Second US Port to Control Mexican Cattle

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed new rules yesterday to protect provide extra control for the influx of Mexican cattle. One proposal included an additional port in San Luis, Arizona.
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To protect American livestock, cattle from Mexico must be inspected individually at APHIS-approved facilities on the Mexican side of the border and be certified free of ticks. If ticks are found, the cattle must be dipped in a solution to kill the parasites. The cattle then are held in quarantine for 10 to 14 days before being re-inspected. If additional ticks are found, the animals must be dipped and quarantined again.

Under current APHIS regulations, tick-infested and exposed cattle from Mexico may only enter the United States through a single port in New Mexico (Santa Teresa) and six ports in Texas (Brownsville, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Hidalgo, Laredo and Presidio). APHIS proposes to open the port in San Luis, Ariz. as the western-most point capable of accepting these animals from Mexico.

An estimated 68,000 cattle currently enter the United States through the New Mexico port and an estimated 500,000 cattle currently enter through the Texas ports. An additional 25,000 to 50,000 cattle would be expected to enter through the port in Arizona.

Cattle fever caused from ticks was eradicated from the United States in 1961, with the exception of a permanent quarantine zone along the Texas/Mexico border.

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