UPDATED: BIOSECURITY Queensland has identified another cattle herd in central Queensland infected with bovine Johne’s disease (BJD).
Agriculture Minister John McVeigh has confirmed an additional 43 properties were now under quarantine as a result of the positive test.
He said although these properties were “spread fairly well” there were a large concentration in central Queensland.
“It is not a stud operation so the potential for trace forward properties won’t be as extensive as the previous detection,” he said.
“At this stage we believe the majority of cattle have been sent straight to slaughter and that will reduce the impact.”
Mr McVeigh said the latest detection was found as part of the ongoing testing of properties that received cattle from a stud outside Rockhampton which was confirmed with BJD in November 2012.
“Biosecurity officers will be working very closely with affected producers and the cattle industry to contain any further infection and resolve cases as quickly as they can."
The Minister remained steadfast in his pledge to bring BJD under control but stopped short of saying the disease would be eradicated from the Queensland herd.
“Eradication is the technical term used in terms of responding to an outbreak under the national protocol but in reality, eradication of any disease can’t be guaranteed,” he said.
Mr McVeigh said Monday’s test result highlighted that the testing regime followed by Biosecurity Queensland was working.
He said over 14,000 samples from 108 properties had been tested since November last year.
Mr McVeigh said samples have been submitted to the BJD reference laboratory in Victoria for strain typing, which is standard procedure for all positive results.
Biosecurity Queensland’s chief veterinary officer Rick Symons said about 40 properties would be contacted as part of this latest detection and any necessary movement restrictions would be put in place.
“Queensland has a protected zone status and we will continue to work to keep BJD out of the State,” Dr Symons 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.”
Mr McVeigh said the Queensland government had made up to $5 million available to support producers affected by BJD. For more information, visit www.daff.qld.gov.au or phone 13 25 23.