Cattle Herders


Promoting the Cattle & Resources

of the Sandhills since 1936!


Association News

Upcoming Events

  • BBQ Cookoff
    Mon, Sep 20
    Sep 20, 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM CDT
    Valentine, 120 S Green St # 9, Valentine, NE 69201, USA
    Grab your buddies and your smoker...we're having a good ol' fashioned BBQ cookoff!
  • 24th Annual Golf Classic
    Mon, Sep 20
    Sep 20, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
    Valentine, Dowden St, Valentine, NE 69201, USA
    Mark your calendars for September 20, 2021, for the Sandhills Cattle Association's Annual Golf Classic to be held in Valentine, Nebraska. Enjoy the afternoon on the course with ag-minded individuals during this fun-filled fundraiser to support the ongoing efforts of the Association.
  • 82nd Annual Convention & Trade Show
    Sep 21, 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM CDT
    Valentine, 120 S Green St # 9, Valentine, NE 69201, USA
    Mark your calendars for the 82nd Annual Sandhills Cattle Association Convention and Trade Show that will be held on September 21 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds in Valentine, Nebraska. The agenda can be found at below under Event Flyers & Forms.
  • Zoetis Presents the 7th Annual Bred Heifers Contest & Show
    Sep 21, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
    Valentine, 120 S Green St # 9, Valentine, NE 69201, USA
    Bring your best first-calf heifers to town to compete for bragging rights for the Champion Pen of Three - Bred Heifers at the 82nd Annual Sandhills Cattle Association Annual Convention at the Cherry County Fairgrounds in Valentine, Nebraska on September 21, 2021, sponsored by our friend at Zoetis!
  • Beer & Wine Tasting with Outdoor Games & DJ
    Sep 21, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
    Valentine, 120 S Green St #9, Valentine, NE 69201, USA
    Enjoy your evening with fine wine, craft beer, good people, and fun times!

upcoming events



The Sandhills are 19,300 square miles of rolling, grass-covered hills that stretch across Nebraska and South Dakota and sit atop the Ogallala aquifer, one of the largest underground water sources in the United States. This location, along with an abundance of water and over 700 species of grasses, makes the Sandhills a prime grazing area for cattle.

The area is often called "God's Own Cow Country." Cattle ranching is the lifeblood of this region and the Sandhills ranchers take their jobs seriously. They strive to produce better cattle that will be profitable for both the producer and feeder, yet cost justifiable to the packer and provide safe, nutritious and great tasting beef for the consumer.

The Sandhills Cattle Association was organized in the late 1930s with the purpose of bringing together cattle feeders from what was then referred to as the "Corn Belt" and ranchers raising cattle in the Sandhills. The Association was to assist with the purchase and sale of Sandhills cattle and to promote a spirit of cooperation friendship and mutual understanding between producers and feeders.

Today the Sandhills Cattle Association continues to promote the cattle and resources of the Sandhills through education, marketing, communications, and unique member services. The Association hosts an annual membership meeting and convention May or June, a ranch tour in late January open to any interested individuals at no cost and conducts a feedlot carcass contest open to members each year. In addition, the office provides industry information relevant to its membership through numerous publications, lists, and surveys.



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Sandhills Cattle Association

130 S Hall St #2
PO Box 786
Valentine, NE 69201-0786

Office (402) 376-2310

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