Tick outbreak warning
MARANOA graziers have been warned to be on high alert after a tick outbreak has spread across multiple properties on the Western Downs.
Three Chinchilla properties have been affected by the recent cattle tick outbreak according to Biosecurity Queensland.
In an attempt to limit the spread of ticks across the Western Downs, Biosecurity has put in place restrictions.
Three adjoining properties along Auburn Rd in the Burncluith area, north of Chinchilla, were inspected last week following reports of cattle ticks located on the properties.
Despite the outbreak, a Biosecurity spokesman said this incursion would not affect the Western Downs’ tick-free status.
“All producers have a general biosecurity obligation to minimise the risk of cattle ticks in the cattle tick-free zone and should ensure appropriate actions are taken not to move cattle ticks into the zone,” the spokesman said.
“A range of restrictions are in place on the infested properties, including movement conditions and will remain until a property eradication program is complete.
“Biosecurity Queensland has contacted all high-risk properties to help complete surveillance activities, herd inspections and tracing of livestock movements to define the extent of the infestation.”
Producers who finds suspected cattle ticks are being urged to contact Biosecurity Queensland immediately and keep any tick samples they discover.
“This will allow the infestation to be verified and to facilitate any additional testing that will inform the investigation,” he said.
“An incursion like this is not uncommon in the tick-free zone.
“Within the last 10 years there have been several including around the Chinchilla area.”
Beef producer Louise McMahon said it was up to producers to work with Biosecurity Queensland to try to mitigate the situation.
“I hope we can work together as an industry to work towards continuous improvements in controls without blanket measures being introduced,” she said.
OUTBREAK: Maranoa graziers have been warned by Biosecurity Queensland to be on high alert for ticks after an outbreak on several Western Downs properties.