COLUMBUS, Ohio — United Producers, Inc. (UPI), the Midwest’s largest livestock marketing cooperative, hosted its first sale at the United Producers Livestock Center, located at 1380 Highway 1401 in Harned, Ky., on Monday, Sept. 12. The sale featured a donation lot by Steven Thornhill and a match of more than $2,500 from UPI, which raised $10,000 for the Kentucky Farm Bureau Relief Fund to support Eastern Kentucky Flood victims.
“It was a great day connecting with our members at our new facility’s first sale and we are excited about the opportunity to better serve the community and producers in the area,” said Mike Bumgarner, president and CEO of UPI. “We would also like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in the fund raising and proud that we could bring our cooperative together and support those who were impacted by the flooding earlier this year.”
The facility opened in September and will host weekly livestock auctions and will accommodate special sales and other industry related events. The multi-faceted facility, sitting on more than 13 acres, includes a 52,840 sq. ft. building with approximately 47,000 sq. ft. of pens under roof and 11,500 sq. ft. of outside pen space. It was designed for efficiency, ease of movement and proper care of the livestock, including easy water access for the animals.
UPI serves 30,000 members in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Tennessee, handling approximately 2.5 million head of livestock per year. UPI also offers risk management services, including marketing agreements and brokerage services; and offers competitive credit services for agricultural, farm machinery and livestock financing. For more information, visit uproducers.com or follow United Producers, Inc. on Facebook.
— United Producers, Inc.