A big tick of ap­proval for new board

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

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.

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