Clovis farmers opening yogurt facility

CNJ staff Clovis dairy farmers Andle and Sjierkje van der Ploeg and family will soon open a yogurt manufacturing facility at Mid Frisian Dairy in Clovis, according to a press release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The van der Ploegs will make “Freanna Original Yoghurt” using a family recipe and milk fresh from their […]

Area part of bovine disease research

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Argen Duncan The Portales and Clovis area is part of a nationwide research effort to address a bovine disease that can have significant impact on dairy and beef operations. New Mexico State University and its Clovis-based Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium are involved in a $9.75 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to […]

Dairy regulation agreement reached

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Argen Duncan After six months of negotiations, the state Environment Department, dairy industry and environmental groups have reached an agreement on dairy environmental regulations. The state Water Quality Control Commission adopted environmental rules aimed at preventing groundwater contamination in December 2010, but the Dairy Industry Group for a Clean Environment appealed them. Now the amended […]

New manager for Wester Dairy Transport

Marty Lewis is the new operations manager in New Mexico for Western Dairy Transport LLC, according to a news release from WDT. Lewis, who has worked for the company for 17 years, came from the position of assistant terminal manager after holding several other supervisory roles with WDT. Lewis replaces Kelly Sanders, who left to […]

Heat driving up feed prices for dairies

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While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is sending forage prices skyrocketing, cutting profits, local members of the dairy industry have said. Dairies deal with heat stress in cattle every summer, said Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy near Portales. “The problem is the hay shortage,” Anderson said. Because […]

Dairyfest draws crowd

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Liliana Castillo United Dairy Women’s Dairyfest attracted thousands of people Saturday after taking a year off in 2010. Michelle Heavyside, founder and director of United Dairy Women, said the group wasn’t able to book a date for the event last year at the Curry County Events Center. “Right now, we need to book a date […]

Ticket feature: DairyFest to offer entertainment, education

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Freedom New Mexico DairyFest will offer five hours of fun, entertainment, education and live music at the Curry County Events Center on Saturday. United Dairy Women will host DairyFest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Curry County Events Center. The event provides free dairy products, games, a tour of the dairy industry and musical performances from […]

DairyFest set for Saturday

United Dairy Women will host DairyFest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. The event provides free dairy products, games, a tour of the dairy industry and musical performances from the Fun Brothers Band, Colby Carter and Mark Chesnutt. Tickets are $1 at the door. They are also available in advance at […]

Clovis dairyman joins group to lobby in D.C.

Freedom New Mexico Clovis dairy farmer Wayne Palla traveled to Capitol Hill recently with other Dairy Farmers of America Inc. board members and young cooperators to discuss issues affecting the dairy industry, according to a DFA news release. DFA members and staff met in Washington, D.C., for the cooperative’s annual D.C. Board Meeting and Hill […]

Clovis farmer re-elected to dairy board

Freedom New Mexico Dairy Farmers of America Inc.’s Board of Directors has re-elected Wayne Palla, a Clovis dairy farmer, as first vice chairman of the board, according to a news release from DFA. Palla is a member of DFA’s Executive Committee and chairman of the Southwest Area Council, as well as being involved in other […]