Sandberg Hereford Herdsman of the Year
Eddie Sandberg of Courtland, KS, was selected as the 2012 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Sandberg was selected for the award by his peers—other Hereford herdsmen and breeders—and was honored prior to the selection of the supreme champion Hereford on Jan. 14.
Sandberg grew up in Indiana showing crossbred and Simmental heifers and steers. He was active in 4-H and FFA in his hometown of Monon. He attended Kansas State University, where he competed on the livestock judging team. While in school, he met Kevin Jensen of Courtland, KS, and started working for the Jensen family part-time. After graduating from Kansas State University in 2005, he moved to Courtland and started working for Jensen Bros. as their herdsman.
Sandberg has helped the Jensen family earn numerous purple banners through the years, but his responsibilities are far more than getting the show cattle ready. He helps oversee Jensen’s 300-head cow herd as well as helps manage Jensen Genetics, a custom semen collection service.
“He is truly a herdsman at our place,” Jensen says. “He AIs our cows, assists with bull collection, calves cows and helps with the day-to-day management.”
Sandberg said he was honored to be named the 2012 Hereford Herdsman of the Year.
“Looking back at history and the guys who have come before me, they are some of the breed’s legendary breeders and fitters. They are people others call to get advice. It’s an honor to be part of that club.” — WLJ