A big tick of approval for new board
CATTLE Tick Management Queensland has been reinvigorated.
A number of high profile producers came onboard when the group met for the first time last week.
Two South Burnett cattlemen, Tom Seiler of Boondooma and Brian Tessmann of Kingaroy, were named on the board.
Mr Seiler was a strong opponent of cattle tick infiltration into clean areas and said he looked forward to working with other board members on the issues.
“It’s definitely a good move to re-establish (the group),” Mr Seiler said.
“The minister has assured us they are going to be more active than the previous government with dialogue (with the group).
“The new Biosecurity Bill will be finished in the next couple of years under the current government.
“Hopefully it will improve how cattle ticks are managed in this state and CTMQ will have a fair say in how it will affect producers and make sure it is implemented appropriately.”
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh said his department was committed to maintaining the integrity of the tick line and additional frontline officers had been recruited to step up the fight against ticks.
“Over the past couple of wet seasons, there have been regular instances of cattle tick infestation,” he said.
“I have been visiting regional areas speaking to industry leaders and producers and this issue of cattle ticks keeps coming up.
“While CTMQ has been around since 2006, I am changing the structure of the group to develop proposals jointly with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for funding strategies and business plans for the whole cattle tick management program.
“Cattle ticks are the most serious external parasite for Queensland’s livestock industries and if not managed could potentially spread tick fever.”
The board also includes Patrick Hick, Julia Creek (chairwoman); Agforce/cattle producer Ian Harsant of Oakleigh, Harrisville; Agforce/cattle producer Michael-McTaggart of Bears Lagoon, Moura; Agforce/cattle producer Paul Wright of Taroom; cattle producer/veterinarian, livestock agent Peter Hayes (ALMA/ALPA) and Ted Parish of the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Mr McVeigh said the group would be a forum for discussion between interest groups and his department and he would look to it for recommendations on legislation. The group would focus on infestations in the free/control zones, market access, cost of clearing stock, Acaricide subsidy and moving horses between zones.