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Hundreds of Kimberley cattle to be slaughtered due to link to QLD BJD disease
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012, 03:07:48 PM »
Hundreds of Kimberley cattle could be slaughtered because of link to Queensland BJD outbreak By Tyne McConnon
 Thursday, 13/12/2012
 The Western Australian Department of Agriculture is proposing to isolate and slaughter the bulls from six properties in the Kimberley, which have been traced to the Queensland stud which tested positive to bovine Johne's disease (BJD) last month.
 The proposal will be presented to the Cattle Industry Funding Scheme committee next week.
 The Department's chief veterinary officer Dr Peter Morcombe says between 2005 and 2012, a total of 472 bulls were transported to WA from the Queensland stud.
 He says it can take years for symptoms of the wasting disease to develop and his suggestion is to identify, isolate and slaughter the bulls, some of which may have already died of natural causes.
 Dr Morcombe says if the proposal is approved, the bulls will be tested for BJD after they're slaughtered.
 "They will be tested both by tissue culture of sections from the intestine and faecal samples, so we will be able to know if they were infected, were they shedding the bacteria in faeces, because that can take four years or more."
Dr Morcombe says no cattle in WA have shown any symptoms of the disease at this stage and WA retains its BJD-free status

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201212/s3653870.htm