Brian Curless has a way with words.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports the Pittsfield resident won the reserve title at the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship. The second-place finish among 31 contestants in the contest held in Clifton, Texas, won the Pittsfield resident $2,000, a Gist knife and a reserve champion belt buckle.

The reserve title came after competitors answered three questions in the interview portion of the contest and then followed that by selling eight drafts of cattle in a live auction. The top 10 who were selected by the judges returned to sell 10 drafts each before the winners were announced at a banquet.

The auctioneer who won the title was Brandon Neely of Southside, Alabama.

Curless raises cattle and he operates his own auction business.

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