Dairies are a way of life, not just business

Sharon Lombardi: Guest columninst Apples are not oranges and Eastern New Mexico isn’t the San Joaquin Valley. It’s unfair and inaccurate to discuss issues that may appear to be similar but really are different. In response to some dairy-industry critics: Yes, there has been an influx of dairies from California to New Mexico. They came […]

Dairies receive Green Zia award

Tony Garner: Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Environment Department has honored three local dairies for progressive efforts at streamlining and managing waste. The Do-Rene Dairy and the Rajen Dairy, both of Curry County, and the Milagro Dairy of Roosevelt County received Green Zia commitment awards for their efforts. The award signifies a commitment to the […]

Some dairy owners want aid program scrapped

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some local dairy owners would rather the government do away with a program set up to help dairies. They believe it’s hurting the dairy industry and milk market and they’re actively lobbying against the program. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, indefinitely […]

Local entities prepare for opening of new dairies in area

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Bathed in sun rays almost year-round and encompassed by tall mountain peaks, the San Joaquin Valley is an agricultural bedrock. It is also awash in smog. California officials say the 2.5 million cows in the valley are a major culprit. The animals emit 24 tons of ozone-forming gas per day […]

Dairies impact area school enrollment

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Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers At least three school districts in eastern New Mexico and neighboring West Texas expect enrollment increases this fall, largely due to the growing dairy industry as well as requirements for the No Child Left Behind Act. Muleshoe, Grady and the Clovis Christian all expect slight enrollment increases, with Muleshoe installing eight […]

Local business cleaning up

By Marc Schoder What’s the best way to milk a cow? That’s up for debate, but Shannon and Kenneth Valentine of Portales have the answer for how to clean a cow. The southern Californian natives have built a business on cloth towels and support from dairies across Roosevelt and Curry counties. Their business — Udderly […]

Welding business evolves to include family hobby

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series about local business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or longer. Craig and Tina Hughes are the owners of Craig Hughes Trailer Sales Inc. located on the Cannon Air Force Base highway. They turned their hobby […]

Bradley trying to help with milk money

Walter Bradley is the former lieutenant governor of New Mexico. The Clovis native is back in town, handling government and business relations with Dairy Farmers of America, the largest dairy co-op in the United States. DFA members produce about 57 billion pounds of milk per year, which is 33 percent of the nation’s output, according […]

Researchers look into manure-based energy

Tony Parra Nothing goes to waste. Not even waste goes to waste. Not anymore, at least. Researchers at New Mexico State University are investigating a more efficient method of creating electric energy out of manure. NMSU civil engineers Z.A. Samani and Adrian Hanson have been working on enhancing the two-phase bio-fermentation process, which would be […]

U.S. dairies will be preserved

Mike Linn A Free Trade Agreement negotiated this weekend with Australia will preserve the American dairy system, local lawmakers say. Increased pressure from lawmakers in both parties and the dairy industry has prompted the U.S. Trade Ambassador to preserve most of America’s existing dairy tariff structure in the just-completed U.S.—Australia Free Trade Agreement, U.S. Rep. […]

Cheese plant may conserve water

Mike Linn Weighing water usage at a cheese plant against usage on agriculture farms is like comparing gas consumption in a Honda Civic to a fuel-guzzling sport utility vehicle. Suffice it to say a cheese plant comparatively gets good water mileage. Water experts also say water extracted from milk to make cheese can be reused […]

Dairies large, efficient water users

By Gary Mitchell Dairy operations in the region tend to use large amounts of water, but proponents say they use it efficiently — with little impact to the area’s ground-water source. “Sure they use a lot of water, but their water is never wasted,” said Stan Jones, Curry County extension agent. “The water is used […]

Cattle operations criticized over wastewater

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By Gary Mitchell Cows have long had homes in eastern New Mexico, in pastures and feedlots. So why are environmentalists concerned about dairy farms? Wastewater. “Feedlots tend not to be generating a large volume of wastewater,” said Maura Hanning, program manager for groundwater pollution prevention for the New Mexico Environment Department. “Dairies are the big […]