December 4, 2012
Agriculture Minister John McVeigh has committed to providing Queensland’s cattle industry with regular updates on Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) with more than 1000 people already subscribed for regular alerts.
“Biosecurity Queensland officers are finalising contact with affected properties which received cattle from a stud property near Rockhampton where some livestock have been confirmed with this disease,” Mr McVeigh said.
“Movement restrictions are being applied to these properties to limit further spread of the disease.”
Mr McVeigh said a workshop held with industry last week in Rockhampton highlighted the need for detailed and timely information about the situation.
“There are a number of ways the Queensland cattle industry, producers and the general community can stay informed about Bovine Johne’s disease,” he said.
“Affected producers identified through the forward tracing are being contacted individually by Biosecurity Queensland and assigned a contact within the department who can offer ongoing advice to the property owner.
“Owners of properties that have been placed under movement restrictions can also apply for support under the National BJD Financial and Non-Financial Assistance Package.
“For all interested parties, regular updates will be sent via a self-subscription email. Interested parties can subscribe to Biosecurity Queensland’s online cattle alert at www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au
“Regular updates will also be available by following Biosecurity Queensland on Facebook and Twitter @BiosecurityQld.
“If producers require more detailed information than that provided online or through updates, they can contact the Customer Service Centre on 13-25-23.
“Anyone who suspects BJD on their property should contact Biosecurity Queensland immediately on 13-25-23 or the Emergency Disease Watch Hotline on 1800-675-888.”
Mr McVeigh said the government would continue to work with industry groups to maintain Queensland’s protected status for BJD.
“We are absolutely focussed on providing up-to-date information and every opportunity for full communication with industry and producers throughout this process,” Mr McVeigh said.
“I would like to commend the organisations including Agforce, the Brahman Breeders Association, the Australian Veterinary Association, the Cattle Council of Australia, and Animal Health Australia which participated in the forum last week for their input and continued support in addressing this situation.”