July 11, 2018
Biosecurity Queensland has released an updated version of the Queensland Biosecurity Manual which eases some restrictions about moving cattle from a ticky zone to an abattoir in a tick-free area.
Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Allison Crook said the updates meant producers could minimise or possibly remove the need to chemically treat livestock immediately before movement.
“This gives producers greater flexibility for carrying out low-risk activities when moving cattle into the cattle tick-free zone,” Dr Crook said.
“It has the benefit of reducing reliance on chemical treatments, meaning increased opportunities for organic beef production systems.
“Another benefit is improved animal welfare outcomes through the need for less handling of livestock.
“The update strikes a balance between maintaining the integrity of the cattle tick-free zone, and allowing reduced restrictions for the movement of stock that pose a low risk of spreading cattle ticks.”
Two new guides and a procedure about the new option are available on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website
All other requirements under the Biosecurity Act 2014, Biosecurity Regulation 2016 and Queensland Biosecurity Manual remain in place.