As the Queensland bull selling season gears up, cattle producers in the state are being reminded to check the disease status of bulls purchased from interstate.
Queensland agriculture minister John McVeigh said full checks were the best insurance against the disease that is difficult to detect and has no cure.
"Unfortunately, cattle from the southern states, especially if they have any connection with dairy cattle, carry a higher risk of BJD," Mr McVeigh said.
He urged producers to seek the highest level of assurance and declared cattle health statements, and to ensure interstate cattle met the minimum entry requirements.
"CattleMAP certification at MN2 and MN3 gives progressively higher levels of assurance against BJD risk in interstate herds.”
Mr McVeigh said producers unsure of the risks with interstate cattle should check with their local vets and or DAFF regional vets and stock officers.
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