Dairy Fest features top country act, demonstrations

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer This year’s Dairy Fest is featuring a No. 1-hit country singer and, for the first time, a mechanical-bull, on top of cheeseburgers, dairy foods, educational booths and games. And did anyone mention all that costs only $1 per person? The fourth annual Dairy Fest, complete with a Sammy Kershaw […]

Fire destroys dairy building

PNT Staff Report A Thursday afternoon fire destroyed a building used to store dry milk at Western Star Dairy near Floyd. No one was injured. Floyd Fire Department Lt. Steven Cain said Thursday night the 40-foot-by-40-foot shop was a total loss. According to Cain: • the cause of the fire was still under investigation. • […]

Point of contention

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Environment Department and dairy producers disagree on how dangerous dairies are to groundwater and what should be done to prevent pollution. In this year’s legislative session, a bill passed requiring the state to enact statutes specifying what dairies must do to protect the environment. Now, the […]

State settles case with local dairyman

A local dairyman has committed to submit a plan to reduce groundwater contamination at a Lea County dairy he owns, according to the New Mexico Environment Department. According to a department news release sent out Thursday, the department issued a compliance order to Eddie “Ed the Dairyman” Schaap of Ranchvale on Nov. 3 for failing […]

New dairy facility opening in Portales

PNT Staff Report Automated Dairy Systems Inc. of Jerome, Idaho is opening their first southwestern facility in Portales. The announcement was made Friday by the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation. ADS designs, installs and services several leading brands of automated milking parlor systems for large western dairies, and provides specialized milking system and animal hygiene […]

Press release: USDA says MILC payments on way to dairy farmers

ALBUQUERQUE – Brenda Archuleta, Acting Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico announced today that because of low dairy prices across the country, producers participating in USDA’s Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program will soon begin to receive payments. “As a result of low dairy prices, we will soon begin distributing MILC […]

Milk prices hitting dairy farmers hard

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico With unprocessed milk prices at the lowest many dairy farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties have ever seen, they are borrowing against the equity in their operations or going out of business. Milk prices are half of what they were a year ago. “Everybody’s losing their tail,” said Michelle […]

Ball raises $40,000 for charity

Freedom New Mexico The United Dairy Women’s annual Milk Lover’s Ball raised $40,000 for local children’s charities — more than double last year’s proceeds. President of United Dairy Women Michelle Heavyside said the money will be distributed between local children’s homes, the back pack program with the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, general agriculture […]

Tough times for dairy farmers

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Area dairy farmers, like their counterparts around the nation, are struggling financially due to the global economic downturn. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy near Portales said milk prices are low and many dairies, including his, are locked into high-priced feed contracts set when predictions for milk prices were much […]

County peanut acreage in decline

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By Blake Downs: PNT Correspondent Roosevelt County is losing significant peanut acreage to West Texas and the growth of the dairy industry, according to local farmers and agricultural officials. The number of acres of peanuts planted in Roosevelt County has dropped from 17,000 in 2000 to 5,700 in 2007, according to New Mexico Department of […]

Researchers study canola as viable crop

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Researchers at the New Mexico State University Science Center in Clovis said canola would be a viable crop in High Plains because it can be used for biodiesel production and as dairy feed. Science center assistant professor Sangu Angadi advocates the use of canola over corn in biofuel production. […]

Clovis celebration includes second Dairy Boat Race

By Keely McDowell, Freedom New Mexico The Fourth of July celebrations in Clovis will include the Second Annual Dairy Boat Race at Greene Acres Lake. Participants were given a simple row boat and allowed to modify it within the rules, according to event organizer Steve Reshetar of the Matt 25 Hope Center, an office center […]

Annual Dairy Fest a ‘mooving’ experience for residents

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By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico While other children played games, had their face painted and drank milk at the Curry County Fairgrounds during Saturday’s Dairy Fest, 6-year-old Gracie was helping to demystify the origin of milk. Gracie is a Holstein cow and the star of a Southwest Dairy Farmers exhibit on milking cows. Exhibitor […]

Dairy Fest kicks off Saturday

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico For anyone who has ever wondered about life on a dairy, one local summer event has the answers. This year’s third annual Dairy Fest will take place Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Clovis. “Dairy Fest is a day of family-oriented fun where we encourage and invite the […]

ENMU Briefs June 17, 2008

Manuel Varela, associate professor of biology, and his research students have had a manuscript accepted in the peer-refereed Journal of Dairy Research. The journal is ranked ninth out of all scientific journals within the “Agriculture, Dairy and Animal Science” category, and 25th of all scientific journals within the “Food Science and Technology” category. The title […]

Local dairy class offers hands-on experience

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The students look intently as professor Mike Hutjens sifts through the corn silage cupped in his hands, pointing out crucial components of the dairy feed, such as alfalfa and cotton seed. A University of Illinois professor, Hutjens talks about the importance each ingredient plays in dairy herd nutrition during […]

Engagement: Collins/Legleiter

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Don and Sandra Collins of Sundown, Texas, announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Jessica Collins of Portales to Lonnie Legleiter of Portales, son of Mack and Marjorie Legleiter of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at 4 p.m. June 28, 2008, at Emmanual Baptist Church in Portales. The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate of […]

Dairy blaze burning near Texico

Freedom New Mexico Firefighters are monitoring a hay fire Thursday evening at the South Slope Dairy about four miles north of Texico on Curry County Road 14, according to Texico Fire Chief Lewis Cooper. Cooper said the fire, limited to baled hay, will likely continue to burn for several days. “When it’s baled up under […]

Back in business

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A Roosevelt County dairy owner has rebuilt 98 percent of his facility since it was destroyed by a tornado last March 23. The event has left Mike Mitchell, owner of Grande Vida Dairy, with a new respect for the forces of nature and a thankfulness for friends and neighbors. […]

Resurrection time follows tornado

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County dairyman Mike Mitchell looked at home and relaxed this week as he drank a cup of coffee and munched a cinnamon roll in his office at Grande Vida Dairy. Things were a lot different when I finally caught up to him in March of 2007, a day […]