Dairy Star article July 27, 2015
Our Zahbulls Facebook Post
We’re so grateful for the support we’ve received from our community following the story that KTTC aired last night about our attempt to sustain our 4th generation family dairy farm.
Unfortunately, KTTC didn’t do much in the way of fact-checking. They insinuated that Tim tried to side step the township by moving the vote to the county, which is not true. The town board deemed the issue a conflict of interest back in May, and Tim agreed.
We could go on about the information they got wrong, or left out of the story completely.
The bottom line is that we are doing our best to continue to do what our family has done, and has loved doing for over 80 years. Farming is in our DNA. In order to ensure that we can keep at it, we need to adapt to a changing dairy business climate. The encroaching growth of the city of Plainview around our existing farm eliminates our ability to expand there. Our best option to stay in business is to build a new facility on land that we’ve operated for 30+ years.
From the start we’ve worked closely with state and county agencies to create a thoughtful, sustainable plan that offers only benefit and growth to our community. We’ve farmed in this area for generations, and we want our children to have the same opportunity.
People lament the looming extinction of the family farm, but these same folks are quick to object to changes that ensure these farms can stay in business. What’s more important – an unobstructed view of our farmland, or our ability to continue farming, period?
Thank you again, to all of you who’ve shared our story and reached out to us with your support. We’re going to do whatever we can to keep doing this job that we love, in this place that we love.