1/24 Business digest

Meatpacking plant plans still pending A Wisconsin-based meatpacker has still not announced plans for building a plant that would employ up to 2,500 people. Smithfield Beef Group sent representatives to Clovis in October to visit with local officials. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Smithfield Beef is the nation’s fifth-largest beef processor, according to the company […]

Symposium, seminar learning experiences for farmers, ranchers

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More than 150 people from New Mexico and Texas packed the Tucumcari Convention Center Wednesday and Thursday for the two-day Southwest Beef Symposium. (Freedom Newspapers: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Longtime Tucumcari veterinarian James Tompkins nodded when the Southwest Beef Symposium speaker talked about BVD, or Bovine Viral Diarrhea — not […]

Meatpacking officials visit Clovis

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Mum is the word from Clovis officials on the possibility a Wisconsin-based meatpacker is considering a plant in eastern New Mexico. The Clovis area is one of two sites being considered for a plant that could employ up to 2,500 people, according to published reports by newspapers in Kansas […]

Private industry shouldn’t pay for government ads

Freedom Newspapers In a decision that seemed to twist logic unmercifully to arrive at a prescribed conclusion, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declared those ads promoting “Beef: It’s what’s for dinner” are not the work of an industry council promoting their product, but are in fact “government speech.” Therefore it’s acceptable to use the […]

3/8 Business Digest

ENMR meeting coming up The 56th Annual ENMR Plateau membership meeting will occur April 16 in the auditorium at Marshall Junior High. The meeting will include reports from the cooperative’s board president, chief executive officer and committees. Four positions on the board of directors will be filled and the 2005 ENMR Plateau education foundation scholarship […]

Rancher backs beef ban

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Correspondent Mary Nordtome said she can look out her kitchen window and see for miles. She and her husband single handily operate a 22,000-acre ranch in Fort Sumner and have been in the ranching industry for more than 50 years. When she talks about the industry she has built her life […]

Government ads infringe on first amendment

Freedom Newspapers Beef might be what’s for dinner, but who should pay for making that suggestion to American consumers? That’s the question at the heart of arguments heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. The case involves what’s called the beef checkoff program, in which cattle ranchers pay the federal government $1 per head […]

Honors 3/7

Cattlemen’s Beef Board Pat Woods, a stocker from Broadview, will serve on the executive committee of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) in 2004. He was elected to the position at the 2004 Cattle Industry Annual Conventional and Trade Show. Modern Woodmen of America Brad L. Bryant of San Jon, a representative of Modern Woodmen of […]

Mad cow disease fears lead to layoffs at beef plant

By Darrell Todd Maurina Company officials announced Friday that the Excel beef processing plants in Friona and Plainview will lay off about 100 to 150 people at each plant. The layoffs are due to bovine spongiform encephalitis, also known as “mad cow disease,” according to Bill Rupp, executive vice president of Excel. “A number of […]

Area ranchers lose money to mad cow scare

Mike Linn A few days can cost a cattle rancher hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue — especially when one of those days beef from a Canadian Holstein is found infected with mad cow disease. Since news broke of the infected Holstein in Washington, cattle prices for fat cattle have dropped about 20 percent, […]

Producers: Dairy food still safe

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local dairymen and beef producers said the discovery of mad cow disease in a Canadian-born dairy cow raised in Washington state shouldn’t cause Americans to shun beef or dairy products. Wayne Palla, chairman of the Southwest Council of Dairy Farmers of America, cited a DFA national press release on dairy safety […]

Partnership ‘beefs up’ business

By Jack King When Margaret George and her husband Jacob began preparing natural beef for themselves and a few friends four years ago, they had no idea it would turn into a business with outlets around eastern New Mexico. Today the Georges sell beef from their ranch near Trujillo, under the label “Living Waters Ranch,” […]

Youngsters ready animals for Curry County Fair

By Gary Mitchell Mike Burns says the two steers his son plans to show at this year’s Curry County Fair eat better than he does. Kevin Burns, a17-year-old Texico High School senior, regulates their diet to add bulk without getting them overweight, keeps a “cooler house” for them to rest during the heat of the […]