Texas cattle groups concerned over ticket treatment ban

WACO, TX (AP) - Texas ranchers and several government agencies say a recent decision to ban a tool to treat a deadly tick could potentially put cattle at risk.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller halted the use of 15 cattle fever tick spray boxes in south Texas last month for lacking ventilation.

The boxes spray livestock with a chemical to eliminate tickets that spread tick fever.

The Texas Animal Health Commission says the disease kills 90 percent of the animals it infects.

The commission has identified nearly 920 cattle exposed to fever tickets in 82 counties since September 2016.

Commissioner Director Andy Shwartz says the boxes allow safe treatment but a spokesperson for the Texas Farm Bureau says cattle are in jeopardy and cattle raisers need a short term solution.