Established in 1922, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association aids producers in the marketing, managing and financing of their agricultural businesses. Equity operates 14 auction markets and has collection points in Ettrick and Thorp, 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.
Annual District Meetings
Members are invited to attend the annual district meeting of their cooperative. Here is a link to the schedule of meetings. We hope to see you join us and learn how we are working to best serve and meet your needs. Regional board of director elections will take place in districts VI, III and IX.
Regional Director Elections: Absentee Ballots
If a patron member cannot attend the annual district meeting where an election is occuring, he/she may request an absentee ballot by calling Maureen Tobias at 1-800-362-3989, ext. 200. Compiled ballots received prior to the deadline date listed will be included in the tabulated results. Regional board of director elections will take place in districts VI, III and IX. For more information, click here.
Northeastern Wisconsin Beef Producers Cooperative
The Northeastern Wisconsin Beef Producers Cooperative will be offering a $500 scholarship for 2019. Applications will be available beginning on March 1, 2019. Scholarships are available to any graduating high school senior, technical college, agriculture short course, or other institution of higher learning. The applicant must be, or have an immediate family member, who is a member of the Northeastern Wisconsin Beef Producers Cooperative and pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field. Interested candidates can obtain an application form by contacting Roy Wilcox at (920) 822-3124, or by sending a request to Roy at 8077 County Road S, Pulaski, WI 54162. On behalf of the Northeastern WIsconsin Beef Producers Cooperative, we would like to thank Equity Cooperative, beef producers and buyers for their support.
New BQA Requirements
NOTICE >>> We have been notified by two of our largest buyers that effective January 1, 2019 for one and January 1, 2020 for the other, that they will only purchase cattle from suppliers who have been certified in a BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) or FARM program. This requirement is to be implemented in all markets (including non-Equity markets) and all private treaty transactions. The result of this requirement on our members is such that they must be certified in order to have buyers representing these two packers bid on their cattle. We will be required to announce seller certification to receive bids from these two entities. 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. If you still need classroom instruction, view upcoming events by clicking this link- https://fyi.uwex.edu/wbic/calendar/
Upon gaining 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 prompt attention.
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 third 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 - first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. & every Monday evening at 5:30 p.m.
Monroe - every third Saturday of the month of 10 a.m.
Richland Center - every Monday at 11 a.m. Sparta - first and third Monday at 12 p.m.
Stratford - every Wednesday at 11 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.
To protect producers from unfavorable changes in the cattle market, we offer Over-the-Counter (OTC) Livestock Hedging Contracts. Unlike exchange-traded futures contracts, Equity's OTC contracts are flexibly sized to meet an individual producer's needs with available contract size as small as 5,000 pounds. They also have no money down, no margin calls, and have reduced fees with a commitment to market through Equity. Want to know more? Click here to review the informational brochure or call Kadence Walsh at 1-800-362-3989, ext. 133.
Buyer Application Form
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 email@example.com before sale day.