BJD found on CQ property

14 Oct, 2013 01:36 PM

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.

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    16/10/2013 7:49:08 AM

    For a disease which has been reported as causing "no real economic significance" there are a scores of beef producers who will never ever recover the losses from "political protection" of their industry. Another 43 families to go down in ashes. Good luck with that.
    16/10/2013 9:47:10 AM

    Why has there been no trace done on where/how the initial BJD case originated from? Sounds likely the original cause was illegal movement of embryo transfer recipient dairy cows from Vic? I mean its not likely Brahmans came up from down south, the home of BJD is it?
    16/10/2013 1:19:44 PM

    Jacky, you should do your homework before you comment on something you know nothing about! The current strain is the Bison strain and it is not present in Vic so before you go accusing people of illegal movements get your facts right. There is enough pain out there because of BJD without you adding to it!
    17/10/2013 3:51:14 PM

    Not accusing, just wanting clarity? From the DPI site - There are two known strains of the organism: •a cattle strain, which infects mainly cattle, alpaca, goats, deer and camels to cause bovine Johne's disease (BJD) •a sheep strain, which infects mainly sheep and goats to cause ovine Johne's disease (OJD). -industries/animal-health-and-dis eases/animal-disease-control/john es-disease/johnes-disease-overvie w
    17/10/2013 9:19:03 PM

    I disagree jillaroo, yes it would make it harder in the short term but they need to reassess their particular circumstances. If this sinks them I think this is only the tip of the iceberg, there are many more significant fundamentals such as expense structure and land management. I do hope things are as bright as can be for them though.
    19/10/2013 1:04:52 PM

    Jacky,you say you are not accusing but you mention illegal movements of recips and you want clarity,all your comments do is muddy the water !
    Eaglewood Park Angus
    23/10/2013 8:46:21 AM

    Actually the pathology test for this disease has one of the highest for false positives.In other words, several animals from the same location plus the original animal need to be tested and the results sent to a second Lab. before the result can be rated as positive.


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