Bovine Johne’s in CQ

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

BOVINE Johne’s disease has been de­tected on a cat­tle prop­erty near Rockhampton. BJD is a se­ri­ous disease of cat­tle and other ru­mi­nants which causes chronic di­ar­rhoea or ill-thrift in older stock, lead­ing to ema­ci­a­tion and even­tu­ally death. It has a very low preva­lence in Queens­land as a re­sult of strin­gent con­trol mea­sures. In­com­ing Ag Force cat­tle board pres­i­dent Howard Smith said while there was no sci­en­tific ev­i­dence the disease posed risk to hu­man health, it did cre­ate some man­age­ment is­sues for the cat­tle in­dus­try. “We have no rea­son to sug­gest at this stage we will not be able to main­tain our pro­tected sta­tus,” Mr Smith said.

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