The Jensen’s farming business was organized in the 1990’s as a dream of Glenn and Anita who, along with their daughter, Amanda, run a cow/calf operation with about 30 registered shorthorns or shorthorn-influenced cattle.
The Glenn and Anita Jensen family, rural Springfield, have been named the 2015 Brown County Farm Family of the Year.
The Jensen’s farming business was organized in the 1990’s as a dream of Glenn and Anita who, along with their daughter, Amanda, run a cow/calf operation with about 30 registered shorthorns or shorthorn-influenced cattle. Cattle are sold private treaty as replacements or seed stock and marketed through local feeder auctions.
Amanda is the herd manager for Jensen Family Shorthorns. She focuses on genetic selection to continually improve the herd and provide a good genetic diversity to potential customers. Amanda currently attends South Dakota State University and plans to return to the farm and promote Jensen Family Shorthorns to the fullest.
The Jensen’s son, Adam, was very involved in the farming operation as well. He and Amanda had dreams of working together to develop a breeding business. Adam passed away in 2013. The Jensens say they are “keeping the dream” and that Adam’s influence is felt every day as the family travels the path they were set upon.
Glenn is employed by Farmers Union Industries as a sales representative. He says he is there at the farm to do whatever needs to be done. “It is a working farm,” he said. “And the key word is work. I enjoy every aspect of the operation . . . calving, cleaning barns, baling, marketing, or just spending time in the barn with Amanda and Anita.”
Anita works at First National Bank of Springfield and serves as financial secretary of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She is also involved in all aspects of the operation. Glenn said, “She makes herself available whenever needed. It might be manning the gates, calling the vet or running errands. She is there at show time to hold a halter, provide lunch or clean up afterward. She is there at calving time, making sure chores are always done when everyone else is away from the farm, and she is always available to give a hug when we need it most.”
The Jensens are very involved in 4-H in their community and the Brown County Fair. They are members of the Redwood Area Cattlemen’s Association and the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association.
In addition to the official statewide recognition of the 2015 Farm Families that took place at Farmfest on Aug. 6, the Jensen Family will also be honored locally during the Brown County 4-H Livestock Auction taking place at 2:30 p.m., Friday, August 14, at the Brown County Fair.
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Each year, the University of Minnesota recognizes families from throughout Minnesota for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities. The Farm Family Recognition Program has existed for over two decades with the continued support of University of Minnesota Extension, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and Farmfest