New Zealand ambassador to tour milk plant Tuesday

Staff reports New Zealand Ambassador to the United States John Wood will tour the Dairiconcepts milk plant in Portales’ industrial park Tuesday, according to a press release from the City of Portales. The plant, which employs over 100 people, is a partnership between New Zealand’s Fonterra and Dairy Farmers of America, both dairy cooperatives in […]

Local groups plan efforts to help hurricane victims

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The residents of Eastern New Mexico are responding to pleas for help from the south, in the wake of demolished neighborhoods in a horrified New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina hit states along the Gulf Coast earlier this week. Spearheading relief efforts are unlikely team-ups of professionals such as New Mexico […]

Cheese plant still scheduled to open in October

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A fresh layer of concrete coats the county road leading to the Southwest Cheese company. Adding asphalt to that layer is just one of a shrinking number of items left on the plant’s to-do list. The company’s Web site, www.southwestcheese.com, monitors the days, hours, minutes and seconds that remain […]

Dairies impact area school enrollment

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Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers At least three school districts in eastern New Mexico and neighboring West Texas expect enrollment increases this fall, largely due to the growing dairy industry as well as requirements for the No Child Left Behind Act. Muleshoe, Grady and the Clovis Christian all expect slight enrollment increases, with Muleshoe installing eight […]

We need to concentrate on our resources

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist Last week I spouted off about the proposed closure of Cannon Air Force Base, but I still haven’t used up all my hot air on the issue. This is because practically nobody accepts that the closure is a done deal. We have to change the minds of five Base Realignment […]

March 13 Dora School News

It’s springtime at school also so the kids are all full of tricks, games and laughter. The younger ones rush, rush to be the first in the lunch lines, then rush through their meal so they can rush outside to the playground for some excitement before they have to rush back in for more studies. […]

Dairy calving business coming to Muleshoe

By Marlena Martz: PNT Correspondent Dairy farmers in the eastern New Mexico and West Texas currently rely on small calving operations, partnerships and personal efforts to keep their herds stocked. But that may soon change. Fullmer Cattle Co. of California plans to build a 75,000-head calving operation in Muleshoe that would have the company raising […]

Vendors enjoy turnout for Ag Expo

By Tony Parra The 13th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo organizers and more than 450 vendors said they enjoyed the turnout on Tuesday and Wednesday, which made the opportunity to create and maintain relationships with others involved in the agriculture industry. “We would have liked to have more numbers, but it was still a good […]

Animal disposal discussed at expo

By Tony Parra People in the dairy business from eastern New Mexico and those in the livestock business attended a seminar on Wednesday to see what composting of carcass options would be legal and viable for their business. Hillary Sullivan, a dairy specialist with the New Mexico State University Extension office, spoke at the 13th […]

NMSU officials to give lessons at Ag Expo

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com New Mexico State University extension agents will be conducting seminars to keep ranchers and those in the dairy industry up to date on the animal identification tags and composting animal carcasses during the 13th Annual Agriculture Expo on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ron Parker, New Mexico […]