Distinguished Service Award

The Riebe Family of Meadow Ridge Jerseys is the 2017 recipient of the Gopher Dairy Club’s Distinguished Service Award. Each year, the Gopher Dairy Club presents the Distinguished Service Award to deserving members of the dairy community who have greatly contributed to the success of the club. Meadow Ridge Jerseys is owned by Roger and Darice Riebe of Cumberland, WI. They farm together with their sons Mike and Mark along with their wives.

The Riebe Family of Meadow Ridge Jerseys

The Riebe family has had tremendous success exhibiting their Jerseys at the Minnesota State Fair, the Wisconsin State Fair, World Dairy Expo, and most importantly for the Jersey breed, at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY. They have won premier breed four times at the Louisville show. The Riebes doubles the number of 1st place blue ribbons compared to the next closest exhibitor. This past year, Roger also won the Max Gordon Recognition Award, given to an exhibitor who possesses the five key elements for which the award got its name: sportsmanship, ethics, professionalism, ability, and promotion of the Jersey cow at the 2016 North American International Livestock Exposition.

All of the show animals are home-bred, a difference that sets Meadow Ridge Jerseys apart. No outside help is used by the Riebes to prepare their cattle for showing; all hoof trimming, clipping, fitting, and showing is done by family members. Showing is truly a family affair for the Riebe family!

At World Dairy Expo this past year, Roger Riebe was named the 75th recipient of the Klussendorf Award, the highest recognition given to a dairy cattle showman in the United States. This award is given in memory of Arthur B. Klussendorf, who is considered an outstanding showman of his time and a model for all those who followed him.

The Riebes have graciously hosted the University of Minnesota judging teams every year for the past 20 years. The classes are always of contest quality ­ both heifers and cows ­ and the family thoroughly enjoys assisting dairy youth in improving in their judging skills.

As members of the Gopher Dairy Club, we are always delighted to acknowledge exceptional members of the dairy industry who have significantly contributed to our organization. The Gopher Dairy Club is proud to bestow the Riebe Family of Meadow Ridge Jerseys the 2017 Distinguished Service Award.