Local dairymen waiting for ruling on environmental regulations

Argen Duncan The fate of new state dairy environmental regulations remains to be seen as involved parties wait for decisions from the Court of Appeals and the Water Quality Control Commission. At the end of December, the commission issued regulations, which contained points of contention over linings for dairy wastewater lagoons and the use of […]

Dairy farmer critical of new rules

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Argen Duncan New dairy regulations recently put on hold by Gov. Susana Martinez were bad for the industry, according to local dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. In the 2009, state lawmakers adopted a bill requiring strict regulations on groundwater pollution prevention for New Mexico dairies. After a lengthy process, the state Water Quality Control Commission […]

Year in review: Transportation industry expanded in Portales

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PNT Staff Reports In 2010, growth in the local trucking business promised about 100 new jobs for the Portales area, on top of other advances in the local business scene. In February, Greatwide Logistics Inc. began to operate in Portales after winning a countywide milk-hauling contract with Dairy Farmers of America. The company hired dozens […]

Dairy barn damaged in fire

PNT staff reports A fire destroyed about 500 tons of hay and damaged a barn Sunday at Westra Dairy in Portales. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill said Portales and Arch firefighters battled the blaze from just after 11 a.m. until 5:50 p.m. He said they provided protection for dairy workers to use fork […]

Dairy farmers: Feed costs squeezing profits

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Argen Duncan After a few months of good milk prices, dairy farmers say they are again seeing their profit margins drop, but forecasts indicate rising milk prices later in 2011. In 2009, milk prices were low and feed costs high, meaning dairies lost money. Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson said dairies came back a […]

Dairies work to keep milk antibiotic-free

Argen Duncan While people may worry about overexposure to antibiotics, local dairy industry representatives say a system of safety checks keep those substances out of milk produced in the area. “Most antibiotics in the dairy industry are used in a very cautious manner, and there are several reasons for that caution,” said dairy owner Alva […]

Dairy Farmers of America plan for future

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The global demand for agricultural products, including dairy products, will increase in coming years, meaning a bright outlook for that industry, speakers said at the Dairy Farmers of America Southwest Area Industry Update Meeting on Wednesday in Clovis. Walter Bradley of the DFA Clovis office said 185 people from around the region attended. He estimated […]

It’s their job: Tish Gossett

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Tish Gossett, 19, of Portales works as an administrative assistant at Western Dairy Transport LLC. She said what she likes best about the job is that WDT works around her school hours. Gossett is studying graphic design at Eastern New Mexico University.

Portales past: Sept. 6, 1955

Sept. 6, 1955 Portales Daily News: W. Newell Page, Eastern New Mexico University director of agricultural instruction, was the featured speaker at the annual Chamber of Commerce dairy tour.

Comfortable cows important to dairy owners

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Argen Duncan Cows have regular pedicures. Really. Dairy owners use pedicures — hoof trimming — along with a variety of other methods to keep their cows comfortable, and thus giving milk. Michelle Heavyside, co-owner of Greenfield Park Dairy on N.M. 202, said keeping the cows happy and healthy is in both the animals’ and dairy […]