Clovis farmers opening yogurt facility

CNJ staff Clovis dairy farmers Andle and Sjierkje van der Ploeg and family will soon open a yogurt manufacturing facility at Mid Frisian Dairy in Clovis, according to a press release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The van der Ploegs will make “Freanna Original Yoghurt” using a family recipe and milk fresh from their […]

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Clovis dairy evaluated A Clovis dairy business has received Expert in Animal Health and Verified Premium Plus designations from the Iowa-based Dairy Quality Center. Dutch Valley Farms received an on-site review from a licensed veterinarian for the DQC. The biosecurity evaluation looks at vaccination schedules, bulk tank milk tests, employee training and milk quality scores. […]

Area groups involved in effort to address bovine disease

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Dairy cows eat at Alva Carter Jr.’s dairy near Muleshoe, Texas. Researchers around the country are working to find a way to lessen the impact of bovine respiratory disease, which affects dairy and beef operations. Argen Duncan The Portales and Clovis area is part of a nationwide research effort to […]

Dairy regulation agreement reached

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Tony Salinas cleans up after working with cows Saturday at Sloping Hills Dairy just inside Texas. Dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. of Portales has said amendments to state dairy environmental regulations, while not perfect, have opened New Mexico back up to dairy business. Argen Duncan After six months of negotiations, […]

Business digest — July 12

New operations manager at Western Dairy Transport Marty Lewis is the new operations manager in New Mexico for Western Dairy Transport LLC, according to a news release from WDT. Lewis, who has worked for the company for 17 years, came from the position of assistant terminal manager after holding several other supervisory roles with WDT. […]

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 […]

Dairyfest draws crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Heather Steinle preps ice cream cups for the root beer float stand during Dairyfest Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The event featured free dairy products and demonstrations from the industry. Liliana Castillo United Dairy Women’s Dairyfest attracted thousands of people Saturday after taking a year off in 2010. Michelle […]

Ticket feature: DairyFest to offer entertainment, education

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File photo DairyFest will take place from 4-9 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Organizers said it is a family oriented event that gives an inside look at the dairy industry. Freedom New Mexico DairyFest will offer five hours of fun, entertainment, education and live music at the Curry County Events Center on […]

DairyFest set for Saturday

CNJ staff United Dairy Women will host DairyFest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. The event provides free dairy products, games, a tour of the dairy industry and musical performances from the Fun Brothers Band, Colby Carter and Mark Chesnutt. Tickets are $1 at the door. They are also available in […]

Dairy fire caused minor damage

CNJ staff A fire started by a tractor at a dairy Wednesday morning southeast of Clovis caused minor damage, fire officials said. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said the fire began around 8:30 a.m. at the Heritage Dairy on Curry Road F, south of U.S. 60/84 and quickly spread to hay and tire piles. Firefighters […]