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Published June 03, 2010, 04:56 PM

New Mexico begins livestock scale inspections in July

DEMING, N.M. — New Mexico Department of Agriculture inspectors will be certifying livestock scales beginning July 26, but concerns over border security mean inspectors in southern New Mexico’s Luna, Hidalgo and Grant counties will be escorted by sheriff’s deputies.

DEMING, N.M. — New Mexico Department of Agriculture inspectors will be certifying livestock scales beginning July 26, but concerns over border security mean inspectors in southern New Mexico’s Luna, Hidalgo and Grant counties will be escorted by sheriff’s deputies.

There are at least 30 scales in the area south of Interstate 10 from Las Cruces to the Arizona border.

The executive director of the New Mexico Cattlegrowers Association, Caron Cowan, says inspectors are no less safe than they were last year, but the murder of an Arizona rancher on the border brought it into focus.

Rancher Robert Krentz was shot to death on his ranch near the New Mexico border in March. Footprints from the scene led to the Mexican border.

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