QUEENSLAND's stud beef industry is on watch after news Bovine Johne's Disease has been found in a Rockhampton herd.Yesterday, Biosecurity Queensland confirmed BJD had been found in the unnamed Rockhampton stud beef herd.
Yet in a twist which has big ramifications, it is believed the cattle have been infected for many years.
The stud had sold cattle to other studs, commercial breeders and even interstate, and those cattle are now being tracked.
A spokesman for Biosecurity Queensland said the authority was working with the owner to draw up a plan to manage and eradicate the disease from its herd.
But the spokesman said there had been "substantial” movements of cattle from this herd to other properties, both commercial and stud breeders, and even interstate.
"These movements are being traced and risk assessments will be undertaken to determine the potential spread of the disease," he said.
Officers from Biosecurity Queensland are now contacting producers who have bought cattle.
"It is very important that any producer who holds cattle from this property seeks advice from their private veterinarian or Biosecruity Queensland," the spokesman said.
"Producers are strongly advised not to cull these cattle, as that could result in lengthy delays in resolving the risk of infection."
Queensland has prided itself on being virtually BJD free, and has enforced tough requirements for stock entering the state and implanted "rigorous control of known or suspected infection".