Established in 1922, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association aids producers in the marketing, managing and financing of their agricultural businesses. Equity operates 11 locations and has a collection point in Menominee, Michigan, and has a livestock marketing center in Arlington, Wisconsin. Please take some time to explore the many facets of our cooperative.


Equity Northeast Livestock Co-op Scholarship
Equity's Northeast Livestock Marketing Cooperative will be awarding a minimum of one $500 scholarship to students. Eligibility requirements and application details can be located below. 
Click here to view scholarship criteria 

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 accounting@equitycoop.com before sale day.

Buyer Application

2024 Calendar Photo Contest
Farming is more than just a job; it is a way of life. With the many hours farmers and their family members spend on the farm, it is a sure fact that memories are being made. Share a captured moment of you, family members, friends or animals having fun on the farm. Examples include a grandchild feeding calves, a meal being enjoyed in the field during harvest season, you milking your favorite cow, or a friend showing at the fair; whatever the fun moment is, be sure to capture it!

Send in photos of fun on your farm or with your farm animals with a description of the special captured moment to us for a chance to be featured in the 2024 Equity Calendar – Fun on the Farm.

A panel of judges will select the winner and honorable mentions. The top photograph will be awarded the calendar cover and a basket of Equity goodies. Digital images are preferred and need to be sent as high resolution (300 dpi) via email to ccarpenter@equitycoop.com or mailed in on a CD or USB drive. Low resolution images will not be included in the contest. Printed images must be at least 8” x 10” and can be mailed to Equity Livestock, Cora Carpenter, P.O. Box 1003, Baraboo, WI 53913. The entry deadline is Friday, September 8, 2023. For each photo entered, please include the name of photographer, address, phone, email, and description of the photo.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cora Carpenter at 608-356-8311 ext. 152 or ccarpenter@equitycoop.com. Good luck and happy photo taking! All entries submitted will become property of Equity Livestock and could be used in future publications or projects. If you prefer to have your printed photo or CD/USB drive sent back to you, please provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Organic Livestock Sales

Feeder Cattle Marketing
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.  

Tips to assist you in getting the most value for your feeder cattle can be found here. 

BQA Requirements
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 market.
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 or re-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.   

BQA/FARM Information Sheet

BQA Certification Opportunities
UW-Madison’s Division of Extension and the Wisconsin Beef Council will be hosting a limited number of in-person Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification meetings. To attend the in-person meetings, farmers must register 7 days in advance as attendance is limited based on room capacity and to follow current COVID guidelines. To find dates/locations of meetings, go to http://www.beeftips.com/cattlemens-corner/beef-quality-assurance/bqa-registration-form/?clearache=1

Due to limited room capacity for in-person meetings, it is suggested that one person per farm participate. This individuals’ certification will cover other family members and employees associated with the same farm. Note that for all Extension meetings, masks and social distancing may be required.

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! 


A business that is owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits. Here are the seven cooperative principles:

  • Voluntary and open membership
  • Democratic member control
  • Member economic participation
  • Autonomy and independence
  • Education, training and information
  • Cooperation among cooperatives
  • Concern for the community

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  Registering to Bid on CattleUSA 

Sales at our Altoona, Monroe, Stratford and Waukon markets are all live on CattleUSA. Pre-registration on CattleUSA's website is required as it takes time for buyer applications to be approved. 

Instructions to set up a bidding account for CattleUSA: 
1. Go to www.cattleusa.com
2. Create a username and password
3. Find the Equity market you plan to buy through and submit the buyer approval form on their website. 
4. If you do not have prior credit history through Equity, please fill out the buyer application form provided below. Once completed, you can email it to accounting@equitycoop.com or fax it to 608-356-0117. With questions, please contact your local Equity market office. 

Click here to download buyer application form

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Cooler Temperatures Leaking Into Midwest Tuesday
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Showers will be most likely on the western side of the front, from Illinois westward to the Dakotas on Tuesday while additional showers and thunderstorms develop in the Plains and Prairies. » More DTN Weather Commentary

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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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