Bill Could Bring Dairy Farming Back to El Paso

On most mornings, Eugene Licon drives 50 miles from his cows in Hudspeth County to his El Paso County cheese factory, shouldering extra fuel costs and man hours that were not always required.

His dairy and cheese factory were once a few yards apart, before the Legislature’s 2001 ban on dairy farming permits in El Paso County and a sliver of Hudspeth County — a result of recurring cases of bovine tuberculosis in the West Texas area.

“It’s a long way from home,” said Licon, whose father started the family dairy in the early 1960s in El Paso. “Traveling ...

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