Tick out­break warn­ing

The Western Star - - Rural News - Kate McCor­mack

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.

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OUT­BREAK: Mara­noa gra­ziers have been warned by Biose­cu­rity Queens­land to be on high alert for ticks after an out­break on sev­eral Western Downs prop­er­ties.

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