OFFICERS from Biosecurity Queensland officers are to undertake more extensive sampling and testing on a stud property in Rockhampton where bovine johne's disease has been found.
Agriculture Minister John McVeigh met cattle industry leaders in Brisbane yesterday to work on a response to the outbreak, and said Biosecurity Queensland woud liaise with laboratories interstate where a new diagnostic test is already available for use in a bid to speed up the process.
He said the test has the potential to reduce turnaround times on results.
"This will be done to better understand the prevalence of the disease within this herd," Mr McVeigh said.
"While this may give us more information about potential distribution of the disease, it will not negate the need for trace forward properties to be individually assessed.
"Assessments will be undertaken on each property to determine the appropriate management and testing strategy to be put in place."
Mr Seeney said support for affected producers, including compensation and counselling services, was also raised by industry.
"We will continue to work through these issues with industry because we understand it is not viable for individual producers to bear the burden of this response alone."
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More BJD information is available online at: www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au, by calling 13 25 23 or by following Biosecurity Queensland on Facebook and Twitter (@BiosecurityQld).
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