Women play significant role in agriculture

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Argen Duncan Michelle Heavyside of Greenfield Park Dairy watches a cow and newborn calf on the dairy. While Heavyside doesn’t work with the cows, she is active in dairy-related organizations, supports her husband in his dairy work and keeps up with industry issu By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The classic […]

Day full of dairy

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Angelica Martinez, 6, tries to rope a plastic calf Saturday at a calf-roping booth at the second annual DairyFest held by the United Dairy Women at the Clovis Civic Center. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Angelica Martinez aimed her lasso carefully before throwing it this time. The 6-year-old’s family […]

Portales couple die in wreck

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A group of friends gathered Monday evening to mourn the loss of a prominent Portales couple who died Monday in a car accident in West Texas, according to Texas officials. Douglas and Deborah Idsinga, both 49, were traveling eastbound on U.S. 84, west of Sudan, Texas, when they lost […]

Dairy Fest big hit in first year

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Even thunder and lightning couldn’t stop Saturday’s Dairy Fest, which attracted more than 5,000 people, according to event organizers. “It’s great! We really did it,” said Michelle Heavyside, the director of the United Dairy Women. Dairy Fest included a wide array of free games, booths, food and music, all in […]

United Dairy Women charity-driven

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Founded as a charity that aids charities, the United Dairy Women of the Portales and Clovis area has been an avid promoter of the dairy industry in supporting children and nutrition. The group is involved in educational programs, public relations and supporting local charities such as the food bank, children’s […]