Established in 1922, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association aids producers in the marketing, managing and financing of their agricultural businesses. Equity operates 13 auction markets and has collection points in Ettrick, Wisconsin, and Menominee, Michigan, and has a hog and cattle marketing center in Arlington, Wisconsin. Please take some time to explore the many facets of our cooperative.
Barron Temporarily Suspends Monday Sale
Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales has made the difficult decision to suspend the Monday sale at the Barron market in response to the current COVID-19 situation. Equity Barron will continue to have their Wednesday sales and sincerely appreciates the support received from our producers, buyers, truckers and employees.
"Monday, March 30, was the last Monday sale held at our Barron facility", states Tod Fleming, Chief Operating Officer. "I anticipate this being temporary and once our country's current health crisis is behind us, the decision to re-open the Monday sale will be evaluated."
As this pandemic continues to affect the normalcy of our daily lives as well as our organizations, Equity continues to work together with others involved who are crticial to the food supply chain.
President and CEO Curt Larson's COVID-19 update. March 25,2020 Click here to read
COVID19 President and CEO letter dated March 17, 2020 Click here to read
As we attempt to comply with Governmental Orders and Directives in order to continue providing livestock marketing services, we cannot permit entrance to anyone who is not an employee or active buyer.
NO SELLERS INSIDE THE BARN OR OFFICE
We very much value the partnerships we have with our livestock sellers. For their health and wellbeing as well as that of our employees, we are restricting all sellers to the unloading docks only. Please deliver your livestock and promptly depart the facility. Should you absolutely not be able to wait for the mail to deliver your check, please call the market office. We will be setting a very narrow window of time for checks to be distributed in the parking lot in a drive thru manner.
Northeast Wisconsin Beef Producers Sales
The April 3 sale is cancelled, and has been rescheduled for Friday, May 1 at 2 p.m. The Saturday, April 17 sale is still set to take place at the Bonduel market at 2 p.m.
Local Association Meetings Cancelled
During this period of COVID-19, Equity Cooperative Livestock has cancelled the following local association meetings:
Please know that the health and welfare of our patrons, buyers, truckers, association members and employees is our top priority. We are in an unprecedented time and will update you when these will be rescheduled.
BQA Certificate Expired?
If so, please go to BQA.org to renew today. If you do not have access to the internet, contact your local market staff as they can assist you in completing or renewing online.
Once renewed, please be sure to send updated certificate to BQA@equitycoop.com. Thank you!
NOTICE >>> One of our largest buyers only purchase cattle from suppliers who have been certified in a BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) or FARM program. This requirement is implemented in all markets (including non-Equity markets) and all private treaty transactions. Equity announces BQA certification status during sales. Please keep your certification status updated with your local markiet. BQA certification can be achieved by logging in on the BQA website at http://www.bqa.org and signing up for one of the free courses which best fit your particular operation. These courses are based on industry accepted practices that a vast majority of producers currently employ.
Upon certification orre-certification, please provide your name and the name of any entity you sell under, as well as your address, phone number, certification number and expiration date to us at Equity, so we can make the proper announcement at the time of sale. You may contact your local Equity auction market, Equity field representative, Equity’s home office (800-362-3989), or email us at BQA@equitycoop.com. Thank you for your attention.
It is important that you consign your cattle prior to a sale. It is also recommended that feeder cattle are castrated, weaned, dehorned,vaccinated and wormed. Please complete this checklist so Equity can announce during our sales. Call your local Equity market for on-farm visits and to consign cattle. Utilize the checklist shown below. Checklist
Tips to assist you in getting the most value for your feeder cattle can be found here.
Equity Receives Organic Certification
Equity markets in Marion and Sparta are pleased to announce their organic certifications from Nature’s International Certification Services (NICS) have been approved. Sales are set for every Monday in Marion at 5:30 p.m., and every Monday in Sparta at 12 p.m..
Organic producers are urged to call Timm in Marion at (608) 477-1463 or Scott in Sparta at (608) 434-4043 for organic livestock auction sales and private treaty sales.
If you are a new buyer, registration to purchase at our markets is required and for your convenience, a Buyer Application Form is located below which can be faxed to 608-356-0117 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before sale day.
Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association is committed to providing marketing for sheep and goats throughout our market facilities. Our 2019 sheep and goat sale schedule is listed below by market location, along with times of sales.
Barron - every 3rd Saturday of the month at 10 a.m.
Johnson Creek - every Monday at 11:30 a.m.
Lomira - last Saturday of the month at 8 a.m.
Marion - 1st Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. & every Monday evening at 5:30 p.m.
Monroe - every 3rd Saturday of the month at 10 a.m.
Richland Center - every Monday at 11 a.m. Sparta - 1st and 3rd Monday at 12 p.m.
Stratford - every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and every 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
Schedules are subject to change due to Holidays, so please contact your local market with any questions or concerns you may have.
If you need help in arranging trucking to any of these locations, please contact us at 800-362-3989, ext. 131 or 133. We thank producers for their continued support and look forward to continuing to work with them for their sheep and goat marketing needs in 2019 and beyond.
InFocus Genetics Program
We are excited to have teamed up with ABS to provide an opportunity for dairy producers to improve the marketability of feeder calves through the InFocus genetics program. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of our program, please click here for the brochure. Call (800) 362-3989, ext. 131 with any questions.
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