Portales past: Aug. 13, 1945

Aug. 13, 1945: Due to a drastic feed shortage in the area, many farmers and dairy cattlemen were selling all or part of their herds, cutting milk production by 20 to 30 percent.

Weekly news update

Wholesale milk prices rising That milk mustache is topping off a smile these days among local dairy owners. Wholesale milk prices are finally moving up. Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson says wholesale milk prices were $12.86 per 100 pounds for last month’s milk. That’s in the general break-even range of $12-$14 per hundred weight, […]

One injured in ATV accident

PNT staff Portales and Clovis paramedics responded Monday evening to an all terrain vehicle accident in the area of the Boonestroo Dairy on State Road 467. Lt. Ricky Mitchell of the Clovis Fire Department said crews could not get to the patient with an ambulance, so pick up trucks were used to get to the […]

Chief: Cigarette ignited Dairy fire

Freedom New Mexico A stray cigarette in a pile of feed caused Thursday’s fire at Western Star Dairy, Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen and Assistant Fire Chief Delbert Rector said. Rector believed the cigarette was thrown down out of carelessness. A damage estimate was yet available. Rector said Floyd firefighters remained on scene until 3 […]

Fire at Western Star Dairy

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High winds and temperatures are hampering firefighters’ efforts to stop a silage fire Thursday at a Roosevelt County dairy. Steven Cain of Portales and Floyd fire departments said feed caught fire at Western Star Dairy, and the blaze spread into a large pile of silage, including the plastic and tires covering it. He said firefighters […]

Palla named Dairy Farmers of America first vice chair

Freedom New Mexico The board of directors of Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. elected Clovis dairy farmer Wayne Palla as its first vice chairman. Palla has previously served as vice chair of DFA’s board. He also is a member of DFA’s executive committee and chair of the Southwest Area Council. Palla is on the National […]

Governmental bodies to meet about regulations on dairies

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A trio of governmental bodies meeting today are set to consider opposing proposed state regulations that some dairy farmers say will drive them out of business. But state Environment Department representatives say the proposed rules are based on evidence. Agendas for the Portales City Council and the Roosevelt and […]

Sandwich best paired with dairy

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer As promised, let me introduce a sandwich I recently put together. I’ve kept the fat and processed sugar lower than they could be, but it’s still nice and sweet. Cherry-banana sandwich • two slices of bread (I like white for this, but whole wheat is healthier.) • one banana, […]

Milk prices fall

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Wholesale milk prices for dairy owners in the area have decreased after a rise several months ago. Local dairy owners say it’s only a short setback and predict prices will start climbing again later this year. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy in Roosevelt County said globally, prices for cheese […]

State orders dairy to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The New Mexico Environment Department has ordered a second dairy in Roosevelt County to come up with a plan for cleaning up contaminated groundwater. According to a news release from the department, La Jolla Dairy northwest of Portales has submitted a Stage 1 Abatement plan to address soil and […]

Trucking companies adding about 100 jobs in Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer Two trucking companies are bringing around 100 jobs to eastern New Mexico, a local economic development official said Friday. Greatwide Logistics Inc. is beginning to operate in Portales after winning a countywide milk-hauling contract with Dairy Farmers of America, according to a news release from Roosevelt County Community […]

Press Release: Western Dairy bringing 65 new jobs to area

The Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation (RCCDC) announced today that Western Dairy Transport LLC (WDT) of Cabool, Missouri has purchased a 15 acre site in north Portales and will consolidate their Clovis and Portales operations in Portales, bringing at least 65 existing positions back to the community after a two month hiatus. In recent months, […]

Western Dairy Transport lays off about 75 workers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Western Dairy Transport in Portales laid off about 75 employees Wednesday because a large contract expired. Company President David Shelton, who works in the Stephenville, Texas, office, said WDT’s multi-year local-hauling contract with Dairy Farmers of America expired. The new contract was awarded to Greatwide Logistics Service, based in […]

Dairy submits plan to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer New Mexico Environment Department representatives have said they’ve found groundwater pollution at a local dairy, but the owner said he has decreased existing contamination since taking over the property. NMED environmental scientist Bart Faris, reading from the abatement plan the dairy has turned in to address the situation, said […]

Dairy attrition continues

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Ten dairies in Roosevelt and Curry counties have gone out of business since wholesale milk prices began dropping more than a year ago, a Dairy Farmers of America spokesman confirms. Walter Bradley, government and business affairs director for the DFA in Clovis, said five of the dairies were participants […]

Lawmakers disagree on distributing dairy money

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Lawmakers in Congress from eastern and western states disagreed Thursday on how to distribute $350 million in federal money designated to help dairy farmers. Under an agreement set Wednesday, $60 million would go to buy surplus dairy products, but there were no details on how to dole out the […]

U.S. agriculture secretary backs dairy relief proposal

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has committed to temporarily raise the price the federal Department of Agriculture will pay for dairy products, providing the director of the U.S. Office of Management and the Budget approves the move. In a meeting with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and other senators […]

Business feature: Couple expanded laundry service from dairy clothes to uniforms and civilian clothing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Valentine Linen has been operating for over 2 years in Portales. Shannon and Ken Valentine started out cleaning dairy clothes for their other business, Udderly Clean. Shannon said Ken used to work for Dairy Concepts. She started washing his uniforms at home. “That was really what Valentine Linen service […]

Economic downturn affecting local dairies

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Six months after the drop in milk prices, Roosevelt and Curry county dairy owners are still trying to wait out the slump. In January, milk prices dropped to half of the prediction from six months before. On top of that, many dairymen are locked into high-priced feed contracts. “I […]

Dairy Fest draws crowd of 9,000

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When most Dairy Fest fans walked up on Ryan White’s tent Saturday, they either laughed or stopped for a photograph with the sign: “Smells like poo…it grew.” White’s job at Dairy Fest is to teach people about manure, and its uses — fertilizer being high on the list. White […]