Ag and dairy funding approved by committee

Dairy Fest offers food, entertainment and education

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CNJ file photo The third annual Dairy Fest will be held this Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico For anyone who has ever wondered about life on a dairy, one local summer event has the answers. This year’s third annual Dairy Fest will […]

Restless Heart featured performer at Dairy Fest

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Courtesy photo Restless Heart will be performing Saturday night during Dairy Fest at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Restless Heart is scheduled to perform Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the third annual Dairy Fest, with a guest performance by local fiddle player Coby Carter. Fiddle player Coby Carter, […]

Domenici diappointed with new farm bill for its approach to N.M. Dairy and agriculture interests

WASHINGTON – With Congress overturning a presidential veto, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici today said he is disappointed that a new Farm Bill will become law with provisions that work against New Mexico’s dairy and agriculture interests. The Senate voted 80-14 to override President Bush’s veto of the Farm Bill (HR.2419, the Food, Conservation and Energy […]

Students receive in-depth dairy lessons

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kimmi Devaney, a student from Washington State University, observes a herd of dairy cows feeding at Southern Draw Dairy north of Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The students look intently as professor Mike Hutjens sifts through the corn silage cupped in his hands, pointing out crucial components of […]

Ag Sense: Dairy farmers dedicated to land

While there has been much to do in the news in regards to dairying, it is important to understand that dairy farmers in New Mexico are strictly regulated and required to comply with a long list of environmental regulations before they are even allowed to produce milk. It is also important to understand that these […]

Firefighters monitoring blaze at Curry County dairy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis firefighters Nate Joy, left, and Jim Austin attempt to contain a fire Thursday at the South Pole Dairy north of Texico. The fire started in a hay barn and the wind spread the fire to a silage pit, according to Capt. Reed Wheeler of the Texico Fire CNJ staff […]

Dairy hit hard by storm

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Mike Mitchell stands outside the rebuilt milk barn at Grande Vida Dairy on Saturday. After the 2007 tornado the block wall of the building was a pile of rubble. Mitchell rode out the storm just inside the door in the middle of the building. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico […]

The winner is … Roosevelt

Curry, Roosevelt, Bailey and Parmer counties combined are home to 80 dairies, according to the Southwest Plains Dairy Directory.

Feb. 19, 2008 Business Digest

Dairy Women raise $20,000 The United Dairy Women raised more than $20,000 at the third annual Milk Lover’s Ball on Feb. 2, according to a news release. The money will be used to help provide residents of three area children’s homes with three servings of dairy products every day for the next year, the news […]

Good nutrient balance quite valuable

By Victor Cabrera: Ag Sense A mass nutrient balance plan could be more effective than monitoring wells in dairy farms. All New Mexico dairies are required to have a permit from New Mexico Environment Department, which among other things, requires dairy farms to install wells to monitor groundwater nutrient quality. These monitoring wells are unpopular […]

Feb. 3 – Woman of the year

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Faye Johnson tearfully accepted her nomination as the United Dairy Women’s Women of the Year at the Milk Lover’s Ball Saturday night. Johnson exceeded expectations working with United Dairy Women in 2007 to promote the group to the public, dairy producers and the industry as a whole, secretary Fathom McKeown […]

Forcing farmers to promote dairy goes too far

By Freedom New Mexico As congressional fights go, this one isn’t on the scale of the annual budget battle that rages for months. But it is important because it shows how far Congress and the rest of the federal government have strayed from the government described in the Constitution. There’s a tug-of-war going on primarily […]

12-11-07 Business digest

Area rancher honored at Albuquerque gathering Curry County farmer and rancher Pat Woods was honored at the 90th annual meeting of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau last month in Albuquerque. Woods served for a decade as president of the Curry County Farm and Livestock Bureau and continues to serve on the organization’s board […]

Business Digest: Plateau ribbon cutting scheduled

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A ribbon cutting is scheduled 10 a.m. today for the Plateau Superstore, located on 2701 N. Prince St. The location is the second in Clovis for Plateau, which also operates a store on the corner of Sixth and Main streets. The 30,000-square-foot building is adjacent to North Plains Mall. […]

Curry County cattle to be slaughtered

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The state will have about 12,000 dairy cattle in a Curry County herd slaughtered after 150 to 200 head were confirmed earlier this year with bovine tuberculosis. The infected cattle were killed earlier this year. The rest of the herd was free of the disease, but will be shipped to […]

Free dairy software available

By Victor Cabrera: Ag Sense Dairy producers, farmers, consultants and government personnel now have access to some new computer applications that could help them in their daily work and assessments. All the applications (Alfalfa Yield Predictor, Grazing-N, NM-Manure and DyNoFlo) at the New Mexico Dairy Extension Program are Excel spreadsheet files containing macros. These applications […]

Hay fire erupts at Roosevelt County dairy

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Freedom New Mexico Staff Firefighters from multiple area departments were on the scene Friday night fighting a hay fire at Grande Vida Dairy, approximately nine miles east of Portales. As darkness fell flames could be seen by motorists traveling U.S. 70 between Portales and Clovis. According to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill his […]

Biotech coming to Clovis

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

Fair exhibitors learn to let go

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Exhibitors Micha Mayfield, 17, left, of Texico, Meredith Sanders, 16, middle, of Melrose and Wyatt Payne, 14, of Melrose show their pigs during Tuesday’s junior market swine show at the Curry County Fair. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Melrose High senior Kimberly Lyons showed five pigs during Tuesday’s junior […]