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Another couple — both wearing burnt-orange University of Texas T-shirts — stops for samples. The woman asks if the Shattos name all their cows. (They do.) The man says the chocolate milk is the best he's ever had.
In addition to hearing people tell them how good their milk tastes, the Shattos have found satisfaction in their involvement in causes such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Ronald McDonald House. Leroy wants to refurbish an old Divco milk truck that he can bring to events.
Shatto Milk Company has created opportunities that Leroy could not have imagined five years ago, including an invitation to speak at Hallmark. On his visit, Shatto noticed a few employees keeping betta fish in Shatto bottles on their desks. He received a fish in a bottle as a parting gift. "Fred lasted a couple of years," he says.
Shatto milk is now delivered as far as Belton. Sales in August were up 65 percent from a year ago. Of course, there are limits to what the Shattos and their cows can do. Leroy says he'd rather stay small and run the business well. "I don't want to get too big to where I screw up," he says.
For now, though, the fatalist stops to savor the moment.
"I've had more fun in the last three years than I've had in my entire lifetime," he says.
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