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Mitchell Barthel

Perham man places 11th at World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

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Perham man Mitchell Barthel, who recently competed at the 'Super Bowl of livestock auctioneering,' placed 11th in the competition.

According to an employee at Perham Stockyards, which Barthel owns, he missed making the top 10 by just 2.5 points.

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"It went real well," Barthel said in a follow-up interview on Tuesday. "I met a lot of nice people, and we got treated very, very well in California."

Turlock, California was the host community for the competition, the 2012 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship. It took place June 14-16.

Barthel was one of 33 semi-finalists who competed. He guaranteed himself a spot in the national contest after winning the quarterfinals in Dickinson, N.D. in October. This was his third time making it to the semi-finals.

Though he just missed the top 10, Barthel said he was happy with his auctioneering performance. The interview portion, he said, "is probably the part I need to work on if I want to win. It's tough. They put you in a spotlight and ask you three questions, and you don't know what they're going to ask."

Barthel and his family drove just over 2,000 miles to get to the competition, which corresponded with the Livestock Marketing Association's annual convention.

More than 900 of the association's members, dealers, packing plant managers, owners and producers, farmers and ranchers attended, said Barthel: "We met a lot of nice people. It was really fun."

Ultimately, Bailey Ballou of Oklahoma was named the 2012 auctioneering champion.

Barthel said he may compete again in the future.

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