Grassland Dairy Products is doubling its milk plant capacity to churn out more butter and dairy products.

Grassland Dairy Products, Inc., a family-owned butter creamery based in Greenwood, Wis., is doubling its milk plant capacity to churn more butter and dairy products.

Producing one-third of the world’s butter, Grassland currently processes more than 4.8 million pounds of milk per day, churning 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.

"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 Trevor Wuethrich, vice president. “Before unloading, all milk undergoes rigorous quality tests to ensure [it] meets and exceeds standards. That milk is then stored in 50,000-gallon silos and kept at 44°F 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.”

In addition to complete milk and cream processing capabilities to produce an array of butter and dairy products, Grassland recently installed two state-of-the-art milk driers, allowing the plant to dry 28,000 pounds of powder per hour or 4.7 million pounds weekly. The milk driers allow Grassland to get the most value from patron milk by drying down the milk into a powder used as a food and beverage ingredient.

Plans are also being thought out to install a lactose dryer to make a high-quality edible powder. The new lactose dryer would create 25 new jobs in the area.

Grassland products are marketed under the following brands-Fall Creek, Golden GoodnessandCountry Cream.