Bovine Johne's disease confirmed in Central Qld herd

ANOTHER Central Queensland cattle herd has been confirmed to have bovine Johne's disease (BJD).

Agriculture Minister John McVeigh said this detection was found as part of the ongoing testing of properties that received cattle from Rockley Brahmans, Bajool.

BJD was confirmed at the Bajool property in November 2012.

A spokesman for the minister said the discovery was much smaller than the original outbreak at Rockley, as it was a commercial operation.

He said out of 11,000 tests, they had only had around five positive results.

Around 40 trace-forward properties have been identified.

"Biosecurity Queensland has identified properties that received cattle from this latest property and will be contacting owners this week to put any necessary movement restrictions in place," he said.

"As this latest property is a commercial herd and not a stud, the number of potentially affected trace forward properties will not be as extensive as the previous detection.

"In addition, we believe the majority of the cattle affected in this case would already have been sent to slaughter so this will also reduce impacts."

Biosecurity Queensland's Chief Veterinary Officer Rick Symons said about 40 properties would be contacted as part of this latest detection.

"Queensland has a protected zone status and we will continue to work to keep BJD out of the State," he said.

"As with previous cases, we would urge affected producers not to dispose of any suspected animals before discussing their situation with Biosecurity Queensland.

"Disposing of animals without appropriate testing can greatly prolong movement restrictions."

For more information on BJD, visit daff.qld.gov.au or phone 13 25 23.


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