Dairy owners say drought shriveling profits

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Cass Anderson feeds cattle on his family’s dairy near Portales Thursday afternoon. Due to droughts around the West, prices for hay are up while quality and quantity are down, putting stress on dairy finances. Argen Duncan While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is […]

Dairy owners say high feed costs bringing down profit margins

Argen Duncan After a few months of good milk prices, dairy farmers say they are again seeing their profit margins drop, but forecasts indicate rising milk prices later in 2011. In 2009, milk prices were low and feed costs high, meaning dairies lost money. Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson said dairies came back a […]

Dairies work to keep milk antibiotic-free

Argen Duncan While people may worry about overexposure to antibiotics, local dairy industry representatives say a system of safety checks keep those substances out of milk produced in the area. “Most antibiotics in the dairy industry are used in a very cautious manner, and there are several reasons for that caution,” said dairy owner Alva […]

Portales man upset over dumped carcasses

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Tim Mitchell of Roosevelt County buries a dead calf he found along his property. He said an average of three or four calf carcasses a week are dumped in the area. Jared Tucker A Portales man is outraged because he said someone keeps dumping trash, furniture and dead calves near […]

Dairy farmers say proposed regulations could put them out of business

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File photo Agendas for the Portales City Council and the Roosevelt and Curry County commissions include a resolution opposing proposed regulations for maintaining groundwater quality under dairies. A trio of governmental bodies meeting today are set to consider opposing proposed state regulations that some dairy farmers say will drive them out of business. But state […]

N.M. dairies to share nearly $3 million

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Farm Service Agency says it will issue nearly $3 million in payments to dairy farmers in New Mexico. The payments will be made through the Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Program. Eligible producers will receive a one-time direct payment based on the amount of milk both produced and commercially marketed […]

Dairy attrition continues

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Ten dairies in Roosevelt and Curry counties have gone out of business since wholesale milk prices began dropping more than a year ago, a Dairy Farmers of America spokesman confirms. Walter Bradley, government and business affairs director for the DFA in Clovis, said five of the dairies were participants […]

Livestock sale helps offset cost of raising animals

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Madison Belcher, 9, of Portales shows her Reserve Champion rabbits during the Junior Livestock Sale at the Roosevelt County Fair on Friday. Her rabbits sold for $3,500. By Clarance Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local buyers had a chance to pick up extra heifers for their dairies or a hog for […]

Point of contention

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. pulls the cap off a groundwater quality monitoring well beside the wastewater lagoon at his family’s dairy south of Portales. 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 […]

Manure can be real money-saver

By Robert Hagevoort: Ag Sense Dairies nowadays are in the process of producing M & M & M. Milk and milk and milk you might say, or as we say, “Have you had your three-a-day yet?” Milk product servings that is. Well that’s one way of looking at it, however I am referring to three […]