Putting on a show

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo J.W. Baldock, front, helps his son Garrett tie up his show heifer in the dairy barn Wednesday at the Curry County Fair. Garrett won the showmanship award during the dairy heifer show Wednesday morning. Raising a dairy heifer is fun, hard work. That’s what some youths at the Curry County […]

U.S. agriculture secretary backs dairy relief proposal

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File photo By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has committed to temporarily raise the price the federal Department of Agriculture will pay for dairy products, providing the director of the U.S. Office of Management and the Budget approves the move. In a meeting with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and […]

Udall supports N.M. dairy farmers in meeting with agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON —U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today met with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to discuss efforts to address the national dairy crisis. The meeting was held in response to a letter sent by Udall and other senators on July 15th, calling for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase dairy price supports by […]

Ag Sense: Carbon footprints: Fact vs. fiction

Robert Hagevoort: Ag Sense columnist Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation regulating greenhouse gases and is exploring the possibilities of a national cap and trade program, it is time to have a look at what factual information is available for the dairy industry in New Mexico and the Southwest. Several studies […]

Milk prices concern dairy farmers

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File photo Dairymen are getting $10 or a little less per 100-pounds of milk. Producing it costs $15 to $18, according to New Mexico State University Extension Dairy Specialist Robert Hagevoort. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Six months after the drop in milk prices, Roosevelt and Curry county dairy owners are still trying to […]

Dairy Fest draws more than 9,000

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Michael Stillion of Roswell takes his education about manure a little too seriously at the “Smells like poo … it grew” booth at Saturday’s Dairy Fest. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When most Dairy Fest fans walked up on Ryan White’s tent Saturday, they either laughed or stopped for […]

Dairy Fest to feature No.-1 hit country singer

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File photo The fourth annual Dairy Fest, complete with a Sammy Kershaw country concert, starts 5 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Special Events Center. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico 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, […]

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 […]

State settles case with local dairyman

Freedom New Mexico 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. […]

Environment department reaches settlement with High Lonesome Dairy near Hobbs for groundwater violations

(Santa Fe, NM) – The New Mexico Environment Department reached a settlement with High Lonesome Dairy near Hobbs for groundwater discharge permit violations. The settlement resolves a compliance order the department issued on Nov. 3 to the owner of the dairy, Eddie Schaap. That order alleged that Schaap failed to install a monitoring well that […]