Butler Alumni-Find Your Direction

Butler Alumni: Dustin Rippe

Butler Alumni, Dustin Rippe grew up on a diversified farming and seedstock cow/calf operation in south central Nebraska.  To this day, Dustin is still very involved in his family’s operation; check them out at Rippe Gelbvieh.  After high school, Dustin went to school at Southeast Community College in Beatrice, NE (not too terribly far from his hometown).  There, during his first semester, he fell in love with livestock judging. 

In Dustin’s words, “I was not going to be able to beat these outstanding kids from Butler.  Therefore, I gave Chris (Mullinix) a call and asked if I could join his team. “

The rest is history.  With the courage to step outside of his comfort zone and a lot of hard work Dustin, transferred to Butler, became an important part of an extremely successful livestock judging team, earned an A.S. degree in Agriculture and set himself on a new course. 

After Butler, Dustin attended Colorado State University where he was on the livestock judging team, and became a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.  Dustin was also on the Seedstock Merchandising Team as well as various agricultural groups and clubs.  During his last semester, this small-town kid expanded his horizons and traveled abroad to New Zealand.   It’s obvious that Dustin was an involved student who made the most of every opportunity available.  He graduated from CSU in 2005, right on schedule, with a double major in Animal Science and Agricultural Business. 

Since his graduation, Dustin has worked for Meyer Natural Angus on the procurement team.  He then, worked for Cattle Fax in Denver as an analyst where he devoted most of his time to working with feedlot, stocker, and cow calf managers/owners as well as analyzing the commodity futures markets.  Currently, Dustin works for Gottsch Enterprises out of Hastings, Ne.  They are a very diversified company but their main business is feeding cattle.  With Gottsch, Dustin is in charge of buying corn and handling the risk management of the cattle feeding business using futures and options as financial protection.  As you can see, Dustin’s attention to his academics and willingness to explore new opportunities has made him very marketable. 

Dustin has always liked to keep himself busy.  Today, in addition to his professional duties he still handles the marketing of the bulls for Rippe Gelbvieh, his family’s Seedstock operation at home in Hubbell, NE.    Dustin and his wife Karla will forever be a part of the BCC Grizzly family.  Like many successful Butler graduates, Dustin still is that small-town kid, at heart, who took the initiative to find his direction at Butler Community College.

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