Dairy owners say milk price drop temporary setback

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Wholesale milk prices for dairy owners in the area have decreased after a rise several months ago. Local dairy owners say it’s only a short setback and predict prices will start climbing again later this year. Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy in Roosevelt County said globally, prices for cheese […]

Trucking companies adding about 100 jobs in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Western Dairy Transport LLC Chief Executive Officer David Shelton stands with his trucks at its new Portales location. With Greatwide Logistics Inc. trucking company also expanding in Portales, around 100 net new jobs are expected. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Two trucking companies are bringing around 100 jobs to […]

Man tased; arrested for shoving officer

CNJ staff A 29-year-old Clovis man was shot with a Taser and arrested for assaulting an officer trying to diffuse a fight Saturday outside the Milk Lover’s Ball. Derrell Hanson was released Sunday on $5,000 bond. He is charged with felony battery on a peace officer. According to police, while taking an unrelated auto burglary […]

Milk Lover’s Ball sold out for fifth year

CNJ staff Sold out for the fifth year in a row, the Milk Lover’s Ball will take place Saturday night in Clovis. Michelle Heavyside, President of the United Dairy Women, said the ball is a fundraiser to help three local children’s homes. More than 500 tickets have been sold, she said. In it’s fifth year, […]

Milk prices make slow climb

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Alan Anderson, owner of Anderson Dairy near Portales, said rising milk prices are helping dairies, but it will take some time to financially recover from about a year of prices that didn’t pay for production costs. By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Milk prices are rebounding but dairy owners expect […]

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 […]

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 […]

Southwest Cheese plant expanding

A $90 million expansion at Southwest Cheese will increase its milk processing capacity by a third and bring approximately 50 full-time jobs to the area. Production at the Clovis plant is expected to increase from 7 million pounds of milk processed a day to 10.5 million pounds and a daily production capacity of 1.1 million […]

Milk prices hitting dairy farmers hard

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Andres Chavez of Clovis attaches a milking machine to dairy cows Friday at SAS dairy. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico With unprocessed milk prices at the lowest many dairy farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties have ever seen, they are borrowing against the equity in their operations or going […]

Tough times for dairy farmers

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan Pimpi Trillo (left) and Isabel Vicuna work in the milking parlor at Anderson Dairy near Portales. Due to the current global economic troubles, dairies are struggling with low milk prices. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Area dairy farmers, like their counterparts around the nation, are struggling financially due to the […]