Alltech coming to area

Alltech, an international biotechnology company that manufactures organic animal food supplements, will set up a new base east of Clovis.

The company bought a 240-acre site that used to house an ethanol plant north of U.S. 60-70-84. Plans include a sales office, warehouse and production facility.

“It’s the center of the dairy industry for the southwest region of the United States,” said Aaron DeHaan, the company’s New Mexico territory sales manager. “The dairy industry is our biggest customer.”

There are about 130,000 dairy cows in Curry and Roosevelt counties and roughly another 150,000 cows in the Texas Panhandle.

Alltech’s public relations manager Bill Frey said the facility would employ 10 to 15 people.

The company will manufacture its Yea-Sacc Farm Pak at the new facility. Farm Pak is a live yeast product that grows in a cow’s stomach, allowing it to eat more and produce more milk, Frey said.

Frey said Alltech sells its product throughout New Mexico.

“We see Clovis as a hub for distribution and as an area where we could do some research,” Alltech president Pearse Lyons said.

The design phase should be completed this summer and construction on the facility will begin in the fall.

Alltech has facilities in 85 countries.