Author Topic: Kimberley bull tests positive to serious bovine Johne's disease. 13.3.2013  (Read 985 times)

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Kimberley bull tests positive to cattle disease 

Updated Wed Mar 13, 2013

    A bull on a station height=227 Photo: A bull in Western Australia's Kimberley region. (ABC News: Matt Brann)      

The Department of Agriculture has confirmed a bull in Western Australia's Kimberley region has tested positive to the serious cattle disease, bovine Johne's disease.

The bull was one of 109 animals imported from an infected stud in Queensland.

The animals have since been culled.

The department's chief veterinary officer Peter Morcombe says it is also testing cows which the bull may have infected.   

"We have the results of one of those bulls that is positive on the initial testing," he said.

"We also collected samples from cows in four herds and those samples are also under test at the moment."

The department says a follow-up test is underway and five Kimberley properties are under investigation.
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