Updates Related to Covid-19

Updated: March 27, 2020

Changes Impacting UPI-Manchester, Mich.

We remain open for the weekly auction. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, we are asking members to contact the office at (734) 428-8352 or Doug Brooks at (517) 231-0300 BEFORE bringing any livestock to the market. This will ensure we are able to best serve you, our members. 
 


Updated: March 27, 2020

Changes Impacting UPI-Mt. Vernon, Ohio

We remain open for the weekly collection of livestock. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, we are asking members to contact Curtis Spaulding at (734) 474-6428 or the office at (740) 397-5015 BEFORE bringing any livestock to the market. This will ensure we are able to best serve you, our members. 

 


Updated: March 22, 2020

IMPORTANT: WE REMAIN OPEN TO SERVE YOU.

To our valued members:

This past week, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency identified “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers,” including the agriculture and food industry.

As more states implement “Shelter-in-Place” orders, UPI continues to remain open to serve you.

Because we are providing access to an important part of the food supply, we are considered an ‘essential’ service.  We will continue operating under the changes we announced last week – limiting attendees at our auctions to active buyers only. We will strictly enforce these measures to comply with government orders.

Thank you for your continued support and patience.

 


Update from: March 15, 2020

Operational Changes in Response to Covid-19

Our primary focus is to continue providing services to our members during this time of uncertainty, while also protecting our members and their families, as well as our employees. We know our members’ livelihood depends on marketing their livestock, and during this time we are continuing our weekly auctions as scheduled. However, we are implementing operational changes in adherence with the order from Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.

Effective immediately and until further notice, we are limiting spectators at all auctions. We are encouraging members to unload their livestock at the docks and leave our markets. We understand our auctions are often treated as a social gathering, but during this time, we recommend only active buyers attend our auctions. By implementing these changes, this will ensure our members’ can still benefit from the auction process while honoring the “social distancing” mandates from public officials.

Checks will be available for pick-up at the completion of the sale, but we are strongly encouraging members to utilize our ACH (direct deposit) service or have your check mailed to you to minimize in-person contact

These decisions are not easy, but they are necessary. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to maintain the highest level of customer service during this challenging time. By limiting in-person exposure of our employees and members, we believe we are doing what we can to help curb the pandemic that the world is facing right now.