Tick fever diagnosed on two NSW properties
THE New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has advised tick fever has been diagnosed on two Mid North Coast properties.
DPI senior veterinary officer Paul Freeman said the outbreak south of Port Macquarie had resulted in more than 60 mortalities on one property and two mortalities on the second.
“NSW DPI regulatory officers have identified cattle tick on several properties to date and will be examining cattle herds on adjoining properties to see if cattle tick are present,” he said.
“Any herds with cattle tick are subject to a DPI supervised cattle tick eradication program that can take up to 12 months.
“Regulatory officers are tracing the location of any cattle that have been moved off the infested property and are in the process of examining these animals.”
Owners of affected properties have been advised not to move any stock on or off the properties, and remaining cattle have been given anti-tick fever treatment.
Cattle ticks are the most serious external parasite of cattle in Australia.
They can attach to cattle, horses and other livestock and can transmit tick fever, a potentially fatal disease.