Established in 1922, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association aids producers in the marketing, managing and financing of their agricultural businesses. Equity operates 12 locations 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.
No sales on Memorial Day - Monday, May 25. Richland Center's Monday sale will take place on Tuesday, May 26, starting at 11 a.m.
Celebrate National Beef Month
May Beef Month is something to be proud of. Thanks to all cattle producers who take great pride in providing healthy and nutritious beef for our tables! Equity is proud to honor and recognize all of our member farms. Thanks for all you do!
President and CEO Curt Larson's COVID-19 update. May 14, 2020 Click here to read
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before sale day.
Equity Cooperative Livestock has made the difficult decision to suspend the sales at the Marion market in response to the current COVID-19 situation. Equity Marion will suspend all activities and will not hold sales on Mondays or Saturdays. Additionally, no private treaty on Wednesdays. Equity sincerely appreciates the support received from our producers, buyers, truckers and employees.
"This decision is a further effect to reduce exposure to COVID-19 across our markets amid our country's current health crisis," stated Tod Fleming, Chief Operating Officer. "Because of our importance in the food chain, Equity will continue to operate and host sales at our other markets. However, during this time of health crisis, only active buyers and employees are allowed in our facilities."
Timm Gildernick, Marion's Market Manager, will be working with producers to help find trucking and alternative markets livestock can go during this temporary shut down.
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 critical to the food supply chain.
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 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.
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
An Equity market Sparta is pleased to announce their organic certifications from Nature’s International Certification Services (NICS). Sales are set for every Monday in Sparta at 12 p.m..
Organic producers are urged to call Scott in Sparta at (608) 269-3104 or on his cell at (608) 434-4043 for organic livestock auction sales and private treaty sales.
Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association is committed to providing marketing for sheep and goats throughout our market facilities. Our 2020 sheep and goat sale schedule can be found here and 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 - Sales suspended.
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 11:30 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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