APHIS is Requiring New Cattle Facility in Mexico

Cattle importers are waiting on Mexico to build new facility so full trade can resume.

The United States has done its part. Now it is up to Mexico to build a new facility near San Luis, Arizona capable of properly handling cattle being imported into the United States. USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that adds San Luis as a port to control the import of Mexican cattle infested or exposed to fever ticks or tick-borne diseases.

Meant to protect U.S. livestock, federal regulations require that cattle from Mexico be inspected individually at APHIS-approved facilities on the Mexican side of the border. They must be certified as being free of ticks. If ticks are found, the cattle must be dipped in a solution to kill the parasites. The cattle are then quarantined for 10 to 14 days before being re-inspected. If additional ticks are found, the process must be repeated.

APHIS will prohibit the import of cattle into the United States through the San Luis port until a new facility for handling livestock is constructed on the Mexican side of the border and equipped with facilities that allow proper chute inspection, dipping and testing required under APHIS regulations.
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