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Cattle tick facility closes as producers warn of dire consequences

Cattle tick facility closes as producers warn of dire consequences

A Tweed Valley cattle producer has warned of dire consequences for the NSW cattle industry after the verbalize executive shut a cattle tick spray yard treating cattle travelling south across the Queensland border.

Key factors:

  • The cattle industry is involved over the closure of a cattle treatment facility in southern Queensland
  • Ticks may perhaps moreover designate the industry $30m per year within the occasion that they changed into endemic in NSW
  • A NSW cattle producer wants a brand recent facility opened in northern NSW to present protection to cattle herds

The Kirra cattle treatment facility on the Gold Coast, leased and operated by the NSW Department of Main Industries, shut last month after extra than 50 years. It followed the closure of the Mount Lindesay facility on the Queensland border. 

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Mixed Tweed Rural Industries Association president Colin Brooks talked about the industry was no longer consulted on the closure and no reason was given at a gathering held ideal a month earlier than announcing the resolution, however he suspected it was financial. 

“There had been considerations with the Kirra ‘spray hasten’ as a result of it was in Queensland, in a housing characteristic, however we’re involved despite the truth that that it be no longer being changed someplace stunning over the border in NSW,” he talked about. 

The facility treated any animal capable of transporting the external parasite from tick-infested areas of Queensland. These included donkeys and alpacas, as successfully as cattle and horses. 

Colin Brook wearing a check shirt on his property.

Mixed Tweed Rural Industries Association president Colin Brooks wants the NSW executive to open a brand recent facility on the NSW facet of the border after it shut down the one at Kirra on the Gold Coast.(



The Kynnumboon farmer is involved the elimination of the spray hasten may perhaps moreover salvage dire consequences for the cattle industry. 

“The different that’s being offered is that while you attain nasty into Queensland or you attain must attain serve out of Queensland with cattle or horses, mainly, then you definately may perhaps moreover salvage to source an accredited Queensland DPI particular person to attain the spraying.”

Cattle tick spray yards.

The NSW executive shut down the Kirra Farm animals Treatment Facility in July 2021.(

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Mr Brook talked about the closest facility was at Beaudesert within the Scenic Rim characteristic of Queensland, 80 km north-west of Kirra. 

“The price on the Kirra spray hasten mature to be $5.50 per head, the horse other folks at this meeting suppose that they are being charged wherever from $130 to $150 per head by these non-public accredited operators in Queensland to spray their horses,” he talked about.

A close-up of a cattle tick on a man's finger

If cattle tick turned endemic in Fresh South Wales it can moreover designate the cattle industry $30 million per year.(

Supplied: NSW DPI


If cattle tick — which carries the lethal tick fever — becomes endemic in NSW, the verbalize’s Department of Main Industries estimates it can moreover designate the cattle industry $30 million per year.

The NSW Cattle Tick Program was established in 1920 to achieve the verbalize cattle tick free by detecting and eradicating infestations.

Mr Brooks talked about the spray facility was a crucial phase of conserving beef and dairy herds in NSW from the devastating disease. 

“Or no longer it’s dazzling severe and it method that 100 years of effort by a reasonably miniature group of farmers up here alongside the border with Queensland is stunning going to be all to no avail. Or no longer it’s stunning going to be an absolute waste,” he talked about. 

“What we desire is for an different facility in NSW, so that these animals which were introduced across the border, within the occasion that they’ve no longer been satisfactorily treated in Queensland, can silent be treated earlier than they’re set free in NSW.”

The NSW Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall has been contacted for observation. 

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Cattle tick facility closes as producers warn of dire consequences