Time is right for tick check

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) are reminding stockowners in the north of New South Wales to check their cattle for ticks and ensure their boundary fences were secure to stop the spread of cattle ticks.

Regional Animal Health Leader with NSW DPI Paul Freeman said there had been 19 new cattle tick infestations on the NSW north coast this season - a similar number to the level of infestations at the same time last year.

“Ninety per cent of these properties have been infested with cattle ticks due to straying of cattle, or infested cattle being moved to another property,” he said.

Mr Freeman said we are in the most active season for cattle ticks so it is especially important to examine stock over the coming months.

“We recommend a close inspection of cattle particularly when stockowners are about to move cattle off their property, for example, before they go to market.

“The tail butt and the area between the animal's back legs are where ticks are often found.”

Under the Stock Diseases Act, it is an offence for any person to market stock infested with cattle tick. The Act also requires stockowners to notify NSW Agriculture of any infestation.

Mr Freeman said of the 19 new cattle tick infestations that had been detected so far this season 13 were properties adjoining known infested herds.

Information sheets on how to inspect cattle for ticks and how to identify cattle ticks are available from North Coast offices of NSW Agriculture and Rural Lands Protection Board (RLPB).

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