More flexibility for cattle moving to the tick free zone

News release | 11-Jul-2018

Cattle processors and producers now have more flexibility in moving stock from the cattle tick infested zone to abattoirs in the cattle tick free zone.

Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Allison Crook said that updates to the Queensland Biosecurity Manual mean producers could minimise or possibly remove the need to chemically treat livestock immediately before movement from the cattle tick infested zone to an abattoir in the cattle tick free zone.

“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.”

To assist producers and meat processing facilities meet their obligations when consigning and receiving stock, two new guides and a procedure about the new option are available at www.daf.qld.gov.au, or by calling 13 25 23.

To ensure that the cattle tick free zone remains cattle tick free, all other requirements under the Biosecurity Act 2014, Biosecurity Regulation 2016 and Queensland Biosecurity Manual remain in place.

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