Barthel lives in New York Mills, Minn., and is owner-auctioneer for Perham (Minn.) Stockyards. Barthel grew up in New York Mills and graduated high school in 1993. He’s been a licensed, bonded auctioneer since age 16. He worked for his father, Jerry. Since the 1960s, the family had owned an auction in Wadena, Minn., but that burned in 1987, and they started in Perham in 1993.
Barthel says he wanted to be a professional auctioneer “since I was old enough to talk,” he says. He worked in sale barns starting at age 11 or 12. He bought the yards in 1993 and became sole owner in 2006.
Three requisites for an auctioneer:
n Knowledge of cattle and their worth.
n An outgoing personality.
n Love of the profession.
Barthel says his most memorable sale is yet to come. “Anytime that I get to sell, I love it. The selling part’s the good part,” he says. There are many other facets — bookkeeping and counting for the sole owner. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)