When Fred Kist Sr. leased the Morton county fairgrounds in 1942 to
begin a tiny livestock auction, he probably had no idea it would grow to
become a sprawling, modernized business that currently employees some 40
The livestock business was located in South Mandan until
1956, when it relocated, moving to "The Strip" on Memorial Highway in
Eastern Mandan. When the pavilion was officially opened 50 years ago, wire
cutters were used to snip the barbed wire encircling the pavilion instead
of the traditional scissors and ribbon. Since making the move, Kist has
constructed a new roof over a portion of its yards, added a drive-thru
chute for stock trailers, offers a free truck wash, implemented new vet
facilities and installed a computerized ring scale.
Livestock, owned and operated by Fred & Bill Kist, is one of the
largest livestock auction markets in North Dakota selling over 5 million
cattle since 1956.
In June of 2006, Kist Livestock Auction was
awarded "The Granite Award" by the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber and the
Excellence in Business committee, for being a cornerstone of the Mandan
and regional economy since 1942.
Kist Livestock Auction Company
1715 40th Ave SE • PO Box 1313 • Mandan, ND 58554
ph. 701-663-9573 • fx. 701-663-9860