Farmers reminded to vaccinate to prevent livestock deaths

Graziers in Southern Queensland are urged to vaccinate their livestock against anthrax to prevent unnecessary cattle and sheep deaths.

QLD Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner said there had been a recent anthrax case near St George, which resulted in a small number of cattle deaths.

“Our officers moved quickly to contain the disease on that individual property by immediately restricting all movement of livestock on and off that location,” Mr Furner said.

“The owners undertook vaccination of all remaining cattle to minimise the risk of further spread.

“The rapid action of staff is testament to the QLD Government’s ongoing commitment to biosecurity in Queensland.

“Ensuring our primary production remains a world leader in food safety is one of the top priorities of this government.”

Biosecurity Queensland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Allison Crook said the investigation of this case had now been completed and the property was no longer under movement restrictions.

“This incident indicates that anthrax spores may be present in and around the St George district and livestock grazing locally may be at risk of infection,” Dr Crook said.

“Graziers should have a biosecurity plan in place and consult with their local veterinary practitioner to decide what specific measures they should take to protect their livestock and property against anthrax.

“This can include keeping livestock away from soil disturbances caused by earthworks or flooding, and undertaking preventative vaccination.

“Producers should always be monitoring the health of their stock and immediately seek veterinary advice in the event of sudden deaths. Unexplained deaths of animals should be reported to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.”

Anthrax is a naturally occurring bacterial disease which impacts animals.

Source: QLD Government