Grassland said it currently processes more than 4.8 million pounds of milk per day to churn out more than 280,000 pounds of butter daily — the equivalent to 70 semi-truck loads of butter a day.
With added capacity the plant is now poised to run 8 million pounds of milk through the plant using three ultra-modern continuous churns each producing 50,000 pounds of butter per hour.
Plans are also being thought out to install a lactose dryer to make a high quality edible powder for the food industry. The new lactose dryer would create 25 new jobs in the area, the company said.
The butter produced by Grassland starts with milk supplied daily by the more than 850 patron dairy producers and churned into butter by buttermakers as part of company's team of 500 employees.
"We have a 12-bay intake and can unload 12 trucks of milk at one time and each truck contains about 50,000 pounds of milk," says Grassland vice president Trevor Wuethrich. "Before unloading, all milk undergoes rigorous quality tests to ensure meets and exceeds standards. That milk is then stored in 50,000 gallon silos and kept at 44 degrees Fahrenheit until it's used. Once that milk is churned into butter and placed in its proper packaging, it is stored in our 60,000 square foot cold warehouse and ready for semi-trucks to take it all over the country."