RUPERT — Most people attending an auction can pick out the current bid price being called and what the auctioneer wants to see next in a bid, but what are they saying in between?
“We use filler words to make the rhythm sound right,” Auctioneer Kade Rogge said. “The rhythm is everything and no two chants are the same, they’re like fingerprints.”
He should know, Rogge, 29, of Rupert, won the 2017 Northwest Auctioneer Contest in Boise on Sunday.
His next goal is winning the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship next summer.
Although he is used to talking in front of crowds, being in front of the judges is nerve-wracking.
“I think I get nervous because I’m performing in front of my peers. The public won’t generally notice if you make a little bumble,” Rogge said.
During the competition, auctioneers are judged on their chant and things like body language and eye contact.
One of his faults, noted on the score cards, was that he tends to point.
“Pointing makes people feel uncomfortable,” he said.
Although most people think auctioning is fast talk, Rogge said, it isn’t. A lot of work goes into to developing the right flow that will keep an auction moving, and people bidding, while throwing in a bit of entertainment for the crowd.
Most auctioneers still in the learning phase have to work to slow their speech down, he said, and for many, the chant evolves over time.
“I’ve completely torn down my chant four or five times and rebuilt it,” he said.
Today he intersperses the have price and the want price with the sounds “daughternow,” he said, while always keeping the next price in his mind.
The most challenging thing that can happen to an auctioneer during a sale is having the bidding increments “change on the fly,” Rogge said.
“That really throws off your rhythm”, he said.
Rogge, who went to auctioneer school to learn the craft, had some natural talent. His father, Ron Rogge, is also an auctioneer, and the younger Rogge grew up at Burley Livestock, owned by his stepfather, Merv May.
“He was always around auctions,” Ron Rogge said.
Rogge and his father, who won a state auctioneer title in 2005, operate Rogge Auctions out of Declo.
But, Ron Rogge said, his son didn’t make the choice to becoming an auctioneer until he was out of the house.
“I thought he was burned out with it,” he said.
Rogge, who grew up competing in rodeos, is also a rodeo announcer.
Finding work as an auctioneer can be tricky because everyone wants someone experienced for their sale, that experience can be hard to get.
Selling cattle is an advanced auction skill.
“It’s important to know the job and do it well,” he said. In farm sales, you have to know what the equipment is worth.
Over the years he’s also learned that he has to take care of his voice, which provides his livelihood. A cold that causes a raspy throat could cost him a job.
“I take a lot of vitamin C,” he said. “I’ve really learned the importance of taking care of myself.”
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BOISE — The family of an Idaho rancher who was fatally shot by two deputies on Friday filed a wrongful death lawsuit, accusing law enforcement officials of violating federal civil rights during and after shooting.
Jack Yantis, 62, was killed two years ago after one of his 2,500-pound bulls was hit by a car and charged emergency crews on a highway just north of the tiny town of Council in west-central Idaho. Yantis arrived with a rifle just as deputies decided to put down the animal. Authorities have said there was an altercation, and Yantis and two deputies all fired their weapons.
“Even assuming for the sake of argument that the deputy had probable cause or reasonable suspicion, the deputy used excessive force to seize Jack,” states the 37-page complaint. “The deputies’ subsequent use of deadly force to kill Jack was intentional, unreasonable, and contrary to clearly established law.”
Yantis’ family filed the complaint in federal court against Adams County, Sheriff Ryan Zollman and former sheriff’s deputies Brian Wood and Cody Roland. The lawsuit alleges nine counts of Fourth Amendment rights violations, including not only wrongful death but also assault and battery and false imprisonment.
The lawsuit comes a little more than a year after Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden decided there was not enough evidence to charge Wood and Roland following a four-month investigation. Roland and Wood have since left the sheriff’s office, while Zollman was re-elected to his post several months after the AG’s decision was announced.
Adams County Under Sheriff Jeff Brown declined to comment on the lawsuit when contacted by AP.
According to the lawsuit, Jack Yantis received a call from an Adams County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher asking him to help with one of his bulls that had been struck by a vehicle. His wife, Donna Yantis, nephew Rowdy Paradis and a family friend all went to the highway.
The lawsuit reiterates details in a prior tort claim, arguing that Jack Yantis stood on the highway behind the bull with his rifle aimed at the back of the animal’s head when Roland grabbed Yantis and pulled him backward.
Jack Yantis’ rifle went off and the deputies shot at least 14 times and 12 of their bullets hit the rancher.
The lawsuit maintains that Jack Yantis posed no threat to anyone and that deputies didn’t ask Yantis to put down his rifle or give him any other requests, commands or warnings.
The lawsuit goes on to say that deputies also arrested Donna Yantis and Rowdy Paradis, where both of them claim they were terrified the deputies were going to kill them.
Wood allegedly placed the barrel of his AR-15 to the back of Paradis’ head. Meanwhile, Donna Yantis had a heart attack at the scene and spent more than two weeks in a hospital.
“Deputies Roland and Wood were improperly trained,” the lawsuit argues, criticizing the deputies’ troubled history of prior law enforcement employment. “Specifically, the deputies had no training, or improper training, in the Fourth Amendment’s limitations on seizing innocent citizens.”