TWO experts will review the Queensland Government's response to a cattle disease that has rocked the state's beef industry.The outbreak of Bovine Johne's disease, a bacterial infection that causes cattle to waste away and die, has seen quarantine restrictions placed on about 150 properties.
Queensland has BJD-protected status, which means its beef has greater market access than beef from other states.
The government last week set up a $5 million fund to help breeders struggling to deal with the disease.
But the Australian Brahman Breeders Association claims that amount won't be enough to cover the quarantine costs the outbreak is imposing on producers.
The industry is worth more than $4.5 billion a year and supports more than 45,000 jobs.
Agriculture Minister John McVeigh on Friday appointed former AgForce president Brent Finlay and University of Queensland veterinary expert Professor Jonathan Hill to review the government's response.
"I am relying on them to provide an independent assessment of the response and then provide input into our future BJD response program," Mr McVeigh said in a statement.
"Through the review I am hoping they can also identify possible actions Biosecurity Queensland may consider for any future disease eradication programs."
The pair will start their review in March and provide a final report by the end of April.