Infested farm still off limits
BIOSECURITY Queensland has declined to release details of the location of a Southern Downs cattle property where a tick infestation was detected late last year.
After rumours surfaced locally about a tick outbreak, the Daily News sought advice from the State Government about the situation.
A Biosecurity Queensland spokesman yesterday confirmed an infestation of ticks was found “on cattle in the ‘tick free’ zone in the Southern Downs just before Christmas last year”.
“While the infestation has been contained, this property and its neighbouring properties are still under cattle movement restrictions,” he said.
“Due to the close proximity of the control and infested zones, there are occasional infestations of cattle tick in the Darling Downs, particularly along the range.”
He declined to divulge details of the property or the district in which it is located, citing privacy.
“Cattle producers in the Darling Downs region are advised to monitor their livestock for cattle ticks and be alert for symptoms of tick fever,” Mr MacLeod said.
“Ticks love a good wet season and this year conditions on the Downs have been particularly favourable for parasites of all kinds.
“Cattle ticks are a significant economic pest of the Queensland cattle industry and heavy cattle tick infestation can cause loss of condition and even death.”
Ticks also transmit fever organisms, which can be fatal.
“Producers must notify Biosecurity Queensland when they find cattle ticks outside the Queensland cattle tick infected zone,” Mr MacLeod said.
“Control of cattle ticks is a shared responsibility and we encourage producers to be particularly vigilant and to work cooperatively with our officers and their neighbours.”
Signs of tick fever in cattle include depression, weakness, jaundice, increased temperatures and staggering.
The tick control zone – which lies in between the tick-infested and tick free zones – extends along the Great Dividing Range to the Cunningham’s Gap area.
More information on cattle tick and tick fever can be found online at www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au
To report suspected cattle ticks found in the tick free zone, call 13 25 23 and for information on cattle tick zones and movement requirements visit www.dpi.qld.gov.au