One sale barn is overloaded with cows.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you to Kist Livestock where a record number of cattle are being sold in 24 hours.
(Sarah Gustin / firstname.lastname@example.org) "Just from the sound of it, you can tell that the pens are full at Kist. In fact, it's record breaking. in the next 24 hours Kist Livestock will sell more than 7-thousand head of cattle."
(Matt Lachenmeier / Kist Livestock) "We are setting records. Last week we set records. Today we will set records. It will be record setting. It's unbelievable."
Last week Kist Livestock sold 7500 head of cattle.
This week, with the cow sale on Monday, and the feeder calf sale on Wednesday, the barn will sell roughly 8500 head of cows.
In fact so many, the stock cow sale scheduled for Saturday, with roughly 2-thousand head consigned, had to be canceled.
Lachenmeier says it was a tough decision for the barn to make.
(Matt Lachenmeier / Kist Livestock) "Our yards are so full. We are just filled up. And our help factor. Short help. A lot of cattle are still going to be in the yards and we would have cattle coming tomorrow. We just can't do any justice to the producer and that is who we care about the most. So we had to postpone the sale to January 11th, just to do justification to those guys."
Selling more than 7-thousand head of cattle is no quick task...it takes nearly a full day.
(Matt Lachenmeier / Kist Livestock) "Last week we got done about 4:30 in the morning and it's going to be probably 6-7 o'clock in the morning when we are done. And the sale doesn't stop. Absolutely does not stop. We got to give these guys some time off. A lot of guys have 60 hours in already. Real easy. Just working a couple of days. It's busy. Very very busy."
Not all these calves are local.
Some had a long trailer ride to get here.
(Matt Lachenmeier / Kist Livestock) "We are just covering a big area. We are covering out north of Williston, into Dickinson area, and up in the Minot area. It's just wild. clear up to Portal, the Canadian Border. So many cattle, but there is lots of cattle coming in from all over. The big thing is Minot. Didn't need to close down. And it's showing right now. Puts a damper on a lot of barns down here. And that's why we decided to cancel the sale. To do the producer the best we could."
Once again, this Saturday's Stock Cow Sale has been canceled.
Kist will be holding 2 Stock Cow Sales on January 11th and 25th.