UPDATES to cattle tick management rules in Queensland have been introduced to provide greater flexibility for producers moving stock across the cattle tick line, and to create opportunities for reduced travel times and costs.
To protect the cattle tick free zone movement restrictions apply on high risk activities, such as moving livestock from the infested zone to a place in the tick free zone.
However updates to Queensland’s Biosecurity Manual introduced on July 4 provide more flexibility for carrying out low risk activities such as moving horses across the cattle tick line or livestock to feedlots and abattoirs.
The updates mean producers could minimise or possibly remove the need to chemically treat livestock immediately before movement from the cattle tick infested zone to an abattoir in the cattle tick free zone, Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Allison Crook said.
“This gives producers greater flexibility for carrying out low risk activities when moving cattle into the cattle tick free zone,” Dr Crook said.
“It has the benefit of reducing reliance on chemical treatments, meaning increased opportunities for organic beef production systems.
“Another benefit is improved animal welfare outcomes through the need for less handling of livestock.
“The update strikes a balance between maintaining the integrity of the cattle tick free zone, and allowing reduced restrictions for the movement of stock that pose a low risk of spreading cattle ticks.”
To assist producers and meat processing facilities meet their obligations when consigning and receiving stock, two new guides and a procedure about the new option have been released:
- Procedure for manual inspection – high risk tick carriers free of adult cattle tick
- Guide for meat processing facilities in the cattle tick free zone
- Guide for producers consigning cattle to meat processing facilities in the cattle tick free zone
To ensure that the cattle tick free zone remains cattle tick free, all other requirements under the Biosecurity Act 2014, Biosecurity Regulation 2016 and Queensland Biosecurity Manual remain in place.