On Friday, March 13 a ground-breaking was held in Comanche County just south of Gustine, TX on highway 36. The ground-breaking was for a new dairy processing plant that the Volleman Dairy family are opening. The processing plant will be under the name Volleman’s Family Farm. After completion the dairy processing plant will first start bottling milk then they will begin processing butter and cream. The plant will be able to process 150,000 pounds of milk. Most of the milk will come from the Volleman’s Wildcat Dairy in Comanche County
The plant will be 16,000 square feet and they will have room to expand it on the property. The construction is being handled by Waldrop Construction out of Brownwood and Thompson Services out of Dublin will be providing equipment for the plant.
On hand to celebrate the ground-breaking were: City of Gustine Mayor, Ken Huey, Comanche County officials, Judge Stephanie Davis, County Commissioners’ Russel Gillette and Sherman Sides, Comanche County Treasurer, Patsy Phifer, Comanche County Tax Accessor, Grace Everhart among other county officials. Also present were Sam Waldrop with Waldrop Construction Co., Collin Thompson with Thompson Services, officials from Enviro Ag, Central Texas Farm Credit and the Dairy Coop. And of course several of the Volleman family members were there to celebrate this event.
This dairy processing plant will be very beneficial to the City of Gustine, Comanche and the entire Comanche County area.
A little history of the Volleman family in the dairy industry. From the fields of Holland and pastures of Luxembourg to the heart of Texas, they can trace their dairy heritage all the way back to 1890. So they have been doing this a long time. They hope to share the passion and love for our cows with you and your family through their delicious products. The Volleman’s Family Farm founders, Frank and Annette Volleman started dairying on the family farm in Luxembourg, a small country in Europe. In 1993, after reading about the opportunities in Texas they decided to pack up their small family and make the journey to America. Over 25 years later they are living the American Dream and are still providing fresh milk to Texan families.
Today, Volleman’s Family Farm consists of Frank and Annette alongside their four boys. The oldest, Benjamin, manages the farm and grows the feed for the cows, David and his wife Anna manage the dairy and work hard to keep the cows healthy, Andrew and his wife Shelby run the creamery, and Daniel watches over the baby calves to make sure they can grow big and strong. They hope to leave a legacy for the future generations and love watching their kids get to experience the passion they have for the dairy industry.
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