Charleville property placed under movement restriction

James Nason, 10/01/2013

Queensland’s Department of Agriculture has confirmed that movement restrictions have been put in place on a cattle property in South West Queensland, but has stressed the development is not related to its ongoing Bovine Johne’s Disease response.

In a statement to Beef Central on Thursday afternoon, Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Rick Symons said movement restrictions have been imposed on a property at Charleville while an investigation is undertaken by Biosecurity Queensland.

He said the cattle came to the property from interstate.

The department said mostly Friesian and other dairy cross-breeds are located on the property. Beef and beef-cross breeds including Angus, Brahman and Hereford cattle are also on the property.

"Movement restrictions on this property are not related to the current Bovine Johne's Disease response," Dr Symons said. 

Beef Central understands that the Department of Agriculture was called to the property after a number of cattle that arrived there from a southern state for agistment began to show signs of sickness.

A spokesperson said the Department was currently investigating and had placed the property under quarantine until the cause is found.

Asked if BJD was suspected, the spokesman said the underlying cause would not be known until the investigation was complete.

"The cattle have been placed under quarantine until they find out exactly what it is. It is under investigation."


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