Dairymen find use for Butterball farm land

first_imgThe Leprino plant, which began operations ahead of schedule in October, will be running at full capacity in a couple of years, at which time it will take in about 7 million pounds of milk per day — its current intake is about 1.5 million pounds per day — and it eventually will need about 60,000 additional dairy cows in the region to support those operations.So far, the expansion efforts of existing dairies, along with out-of-state operations that have bought land in northeastern Colorado or are looking to do so, has led experts to believe the region’s dairy industry is on pace to meet Leprino’s needs. Some estimate that by fall, 10,000 to 12,000 cows will be added to the region — not just in Weld County.The Butterball turkey farms have been out of production for more than three years — dating back to 2008, when Butterball announced layoffs that affected nearly 500 people. This past fall, officials with the company announced they would close the plant.Ag Professionals LLC was hired by Butterball to liquidate its assets, including turkey farms scattered from the Firestone/Frederick area in western Weld County to the east near Hudson and up north to Kersey.Tom Haren, owner of Ag Professionals LLC, said about one-third of the former production sites have been sold to a half-dozen local dairy operators seeking to expand their herds. Out of confidentiality, Haren did not provide the names of the dairymen who bought the turkey farms. PDadvertisement—From Greeley Tribune Dairymen are buying much of the 5,000 acres in Weld County, Colorado, once occupied by Butterball’s turkey farms.Those producers are expanding their efforts to meet the expected milk demand that comes with the new Leprino Foods cheese plant in Greeley. New dairies are expected to arrive and existing local dairies are expected to expand.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Armour: Five weeks, 21,595 miles and a lifetime of memories from the 2014 World Cup

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Obrigado and tchau, Brazil, you have been quite the trip.And I’m not talking about the 21,595 miles I flew during the World Cup.I came to Brazil prepared for five weeks of headaches: stadiums that weren’t finished; flights that got canceled or were late; and Brazilians resentful of the World Cup and all the money and resources required to put it on. Instead, it’s been five wonderful weeks of thrilling games, adventures involving animals, transportation and running and, most of all, a people who couldn’t have been warmer or more welcoming.I game-hopped at this World Cup, which was the best possible assignment. I got chills listening to 60,000 Brazilians sing their national anthem with one voice before the opener (and again every other time they did it), and again when I saw so many U.S. fans packing the stadium in Natal it could have been an NFL game.Fireworks over the Maracana in Rio after the World Cup final. (Getty Images)Fireworks over the Maracana in Rio after the World Cup final. (Getty Images)I watched defending champion Spain grow old before my eyes against the Netherlands, and got an inkling that Brazil’s World Cup hopes would stop short of the Maracana when Guillermo Ochoa stopped the Selecao cold. I delighted in seeing Colombia’s dance parties, and held my breath when it took a penalty shootout to decide Brazil-Chile.And Netherlands-Costa Rica. And Netherlands-Argentina. (Thank you, Mario Götze, for not making me — and everybody else — go through that again for the final.)I saw a total of 20 games, nearly a third of the tournament. But pulling that off meant a lot of time in airports and airplanes. Exactly how much is a lot? When I boarded a flight one morning, the flight crew and I recognized each other.It was a grind, and my rollie suitcase and I are going to need some time apart after this trip. But going to all of these different games meant I got to see and do things I never would have otherwise, and those are memories I will carry with me the rest of my life.On my first trip to Manaus, a friend and I stumbled onto a road race and jumped in to run the last 1.5 miles. When else am I going to run in the Amazon? On my next trip, I saw monkeys and got to hold a sloth. (One of my nephews was very jealous.).USA TODAY Sports' Nancy Armour holds a sloth in the Amazon.USA TODAY Sports’ Nancy Armour holds a sloth in the Amazon.I walked along streets in Salvador where the cobbles were the same ones laid by slaves hundreds of years ago. I stumbled onto the fish market in Fortaleza, and strolled through a market in Belo Horizonte where you can buy everything from fresh produce to parrots.As I ran along Rio’s Flamengo Beach, I happened to look up just as the heavy grey clouds parted, giving me my first glimpse of Christ the Redeemer.What I’ll remember most, however, is the people of Brazil and the immense pride they have in their country. Everywhere I went, people were thrilled to show off Brazil and eager to make sure I was having fun and had everything I needed — sometimes in hilarious ways.When a street vendor noticed my panic because the roads to the stadium in Fortaleza were closed and kickoff was less than two hours away, he told me he could get me a ride to the stadium. Imagine my shock when one of his buddies pulled up on a motorbike.When I couldn’t find a taxi late one night in Salvador, one of the media shuttle volunteers grabbed my suitcase, put it in his car and drove me to my hotel himself. And when I stopped at a somewhat sketchy looking convenience store after another late night (of work), one of the guys out front insisted on watching me walk the block or so back to my hotel. Only when I reached the door and waved goodbye did he turn his back.It was not a perfect trip by any means.The poverty of the favelas is shocking, and it’s appalling that anyone lives this way in 2014, let alone thousands of people in every city. Judging by the neighborhood, I’m pretty sure the hotel where I stayed the last few days in Rio is rented by the hour. And my iPhone was snatched out of my hand on my way to the Maracana for Sunday’s final.But none of that can spoil the unforgettable experience of these last five weeks. I already can’t wait to come back.Video: Trip to Manaus via Negro and Amazon rivers Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWNlast_img read more