Local Rancher Wants Protection to Prevent Cattle Fever Ticks from Devastating Business

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ESCOBARES – An Escobares rancher wants protection to prevent his business from being devastated by cattle fever ticks.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is working with property owners to install fencing along strategic portions of a permanent tick quarantine land in Zapata County.

There are plans to eventually extend the fence into Starr County as well.

Local rancher Roberto Esobar says this could potentially help to avoid a loss.

"Anytime our livestock lose the production that they can give you every day, because they're fighting the fever tick or the disease that that fever tick creates, that is hurting us because the cattle business is not all that profitable,” he explains.

He says he’d like to avoid the dangerous task of treating these animals with chemicals.

KRGV’s Frank McCaffrey reached out to the USDA to see what measures can be taken to protect livestock.

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