Career Change Pays Off With WLCA Auctioneer Championship Berth

(Alpha Ag Network) Sixto Paiz  has only made livestock auctioneering his career for six years, but in that time, he’s honed his craft to earn top marks from several of his peers. The New Mexico-based auctioneer won grand champion honors Wednesday at the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship qualifying event hosted by Windsor Livestock Auction (in Western Missouri), emerging from a crowded field of 45 contestants. Paiz explains how he ultimately made the career move in 2016.

 

Paiz says it didn’t take long after graduating auction school for him to begin competing, an opportunity he found appealing.

 

While Paiz calls New Mexico home, his work takes him across the Texas Panhandle and into Western Oklahoma. He credits the variety of sales, including car auctions, for keeping him sharp and versatile.

 

Paiz says interacting with his sellers, customers, and other auctioneers is what makes his career as an auctioneer most enjoyable.

 

Sixto Paiz of New Mexico has qualified for the semifinals of the World Livestock Auctioneer Championships in three of the four years he’s competed. He’ll be among 31 contestants competing in the next round of the competition, set for June in Arcadia, Florida.

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