Prohibition on Breeding Sheep to Mexico
December 2, 2005
On Monday, a letter of information advising that Mexico is not accepting U.S. origin cattle or breeding sheep and goats at this time was made public.
Kathleen Burda, DVM, U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA), assistant area veterinarian in charge based in Austin, Texas, reiterated that it is a violation of U.S. regulations to illegally export breeding ruminants into Mexico.
"The USDA has the authority and will take enforcement action for any illegal export movements of animals into Mexico," stated Burda. "Monetary penalties are assessed when violations occur, and repeat violations are subject to increasing penalties."
Should Mexico decide to re-open the border to U.S. cattle and breeding sheep and goats, all animals must be officially identified, tested for brucellosis and tuberculosis (except sheep) and be accompanied to the port by an original health certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian and endorsed by USDA's Veterinary Services.
Additional questions should be directed to Burda at 512-916-5555.