Nats ticked off about fever

Local National Party MPs are calling for a tick crisis meeting following the outbreak of tick fever on a second north coast property near Alstonville, where three cattle died over the last week.

The tick fever outbreak was confirmed by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) officers last Wednesday, who discovered a mob of 28 heifers on a dairy property at Burringbar, near Murwillumbah, were infected. Twelve animals at the Burringbar property died, but, since the rest of the herd was treated with Imizol on Thursday, there have been no further deaths. The herd was legally imported from Queensland.

The property near Alstonville has been placed under quarantine and the remaining 50 head of cattle are not showing any signs of the disease, according to the DPI.

DPI investigators said the Alstonville herd of Dexter cattle were purchased from a neighbour of the infected property at Burringbar.

Lismore National MP Thomas George said the incidents highlighted the fact border controls are inadequate to prevent diseased animals from tick-infested areas of Queensland infecting NSW herds.

He and other National MPs are calling for the NSW Government to hold a crisis meeting in Casino, the regions beef capital, as soon as possible to address the issue.

Stock owners who suspect their animals have cattle ticks or tick fever should contact the DPI immediately on 6626 1201 or the emergency animal disease watch hotline on 1800 675 888.

Brochures to help with the identification of cattle ticks are also available from those numbers.


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