LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Department of Agriculture inspectors are spending the week checking livestock scales along the state's border with Mexico.
They're being accompanied by sheriff's deputies from Luna and Hidalgo counties because of concerns about safety in the area south of Interstate 10.
Inspectors from the department's standards and consumer services division will test about 25 scales in southern New Mexico as part of a program to test some 1,000 livestock scales throughout the state this year.
The department is required by law to test all commercial weighing and measuring devices at least once each year.
State Agriculture Secretary Miley Gonzalez says livestock scale inspections are important both to ranchers and livestock buyers.