BARABOO, Wis. — Throughout the pandemic, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association has closely monitored the impact of COVID-19 on our Country, our members, and our Cooperative. Adjusting our methods of operating our markets and how to communicate with our members has been based on current CDC and governmental guidelines and restrictions. We have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and announcements from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on the vaccine phases and the eligible groups of people.
After carefully weighing the health and safety protocols as well as our duties to our members and our staff, the Regional Board of Directors has decided for these reasons beyond our control, it is necessary to cancel all ten in-person Annual District Meetings. “The health and safety of attendees is our primary concern,” states Curt Larson, President/CEO.
We remain resolute in our Cooperative’s principles and we are deeply committed to providing our members information during these unprecedented times. Updates will continue to be posted on our facebook page and website at www.equitycoop.com. By calling 1-800-362-3989 ext. 152 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, our members can request annual report information, once available.
“Our cooperative’s district annual meetings have always been a great opportunity for members to gather, enjoy a meal, receive updates on programs and services, and receive financial information and door prizes,” says Les Danielson, Chairman of the Board. “This decision was not easy because the board would like nothing more than to meet with our members, especially after the challenging year we’ve all experienced.”
In closing, we want everyone to know that our decision is based primarily on the health and safety of everyone attending our in-person meetings. Equity Cooperative Livestock will continue working to provide you, our members, with the best information and resources needed. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Equity operates 11 auction markets and a private treaty buying center in Arlington, Wisconsin, as well as two other collection points. The cooperative services producers in six states with the marketing, managing and financing of their agricultural businesses.
–Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association