Updated Biosecurity Manual for cattle ticks.

Biosecurity Queensland has updated the Queensland Biosecurity Manual in relation to cattle tick management with updates coming into effect on 3 July 2018 with the release of the 8th version of the Queensland Biosecurity Manual.  The most significant update allows for an additional pathway for processors and producers to choose from when moving high risk carriers from the cattle tick infested zone to abattoirs in the cattle tick free zone.  The additional option may allow producers to remove, or at least minimise, the need to chemically treat high risk carriers immediately before movement to an abattoir.

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This update is supported with the release of a new procedure and guides to assist you to meet your obligations when consigning and receiving cattle.

The update provides additional flexibility for carrying out low risk activities with the following benefits:

  • Provision of an alternative mechanism for moving high risk carriers from the cattle tick infested zone to abattoirs in the free zone
  • Greater flexibility in marketing options
  • Reduced reliance on chemicals and reduced risk of residues in meat and meat products
  • Improved opportunities for organic beef production systems
  • Improved animal welfare outcomes through reduced handling.

The update provides a balance between protecting the cattle tick free zone from the introduction of cattle tick and allowing reduced restrictions for the movement of stock that pose a low risk of spreading ticks.  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.

We would encourage all members to review the updates online.