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.
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.
Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association announces its 2020 scholarship program. The cooperative will award $11,500 in total scholarships (one $1,000 scholarship recipient selected in each of the 10 districts), as well as two $750 scholarships for students earning degrees from tehcnical colleges or short courses.
Click here to see eligibility requiremments. Candidates must meet these requirements and send in an official transcript and three letters of reference by Monday, December 2, 2019. Award winners will be named in January 2020, after being selected from an outside source. Call Janice at (800) 362-3989, ext. 152 with any questions or concerns.
Click on "More" under Scholarship Form listed below to access and submit. Print a copy for yourself, as there is no way of saving the completed document to your computer. Once submitted and authorized, you will receive a confirmation email from http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
All markets will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. All markets with sales on Wednesday before the holiday will continue to take place, although no calves will be accepted.
Equity's Lomira market will be open on Friday, November 29.
Holiday Sales Schedule
All markets will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will resume all scheduled sales on Thursday, December 26.
All scheduled sales will operate on New Year's Eve, although no calves will be accepted.
All markets closed on New Year's Day.
New BQA Requirements
NOTICE >>> One of our largest buyers effective January 1, 2019, and another one beginning on January 1, 2020, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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