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Kist Livestock Mandan, ND
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Hansen Simmental Ranch, Mandan Lake Simmental and Kunkel Simmentals are the three solid seedstock families that collaborate to form “Dakota Xpress”, a North Dakota based seedstock source. With nearly 700 seedstock females and over 1000 cows in total, this group brings a substantial presence and years of experience to the seedstock business. Started in 2004, Dakota Xpress has developed into one of the most successful strategic development and marketing groups in the country and has established a reputation for selling bulls and females that work and perform for their customers.

When asked how the group has changed and evolved along with the industry, Wade Staigle of Mandan Lake Simmentals explains, “We have always had a core of great breeders in our group. Retirements have changed some of the faces, but in turn, this results in fresh enthusiasm and youthful energy to our program.”

Dakota Xpress is one of the largest offerings of Simmental genetics in North Dakota, offering more than 150 bulls per year and selling 50 to 100 females in their February production sale at Kist Livestock in Bismarck ND. All bulls are developed and evaluated at the Mandan Lake facility prior to the sale in Bismarck. Their large selection of powerful Red bulls routinely tops the sale offering, but nearly half of the offering are black and polled as well. Additionally a growing selection of SimAngus bulls are being added each year for increased customer flexibility.

According to Kevin Hansen of Hansen Simmental Ranch, “We always want this business to be a growing one. We all have multiple generations interested and participating in the business, so it is important that we grow our success to allow them to be a part of the operation if they can. By increasing the offering of genetics and the size of our collective business we can begin to offer greater customer service to the folks who support our programs.”

Kunkel Simmentals might be the newest member to the Dakota Xpress group, but the family operation offers a long family history in the cow business and fresh fervor to the organization. When asked about his future as part of Dakota Xpress Dusty Kunkel remarks, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our family to join a successful group of breeders as a member partner. The fact that we have worked with the Staigle’s and Hansen’s in the past, helping to start and grow Dakota Xpress makes our entry a smooth one. We also got our base herd start purchasing stock from Dakota Xpress members, so our genetics fit right with what the other members offer. Uniformity is especially important when you work within a group to sell bulls.”

The Dakota Xpress offering comes from a great tradition of cattle that are evaluated and selected based on their level of performance. Maternal traits like fertility and longevity are also at the heart of their breeding philosophy. “Our customers expect their cows to wean heavy calves and breed right back. That sounds simple, but we are getting more and more new customers whose cow herds just aren’t getting the job done particularly if they have quit crossbreeding with Simmental,” explains Staigle.

The families welcome guests to stop by the Mandan Lake Simmental Ranch near Center, North Dakota

(Approximately 45 miles NW of Bismarck) from November to Early February to look through the entire bull offering.













Wade Staigle
(701) 794-3351
(701) 226-6464
Kevin Hansen
(701) 758-2571 (h)
(701) 720-6551 (c)
Dusty Kunkel
(701) 471-5342


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3195 15th St SW
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