I had heard that there were changes in inspections of cattle because of some of the violence. Today I was brushing my dogs’ fur and noticed a dreaded tick – aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhrrrrrrrrrrggggggggg… I am a Bug Busters regular but considering there has been no rain in weeks, I didn’t expect ticks to reappear so quickly. I left my message for the exterminator but they are out on holiday so I searched the internet for other solutions. I ran across the New York Times article dealing with fever ticks on cattle coming in to the US.
An unexpected casualty of the drug-cartel-fueled lawlessness in Mexico: the cattle industry.
Federal inspectors checked Mexican cattle for fever ticks before admitting them into the country. A single tick recently caused an entire herd of 109 cattle to be returned to Mexico.
At a temporary inspection site in the industrial sector of Laredo, home to the country’s largest inland port, the lowing of cows has been heard not far from the purring of the tractor-trailers that haul millions of dollars worth of goods from Mexico each day. For about the last year, Mexican cattle have been examined here before being cleared for shipment to the rest of Texas and beyond — part of an effort to eradicate a fever tick infestation that has plagued ranchers along the border for more than a century.
Tick solutions are, of course, welcomed. I am sure the Mexican cattle folks would like for their own solution, too (ending the cartel violence is it but…).