The United Dairymen of Idaho announced the winners of three annual awards for Idaho dairy producers at its annual meeting Nov. 6 and 7 at the Boise Centre on the Grove.
Lon Tueller is the 2013 Idaho Dairy Hall of Fame inductee. He has more than 58 years of dairy experience and has won multiple show awards for his cows. He also has received the quality recognition award for more than 20 years of producing high-quality milk. Tueller serves as a mentor and provides work for troubled teens on his farm.
The 2013 Idaho Milk Quality Award recognizes 13 finalists for excellence and superior milk quality. It is given to the dairy that produced the highest quality of milk throughout the year. The award was given to John Rietkerk, of Rietkerk Dairy No. 2, which supplies milk to Glanbia Foods in Twin Falls.
The 2013 Friend of the Industry Award is awarded to a non-dairy producer who advocates for Idaho’s dairy farm families and the dairy industry. This year’s recipient is John Billetz, executive director of the Idaho High School Activities Association. For the past 30 years, Idaho’s dairy farm families, through United Dairymen of Idaho, have contributed nearly $8.3 million to IHSAA and the youth of Idaho.