ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - One of the last dairies delivering milk in Albuquerque is calling it quits.
Mickey’s Dairy has just put its farm on the market, saying New Mexico's drought and economy are two big problems they just can't overcome.
While its business owners have 41 years of history in the Albuquerque area, they say their drive-in and door-side milk delivery service will soon be gone.
“Right now I am totally broke,” said Danny McMahon, co-owner of Mickey’s Dairy.
Judy McMahon, who also co-owns Mickey’s Dairy, said they've laid off so many employees, they're "down to the bare bones."
The South Valley dairy farm off Coors Boulevard says the past five years of business has been bad for a few reasons, including the weather. The farm used to have about 300 head of cattle. Now, there are only about 50 head. The farm says many have been sold to slaughter because they're too expensive to maintain.
“It's more the cost of the feed. That’s the number one problems right now,” said Judy McMahon.
Danny McMahon added, “With drought after drought after drought, borrowed money to stay in business and it's just no longer feasible.”
The McMahon’s say hay and corn have tripled in price. Meanwhile, they say they can't even buy cotton feed anymore because those prices have quintupled.
To make up for the cost of feed and care, the dairy has higher milk prices than the big supermarkets. However, government regulation prevents them from charging too much.
For many customers, Mickey’s pending closure is not something they want hear. Oliver Palmer is one of those customers who drives in from Belen to pick up the milk.
“You know, it's more fresh and it’s just unreal,” said Palmer. “It’s sad. We've enjoyed having them.”
The owners say they tried to hold on for the sake of their customers, but just can’t do it anymore.
“I don't know what I'm going to do ... if I do get lucky enough to sell to pay my bills, then I really don't know what I'm going to do,” said Danny. “It's just a sad day for me.”
The McMahon’s say they’re not sure how much longer they’ll be able to stay in business, but hope to sell the property within the next year.
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