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 […]