SPREADING PROBLEM: The Western Downs' cattle tick incursion is believed to have spread to three properties along Auburn Rd, north of Chinchilla.
SPREADING PROBLEM: The Western Downs' cattle tick incursion is believed to have spread to three properties along Auburn Rd, north of Chinchilla. Jason Tidwell

Chinchilla's tick outbreak spreads

WITH three Chinchilla properties now affected by the recent cattle tick outbreak, Biosecurity Queensland is enforcing a number of restrictions in an attempt to limit the incursion from spreading further.

Three adjoining properties along Auburn Rd in the Burncluith area, north of Chinchilla were inspected last week following reports of cattle ticks located on the properties.

Despite the recent outbreak a Biosecurity Spokesman said this incursion will not affect the Western Downs' tick-free status.

"All producers have a general biosecurity obligation to minimise the risk of cattle ticks in the cattle tick free zone and should ensure appropriate actions are taken not to move cattle ticks into the zone,” the spokesman said.

"A range of restrictions are in place on the infested properties, including movement conditions and will remain until a property eradication program is complete,” the spokesman said.

"Biosecurity Queensland has contacted all high risk properties to help complete surveillance activities, herd inspections and tracing of livestock movements to define the extent of the infestation.”

Producer who finds suspected cattle ticks are being urged to contact Biosecurity Queensland immediately and keep any tick samples they discover.

"This will allow the infestation to be verified and to facilitate any additional testing that will inform the investigation,” the spokesman said.

"An incursion like this is not uncommon in the tick-free zone. Within the last 10 years there have been several including around the Chinchilla area,” he said.

A 'shed meeting' will be held soon to help other producers in the district understand and minimise the risk of cattle ticks, with more details to come.

Chinchilla beef producer, Louise McMahon said it's up to producers to work with Biosecurity Queensland to try and mitigate the situation.

"I hope we can work together as an industry to work towards continuous improvements in controls without blanket measures being introduced pushing up the cost of production,” Mrs McMahon said.

"I suppose we need to see a report of the facts and lessons learnt before we will fully understand how this situation will play out.”


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