Cheese plant construction on schedule

By Jack King Five new raw milk silos, each 75 feet tall, have been erected at Southwest Cheeses’ site on Curry County Road 4, said Maurice Keane, the company’s president and chief executive officer. Keane said the 54-acre, $190 million project is on schedule, with plans to begin production sometime in October 2005. Four of […]

Dad: Here’s to unfinished milk, melodies

By Helena Rodriguez As a child, nothing was more comforting than hearing the thumping of Dad’s boots in the wee hours of the morning, reassuring me he was home safe from another music gig. Even as an adult, I would wait for that familiar thumping in the night when I stayed with my parents. Only […]

Melrose students earn national honor

Freedom Newspapers A group of students from Melrose finished third at the Business Professionals of America high school conference in Cincinnati in early May. The six-person team grabbed the award in a 26-team parliamentary procedure event. Each team member was asked 50 questions before the schools were assigned a problem to be solved during a […]

Company keeping cows cool

Mike Linn Cool cows produce more milk — and more calves. Dairymen seeking increased production visited a New Mexico Ag Expo vendor promoting a cooling system that protects cows from excessive heat. Michael Klaseen of the Mesa, Ariz.-based Korral Kool company said excessive heat not only thwarts milk production among cows but is also a […]

U.S. dairies will be preserved

Mike Linn A Free Trade Agreement negotiated this weekend with Australia will preserve the American dairy system, local lawmakers say. Increased pressure from lawmakers in both parties and the dairy industry has prompted the U.S. Trade Ambassador to preserve most of America’s existing dairy tariff structure in the just-completed U.S.—Australia Free Trade Agreement, U.S. Rep. […]

N.M. could become the big cheese

Jack King With construction begun on a 54-acre, $190 million cheese plant, Curry County is poised to become a power in the cheese-making world, Gov. Bill Richardson told an audience Friday at the plant’s groundbreaking. Approximately 200 people from Curry and Roosevelt counties attended the ceremony at the plant site, five miles south of Clovis, […]

Cheese plant won’t hurt milk transportation

Mike Linn Dairy operators will send class-three milk, a low grade of milk, to the Southwest Cheese plant rather than having it shipped to farther locations, which will save dairy operators money, Portales dairy operator Alva Carter Sr. said. This will allow dairymen to send their higher grades of milk out of town, Carter said. […]

School Menus

School Menu September 29 and 30th Portales Municipal Schools Breakfast Monday – Cereal, Biscuit, Juice & Milk Tuesday – Uncrustable (PB & Jelly), Juice & Milk Lunch Monday – Steak Fingers w/Gravy, Roll, Fries, Fresh Fruit & Milk Tuesday – Cheese & Meat Nachos, Pinto Beans, chilled Fruit & Milk Floyd Municipal Schools Breakfast Monday […]

Cheese firm originated in Ireland

Darrell Todd Maurina Strict milk quotas and government regulations imposed by the European Union fueled expansion into the United States, according to officials of the Irish milk processing company known as Glanbia. Glanbia, whose name means “pure food” in the traditional Irish language of Gaelic, first came to the United States in 1988 and currently […]

Cheese plant to benefit local economy

Gary Mitchell The new $200 million cheese plant will have a greater impact on the area economy than many people realize, local officials said. “The cheese plant will create 2,000 jobs in the area in spinoff industries, according to the Dairy Farmers of America,” said Gene Hendrick, a consultant for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of […]