KANSAS CITY, Mo. ­­­— At the conclusion of the 2012 VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) it was announced that Brady Jensen, Courtland, Kan., was voted by his peers to win this year’s Herdsman of the Year title and coveted belt buckle.

A member of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) for 18 years, Brady has shown at 12 JNHEs. The 19-year-old son of Kevin and Sheila Jensen is currently a sophomore at Butler County Community College (BCCC), El Dorado, Kan.

A committee of national advisors chose five finalists for the Herdsman of the Year award and the winner was voted on by JNHE participants.

“I fell very honored to win this award,” Jensen says. “I have looked up to several people that have been privileged enough to receive the award in the past. I hope to continue setting a good example for the youth of our association.”   

At this year’s JNHE, Jensen was elected to the NJHA Board and won the John Wayne, Hereford Herdsman, Future Cattlemen and Golden Bull Achievement Scholarships. At the 2011 JNHE, Brady placed third in senior showmanship and received the second-place Walter and Joe Lewis Award.

At BCCC Jensen competes on the livestock judging team, is a member of Ag Ambassador Club and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was listed on the President’s Honor Roll. He plans to continue his animal science education at a four-year university then seek a master’s degree in animal genetics.

As far as Hereford involvement, he is the president of the Kansas Junior Hereford Association (KJHA), was member of the 2011 JNHE fundraising and show committees, has attended three PRIDE Conventions and exhibits cattle at national Hereford shows across the country.

The 2012 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo. The NJHA is one of the most active junior programs in the country with approximately 3,000 members. The NJHA’s mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA, visit www.jrhereford.org.