Siblings strive to keep dream alive

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Growing up, the Idsinga siblings said they were often tagged with the name coyote pack or wolf pack because of their loyalty to each other. Now they’re applying that trait to operating a business together. The four 20-something siblings — Dougie, Dawn and Derek Idsinga and Darci Collins — […]

Odor remains hot topic

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Ongoing debate over controlling odors in Portales moved to the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents’ arena Thursday during a special meeting. The Stepping Stone Dairy south of Portales has drawn complaints from residents and has been the topic of discussion at County Commission and City Council meetings […]

Farmers fear ethanol demand could bump up corn prices

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Ethanol industry demands could cause escalating prices for dairy and livestock producers. Corn production is expected to increase, say analysts, but demand still may not be met, affecting everything from feed prices to prices at the grocery store. Corn prices are holding steady around the $4 mark, according to […]

Volunteers invade Grande Vida

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you look on the Grande Vida Dairy east of Portales. Pens that once held 2,500 head of Holstein dairy cows are empty except for the debris. The remains of the milking barn were being pulled down Saturday in the first step of […]

Disaster strikes dairy

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County’s Mike Mitchell lost a new dairy operation and about 175 cows in Friday’s tornado, but quick thinking allowed him to escape with his life. Mitchell said he arrived Friday at the Grande Vida Dairy about nine miles east of Portales a little while before the storm hit. […]

Roosevelt County dodges major storm damage

PNT Staff Report Portales and Roosevelt County mostly escaped the kind of major damage caused in Clovis by the Friday storm which produced a tornado with winds up to 125 mph, according to Roosevelt County Undersheriff Malon Parker. “The sheriff’s office spent all day (Sunday) searching for possible victims of the storm,” Parker said. “Some […]

Local dairy destroyed

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Clovis wasn’t the only community sustaining major damage from Friday’s storms. Grande Vida Dairy, located off of NM 202 in Roosevelt County, was among regional businesses hit hard, said former Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher, who flew over the area Saturday. A flurry of activity was evident at the […]

Spokeswoman: Dairies work not to waste water

Following is an interview conducted with Sandra Tapia, an industry relations representative for Dairy Max, about environmental issues in the dairy industry. Q. What are some of the methods dairy farmers use to recycle water? A. Water is recycled three times: to cool milk, wash the facilities, and to water crops. Dairies have to recycle […]

State requests help with TB problem

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici has asked Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns for help as New Mexico grapples with the containment of bovine tuberculosis cases discovered in eastern counties of the state, according to a press release from the senator’s office. Domenici, R-N.M., asked Johanns in a letter Tuesday to work with New […]

Dairy defends lagoon

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The owner of a dairy that was the source of a complaint before the Roosevelt County Commission said he is following state regulations and is doing everything possible to be a good neighbor. Kevin Breshears, owner of the Stepping Stone Dairy south of Portales, said the runoff lagoon he […]

Milk Lover’s Ball resounding success

By Michelle Heavyside: Guest Columnist The second annual Milk Lover’s Ball hosted by the United Dairy Women (UDW) on Feb. 17 was a huge success! More than 400 people attended and raised more than $10,000 to help assure the residents of three area children’s homes receive the recommended three servings of dairy products a day […]

McAlister honored at Ag Expo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Floyd McAlister was honored Wednesday for his longtime support of the agriculture industry and the community during a celebration at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. McAlister served more than 22 years as the Roosevelt County extension agent, during which time he started the Ag Expo. “Floyd has […]

Tractor promotes breast cancer awareness

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Nestled among the antique tractors on display at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo was a 1955 Farmall 400 tractor belonging to Connie Mac and Shelia Smith of Roswell. The pink — yes, pink — tractor stood out in the midst of the green, red and orange tractors […]

Drought seminar planned for Ag Expo

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Visitors attending the first day of the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo in Portales today can receive useful information on a common problem facing farmers and ranchers of the Southwest — drought. New Mexico State University extension range management specialist Chris Allison will lead the seminar “Planning For […]

Ag-citment expected

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Fairgrounds has been abuzz with activity as event organizers and volunteers prepare to welcome vendors and spectators to the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo that begins Tuesday. The New Mexico Ag Expo encompasses a variety of products and services that cater to the agriculture industry. Over […]

Seminar hosts lectures in English, Spanish

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The New Mexico Ag Expo is going bilingual. A three-hour dairy seminar presented in Spanish will focus on presenting information to dairy managers and workers as part of the first day of the 15th annual Expo Feb. 27-28 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The seminar features three presentations that […]

Couple honored with road naming

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Doug and Debbie Idsinga’s contributions to the area went well beyond the dairy community, according to Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez. Killed in an auto accident last year, the Portales dairyowners are being honored with a sign bearing their name on the road to the Southwest Cheese plant. Turning […]

Farmers support proposed initiative

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Local dairy farmers support the idea of turning manure into electricity, and now that Gov. Bill Richardson wants state incentives to encourage the idea, they say it’s more feasible than ever. “Local dairies here have been wanting to do some projects, but we need help,” said Art Schaap, a […]

Cheese plant opens

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers This behemoth on the High Plains has evolved from a patch of caramel dirt scratched amid acres of farm land to a gleaming metropolis of cheese and whey production, with 60 miles of stainless steel piping and 742 miles of electrical cable above and below ground. The Southwest Cheese plant […]

Corn harvest hits high gear

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Corn harvest is in full swing in Roosevelt County but the city-dweller’s notion of a corn harvest involving picking the ears of corn or shelling the kernels doesn’t hold true here in dairy country. According to dairy specialists most of the corn grown in eastern New Mexico is used […]