Fortunately, North America has not yet been infected by diseases that have become plagues in Europe — mad cow and foot and mouth disease. Does that mean we are safe in America and here in the Imperial Valley? Not necessarily. We are talking about diseases that spread easily and could decimate the local cattle industry if they spread here.
For that reason the county Agriculture Commissioner's Office and those in the local cattle industry deserve credit for keeping a watchful eye on something that could prove a huge problem in the Imperial Valley. One cattleman is not taking any chances and is using disinfectant on vehicles driving onto his ranch. To some that might seem extreme, but it makes sense to take precautions.
Now is an important time in the cattle industry for the Imperial Valley. Not only is the industry already a major contributor to the local economy, it is on the verge of growing.