Livestock briefs: Equity Cooperative celebrates 95 years

Wisconsin State Farmer


Equity Livestock celebrates 95th anniversary

The Baraboo-based Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association is celebrating its 95th anniversary in livestock marketing on July 27. 
Co-op President Chuck Adami says over the last 95 years, farming in Wisconsin has seen great change, as has Equity. 
"Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association's 95th anniversary is a testament to many years of quality, perseverance and progress," Adami said. "I am certain that if Charles Claflin could see the company today, he would instantly recognize that throughout the changes the core values that he championed all those years ago are still at the heart of everything we do." 
Adami adds that Equity will continue delivering on its mission of being ready and equipped to provide members with livestock marketing expertise, risk management solutions and financial assistance. 
Equity Cooperative operates 14 auction markets and services producers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.


Wisconsin to host 2017 North American Manure Expo 

Those interested in the latest equipment and technology for professional manure management, should plan to attend the 2017 North American Manure Expo on Aug. 22 and 23, 2017.

Wisconsin hosts the Expo this year and it will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

The 2017 North American Manure Expo will feature tours, field demonstrations, hands-on product and safety education, educational sessions, exhibitor booths, and commercial vendor displays.

Tours on Aug. 22 require a $20 registration fee. There is no cost to attend any of the Expo events on Aug. 23.

Visit the website for up-to-date information on all the activities associated with this year’s Expo. 


Porcine, swine rule changes

Following public hearings and comment period earlier this spring, the proposed Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) rule that establishes testing requirements for commercial swine imported into or moving within Wisconsin has been updated.

Changes were made to the draft rule as a result of comments received. Those changes include: Number of swine to be tested has been changed, establishing a testing threshold of 150 swine (rather than 30.) 

In addition to sampling by rope or blood, the rule clarifies that other sampling methods may be used if approved by the Department. 

Requirements for “breeder” swine have been changed to pertain to all commercial swine imported to Wisconsin. 

Testing requirements for PEDV has been changed to testing for SECD, as SECD is a more inclusive disease term that includes PEDv. 

Generally, the goals of the rule are to control and reduce prevalence of PRRS and SECD, and to prevent spread on positive sites.  The draft rule requires a report of a negative PRRS and SECD test from the swine’s herd of origin within 90 days prior to movement into the state.

In addition, the swine moving from one premise to another premise within the state must also have a negative herd test within 90 days prior to movement.

Additional information is available on the WPA website at


Outagamie County to Host Summer Beef Meeting 

The UW-Extension Beef and Livestock Teams will be presenting the summer beef meeting August 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm, hosted by the Oneida Nation Farms. 
The meeting is for: Registered stock producers; commercial cow/calf producers; small hobby farm breed producers; ag professionals; educators.

The meeting will include dinner, farm and herd tours and presentations by Lyssa Seefeldt, UW-Extension Agriculture Agent and Eric Duch, DVM, United Veterinary Service. 

Eric Duch will be discussing vaccination protocols and products to help beef cow/calf producers decide how to safeguard their herd and improve production. Lyssa Seefeldt will be talking about tools available to help farmers analyze how their farm is doing financially as well as budgeting resources. 

The cost for the event is $10. Interested persons should contact Outagamie County UW-Extension at 920-832-5121 for more information and to register.  

For more information on other meeting locations, visit the Wisconsin Beef Information Website:  


Fire destroys barn, kills cows on northern New York farm 

More than 100 dairy cows and calves are believed to have been killed after a fire broke out in a large barn on a farm near the Canadian border in northern New York. 

Fire officials in Clinton County say a passer-by spotted the fire around 7 p.m. Tuesday at the farm in the town of Beekmantown, about 15 miles from the border. Fire departments from surrounding communities and Quebec responded. 

A few dozen cows were set loose in a nearby field, but many others apparently died in the blaze. The exact number hasn't been released. 

The couple that owns the farm wasn't at home at the time of the fire. 

Some of the firefighters suffered minor injuries. 

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.