INFILTRATED: Biosecurity Queensland have identified a Western Downs tick incursion in what was previously considered a tick-free zone.
INFILTRATED: Biosecurity Queensland have identified a Western Downs tick incursion in what was previously considered a tick-free zone.

Western Downs tick free zone breached

BIOSECURITY Queensland has confirmed cattle ticks have been found on a Western Downs property, an area formerly considered to be part of the state's tick free zone.

A Biosecurity Queensland spokesman said the latest tick incursion was identified last month.

"While Biosecurity Queensland does not identify individual properties where cattle ticks have been found, neighbouring properties are always notified," the spokesman said.

A Western Downs Regional Council spokeswoman said council take any biosecurity risks very seriously.

"Biosecurity Queensland is the lead agency in these matters, Council will provide assistance as required," the spokeswoman said. 

"There are no cattle currently travelling along the stock routes in this vicinity and a range of restrictions are in place on this property, including movement conditions, and will remain until an eradication program is complete," she said. 

"All graziers 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."

An investigation is being conducted to determine how the cattle tick came to be on the property.
 



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