A local auctioneer has qualified as one of the top 30 auctioneers in the country and will head to the World Championships in his profession, but today it is all business. It’s Tuesday morning at the Madera stockyards on south Pine Street at the Farm Bureau office.
Garret Jones, 29, is greeting and talking with buyers and packing house purchasers about the upcoming sale. A short while later he climbs up to his stand above the arena. He checks his microphone and peruses the list of livestock for sale. Everything is ready to go, including clerks to record the weights and official sales. The buyers fill the bleachers adjacent to the arena.
Beginning with the first head of cattle, Jones’ machine-gun like delivery acknowledges each higher bid as fast as it is given. Cow after cow, both beef and dairy, enter the arena. Jones’ ratta-tat yet melodic delivery keeps the sales going at a brisk pace until the final animal has been sold.
Every auctioneer has a different style...