Jim Sagvold receives Honorary Local Brand Inspector Award

North Dakota Stockmen’s Association
Farm Forum

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) recognized long-time local brand inspector and Sheldon, N.D., cattleman Jim Sagvold with the NDSA’s Honorary Local Brand Inspector Award at a special awards banquet during its annual convention in Minot, N.D., on Sept. 21.

Sagvold began brand inspecting in 1978 and continues to provide inspection service to livestock producers in southeastern North Dakota.

“I got started brand inspecting thanks to my neighbor Orville Pfingsten,” said Sagvold. “He showed up at my place one day and asked if I would consider taking his place as an inspector, so I signed up. Today, I inspect cull cows, feeder calves and a lot of horses.”

“Jim is a long-time brand inspector,” said NDSA Chief Brand Inspector Blaine Northrop. “He is thorough and does a great job. We are happy to have him as a part of our brand inspection team.”

Sagvold grew up in the McLeod area, attending school there and in Lisbon. Following high school, he worked a stint at the state hospital and as a partsman at Tri-State Auction in Fargo, N.D., before he was offered a chance to become a partner in the neighboring Eckre Ranch, just three miles from his home place. Over the years, he purchased the ranch, which ran registered Polled Herefords and, more recently, red and black commercial cows. He recently sold his cows to his son. In addition, Jim has a small trucking company, where he custom-hauls cattle with a pickup and gooseneck trailer.

He enjoys his brand inspection work, but has kept on so long because he sees it as an important service to the industry.

In his spare time, Sagvold enjoys dancing, riding horse and hitching up his team to his carriage or covered wagons. Sagvold has six children: Lisa Bryer, Wes, Jeremy, Josh, Jodi and Jessica Buttke.