By Scott Bidroski
After 38 years of ownership under Gordon resident Diane Sandage, Sandage Feeds will make the transition to a new chapter.
As of March 1, the Feddersen family from Rushville has purchased the feed business from Sandage. A new name is coming soon, once all the legal hoops have been jumped through.
The Feddersen’s ranch near Rushville along with being partners in an AI Business with Judd Hoos. So cattle is not only a business to them, it’s a way of life.
“I had been buying feed from and working with Diane for a while. When she asked if I would want to take over, it made a lot of sense seeing how they all worked together,” said Court.
Sandage started the business in 1983 and has watched it grow over the years. And it’s now grown enough that Sandage cannot keep up by herself. She has taken a step back to help more on the home ranch with her husband Gary and their cattle, plus more visits to see their grandchildren.
“I wanted to find someone to take it over who would take good care of my customers and who knew livestock and I think I have found that person in Court and his family,” said Sandage.
The Feddersen’s can offer the producer any feed, mineral, or cake that they would ever need for a successful operation.
They offer Vitaferm and Hubbard products which include all the essentials for your cattle operation. Cow, cow/calf, bull, stocker, etc. are all covered in the Vitaferm line.
They also offer horse feed and mineral, cat and dog food, chicken starter and grower feed, swine feed, bird seed, rabbit feed, goat and sheep feed, along with protein and stress tubs. Redmond salt products are also available for ordering.
If any producer has questions about what they can offer, feel free to contact Court on his cell phone at (308) 360-3534.
“One of my favorite parts of the job is meeting a lot of really good people and good conversation,” Feddersen said.
“Also, believing in what we are selling and seeing and hearing how it makes a difference is an added bonus.”
The ties to Sheridan County for this family run deep. Court is a 2001 graduate of Rushville High School and Traci graduated in 1996. They have three children, Wyatt, Makenna, and Ashley.
The family stays busy with Court also being a member of the Rushville Fire Department and Traci being the Assistant City Clerk for Rushville.
Wyatt is involved with football and wrestling, Makenna plays volleyball, and Ashley is a big fan of everything horses.
All of the Feddersen kids are involved with 4-H along with helping out Mom and Dad with the ranch work.
For Sandage, it has never been a traditional “feed store” but a warehouse where customers could come and go to fulfill their needs. She cherishes the friendships she has made with customers over the years.
“It has been a wonderful 38 years. I loved the feed business and my wonderful customers who trusted me and the products that I sold. I have made so many wonderful friends,” said Sandage.