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I belong to... Texas A&M Dairy Club: David Volleman

PD staff Published on 22 August 2011


Hometown: Born in Luxembourg and grew up in Gustine, Texas.



My dairy background: I have three brothers, Benjamin, Andrew and Daniel, and my parents are Frank and Annette. My family has been in the dairy business for at least four generations. My family moved to Texas in 1993 from Luxembourg where we had a small dairy; we now milk approximately 3,300 cows in a 72-stall rotary.

Year in school and area of study:
Senior at Texas A&M University studying agribusiness and ag economics as a double major with a certificate in dairy science.

If I wasn’t studying agriculture/dairy, I would be ... gaining dairy experience, preferably overseas in countries such as New Zealand, Brazil or South Africa.

I have been a member of the dairy club for ... 3 years.

I joined our club because ... I wanted to meet people with a similar interest in dairy.

A little-known fact about our club is …
approximately 80 percent of our membership did not grow up on or around a dairy.

One of the hardest-working or most well-known members of the club is ... Our advisers, Dr. Holub and Dr. Tomaszewski, because they make trips possible such as the Dairy Challenge in California or the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium in New Mexico.

My favorite club event is ... The Dairy Consortium because it teaches us an enormous amount about dairy cows through classroom lectures and even more in the field at the many dairy visits.


An influential alumni whom I’ve met through the club is ... our adviser, Dr. Tomaszewski.

He or she is helpful/influential because ... he knows many people and has a lot of experience in the dairy field.

I hope my legacy as president will be ... to have promoted club membership growth while still keeping everyone as involved as the small dedicated group we are today.

My advice to all dairy students is ... get experience in the dairy field and build a network along the way.

My future involvement in the dairy industry will include … getting some more dairy experience and then hopefully owning my own dairy farm. PD

Texas A&M Dairy Club
3106 Hummingbird Circle
Bryan, Texas 77807
(325) 330-0168


Members: 20

Number of students in leadership roles or on executive committee: 8

Biggest fundraiser and/or club event: Selling cheese boards and cheese in a basket as gift baskets.

Club mission: To promote and develop a better understanding of the dairy business among students at Texas A&M, to develop leadership to the extent possible in such an organization and to establish and maintain a spirit of fellowship among all its members.