Woman faces $550 fine for breaking tick rules

A QUEENSLAND woman is facing a $550 fine for illegally introducing three horses from Queensland into NSW after NSW Department of Primary Industries cattle tick inspectors conducted a compliance audit at an endurance riding event on the NSW Northern Tablelands last Friday.

DPI biosecurity compliance director Andrew Sanger, said the Sunshine Coast woman, who was interviewed at the Red Range event near Glen Innes, had failed to stop at the border and get her horses treated for cattle ticks - an offence under the NSW Stock Diseases Act.

"The woman and the horses were sent back to Queensland and will receive a $550 fine for the offence," Mr Sanger said.

"Bringing horses, cattle or other livestock into NSW from Queensland without clearance risks spreading cattle ticks into NSW.

"Cattle ticks are the most serious external parasite of cattle in Australia and can transmit tick fever, a potentially fatal disease of cattle."

Dr Sanger said DPI regulatory offices had visited a campdraft at Guyra at the weekend as well as the endurance event at Red Range on Friday to check the compliance of horse owners with the NSW rules regarding cattle ticks.

"Our inspectors interviewed 47 Queensland competitors at the events and found only one to have breached the state's entry requirements.

"It is clear the event organisers and the vast majority of competitors are doing the right thing, but it only takes one breach to potentially bring cattle ticks into the state and cause major expense in eradicating any outbreak.

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