that is tangible.Not necessarily a buckle or money,, Stewart said. ,I won some knowledge from other auctioneers.I have a little bit of a lot of auctioneers, talent.,
Competition at the event is tough, McBride said, and Stewart did well to beat out second and third place winners Ty Thompson of Billings, Mont., and Tom Frey, of Creston, Iowa.
On June 16, 2007, at the ..., 10 Nov 2007 [cached]
On June 16, 2007, at the Livestock Marketing Association's World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Contest in Springfield, Missouri, Oregon's Trent Stewart of Redmond, Oregon was crowned the 2007 World Champion.
Sponsored by the Central Oregon Livestock Auction, Inc., Madras, Oregon and Superior Livestock Auction, Inc., Brush, Colorado, Stewart captured the crown after being in the contest eight years and becoming the Reserve Champion in both 2002 and 2006.
Stewart, with 14 years of auctioneering experience, has been a partner in the Central Oregon Livestock Auction in Madras, Oregon since 1997.Stewart is no stranger to the commercial and purebred livestock scene.Stewart joins Ken Troutt, Skinner Hardy, John Rodgers, Rick Machado, Max Olvera and David Macedo as World Champions from the West.
Our congratulations go to Trent & his family for this tremendous honor.
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