Wednesday morning briefing: St. Pat’s wishes, life at Eastern and milk does NM good

Good morning and Happy St. Patrick’s Day. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Blessings of the green type It’s a special day so let’s start it off with an old Irish blessing: “May the best day of your past, be the worst day of your future.” Life at Eastern Clayton Carrell, a freshman from Abilene, [...]

Milk prices fall

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer 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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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer Two trucking companies are bringing around 100 jobs to eastern New Mexico, a local economic development official said Friday. Greatwide Logistics Inc. is beginning to operate in Portales after winning a countywide milk-hauling contract with Dairy Farmers of America, according to a news release from Roosevelt County Community [...]

Annual charity ball set for Saturday

Freedom New Mexico 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 its fifth [...]

Milk prices make slow climb

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Milk prices are rebounding but dairy owners expect it will take years for them to recover from almost a year of prices so low that they couldn’t break even. Last month, Roosevelt County dairy owner Alan Anderson said, net prices were a little more than $12 per 100 pounds [...]

Dairy attrition continues

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer 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 [...]

Economic downturn affecting local dairies

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Six months after the drop in milk prices, Roosevelt and Curry county dairy owners are still trying to wait out the slump. In January, milk prices dropped to half of the prediction from six months before. On top of that, many dairymen are locked into high-priced feed contracts. “I [...]

Summer menu

Monday: Milk, Orange, Chicken Patty, Shredded Lettuce, Hamburger Bun, Mayo Packet Tuesday: Milk, Nectarine, Tortilla Ham Wrap, heddar Cheese, Lettuce, Mayo Packet Wednesday: Milk, Red Chile Beef Burrito, Salsa Packet, Cherry Tomatoes, Apple Thursday: Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Shredded Lettuce, Mayo Packet, Apricot, Chips and Milk Friday:

Southwest Cheese expanding

Freedom New Mexico A $90 million expansion at Southwest Cheese will increase its milk processing capacity by one-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 [...]

Milk prices hitting dairy farmers hard

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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 out of business. Milk prices are half of what they were a year ago. “Everybody’s losing their tail,” said Michelle [...]