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September 12, 2007

Colquitt County-- What began in 1967 as a small seventy cow dairy farm in colquitt County has now expanded to a five hundred cow operation to include a product line of milk, buttermilk, ice cream, butter and by year's end cheese, that owners say will continue to bring about further expansion of the business and a need for more employees.

"cheese that we are hoping to get up and going before the end of the year that is going to bring in some additional employment. We currently have ten employees in our cream valley, so we have a lot of room there. With the hauling of milk into different locations, naturally that brings in more distribution so were going to have to have truck drivers and things like that to be added" said dairy owner Ricky Sparkman.

Even with expansion the Sparkman's cream valley dairy continues it's idea of environmental stewardship, Sparkman's milk line is sold in these biodegradable containers made from cornstarch. It's this type of business that ag commissioner Tommy Irvin says is good for consumers in the state of Georgia.

"different milk and ice cream products they produce here, it's very essential to have that diversification, and the more of these types of operations we have in our state, the better our state is going to be" said  Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin.

Sparkman's cream valley still maintains artificial hormone free dairy products, using all-jersey cows so the initial dairy product is of the highest quality resulting in superior tasting milk, butter, ice cream and soon cheese.

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