Automated milking business opening in Portales

Freedom New Mexico

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 Corp.

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 maintenance.

“We’ve had our eyes on Portales for a while now,” company President Jerry Higley said. “We decided that now is the time to get established here, while dairy producers are looking for extra efficiency and savings.”

ADS of Portales will service eastern New Mexico and west Texas, which has grown in recent years to become one of the largest milk and dairy product producers in the U.S.

ADS is the third dairy-related industry to expand in Portales in a year, despite a downturn in wholesale milk prices for farmers.

Roosevelt County is home to 40 large dairies and nation’s largest powered milk plant, DairiConcepts, which exports worldwide.

Southwest Cheese will soon be the world’s largest cheddar cheese plant, according to a press release from the development corporation.

“Dairy production will continue to expand in our region as milk prices recover,” RCCDC Director Greg Fisher said. “We just have to get through this tough time.”