Luis Bettencourt has sold his dairy that drew negative attention after a video showing alleged animal abuse by three now-previous workers was released in October 2012 by Mercy for Animals.
Bettencourt Dairies CFO Rick Onaindia verified the Dry Creek Dairy has been sold but declined to comment further.
L&S Land Holdings, owned by Luis and Sharon Bettencourt of Wendell, Idaho, sold its Dry Creek Dairy located in Twin Falls and Cassia counties to ISE 555 Broadway LLC, a New York company with a Galena, Md., mailing address, according to a special warranty deed obtained from Twin Falls County.
The deed was dated April 22.
A lease agreement with an option to purchase was also filed with the county, with ISE 555 Broadway leasing the operation to Idaho Agri Investments LLC of Chestertown, Md. The lease was signed April 18 by landlord manager Gregg Clanton and tenant manager Wayne Cummings.
A Grade A Raw Milk Permit was issued to Dry Creek Dairies LLC and John W. Glessner by the Idaho Department of Agriculture on April 21.
Bettencourt owns five other dairies, three in Wendell and two in Jerome, according to the business’ website.