Ryan and his wife, Brianna, started RippView Ridge with a desire to raise crops, cattle and the next generation of farm kids.

Ryan Ripp grew up in the small village of Dane, Wis., helping his extended family custom raise dairy heifers and finish steers. During his youth, he watched the volunteer fire department battle a grass fire at his family’s farm, which fueled his desire to serve his community.

After graduating college with a degree in animal science, he met his wife, Brianna, and they started RippView Ridge Farm with a desire to “raise crops, cattle and the next generation of farm kids.” The Ripps manage their cow-calf operation building the genetics in their herd for when their kids (now two and five years old) can start showing.

Brianna, who grew up on a dairy farm, also manages the direct marketing part of the business, selling quarters and halves to the local community. The family’s focus on service is not limited to the fire station. Brianna is on the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation board, and Ryan serves on local boards and organizations with the Lodi Agricultural Fair, the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board and Farm Bureau. If that wasn’t enough, Ryan also serves farmers as a District Manager for Dairyland Seed.

“Producers in our community are there to help one another,” Ryan said. “Everyone is upfront and honest and willing to help out, and I love being a part of that.”

Ryan enjoys networking, learning from neighbors, and sharing information. He enjoys reaching out to the community, especially kids, through the fire department’s annual open house and kids fire safety week. His dedication to the community inspires others to get involved and give back.

Provided by Wisconsin Beef Council. Read the full story here.