Bovine Johne’s in CQ
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.