Ticked Off: Cattle Ban in Queensland?

AUSTRALIA - New Calls have been made for an immediate ban on cattle movement from tick infested regions in Queensland, following beliefs that vaccinated cattle could still spread tick fever.
calendar icon 19 March 2008
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ABC Rural say these beliefs stem from the discovery of a tick infestation in New Caledonia, after cattle for export were mistakenly and illegally given a live tick fever vaccine.

Tweed cattle producer, Colin Brooks, says the incident proves vaccinated cattle can spread tick fever.

"We have been told for a long time that the ones that have been vaccinated do not present a risk to the NSW cattle herd," he says.

"However, it now appears from the blow-up in New Caledonia that vaccinated cattle are quite capable of spreading tick fever to our cattle in NSW, which have no resistance."

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