Cattle tick

  • Graphic showing the cattle tick's life cycle
    Graphic showing the cattle tick's life cycle

The cattle tick, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus, is a serious economic pest of Queensland's cattle industry. If left unchecked, this external parasite can significantly reduce cattle live-weight gain and milk production. It is also responsible for transmitting three blood-borne tick fever organisms, which cause sickness and death in cattle. Cattle ticks can also infest other species such as sheep, horses, goats, camels, alpacas, llamas, vicunas, guanacos and deer.

  • Overview

    The cattle tick is an external parasite, mainly of cattle, and is regarded as a significant economic pest of the Queensland cattle industry. Cattle ticks are notifiable when they occur outside the Queensland cattle tick infected zone.

  • Identification

    A table to help you identify cattle ticks, paralysis ticks (scrub ticks) and bush ticks.

  • Accredited certifiers

    Find out about Queensland cattle tick free and control zones and regulations relating to the movement of stock out of infected zones.

Last updated 14 July 2016