December 18, 2012
Former Chief Veterinary Officer Ron Glanville has been appointed an Industry Liaison Officer by Biosecurity Queensland as part of the fight against Bovine Johne’s disease (BJD).
Agriculture Minister for John McVeigh said Dr Glanville would attend his first meeting with the beef industry tomorrow.
“Dr Glanville has more than 30 years’ experience as a vet in biosecurity,” Mr McVeigh said.
“As a former chief veterinary officer with the Department, Dr Glanville will play a key role in liaising with cattle producers.
“Dr Glanville was instrumental in the eradication of Equine Influenza from Queensland in 2008.”
Mr McVeigh said the BJD testing process was well underway.
“The first batch of priority samples has been collected and the laboratory has commenced testing. We are expecting more samples to arrive today to be processed,” he said.
“The current BJD testing process is highly complex and a number of concurrent tests must be carried out to effectively test for BJD which can take 12 weeks or more if complications arise.
“The first round of results is expected to be received around mid-March 2013.”
Biosecurity Queensland sent risk assessment documents to affected producers on Friday to help them prepare for on-property assessments.
The documents and fact sheets are also available on the Biosecurity Queensland website.