The 2017 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion hails from west-central Illinois. Brian Curless of Pittsfield won the competition last weekend in Billings, Montana.
With the win, Curless now has a key voice for the Livestock Marketing Association.
Curless is a Black Hawk East product and Oklahoma State grad.
The runner-up in the competition was also from Illinois--Cody Lowderman of Macomb.