PORTALES, N.M. (AP) -- Western Dairy Transport in Portales has laid off about 75 workers.

Western Dairy Transport President David Shelton says the lay offs came Wednesday because the company's contract with Dairy Farmers of America expired and wasn't renewed.

The layoffs included 30 drivers and 45 support personnel.

Shelton says employees involved in local hauling were the only ones affected. Workers involved in hauling around the nation were spared.

Shelton says Dairy Farmers of America milk transportation made up about two-thirds of the company's business in the Portales and Clovis areas.

He says the company has other local accounts and will continue to operate in Portales.

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Information from: Portales News-Tribune, http://www.portales-news.com

Copyright 2009 The AP.

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