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Animal Health

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Animal Health Newsletter


Northern Territory. Department of Primary Industry and Resources


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Northern Territory Government

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Newsletter, August 2017

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Livestock Biosecurity news

Previously known as

Animal health news from the Northern Territory

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Northern Territory Government



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DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRY AND RESOURCES Page 6 of 8 Animal Health Newsletter provide an early warning to producers Surveillance detects new incursions and warns producers of arbovirus spread into new areas where cattle not previously exposed may suffer severe symptoms manage risk Exporters can identify areas free from arbovirus activity to source live export cattle for arbovirus sensitive markets. The movement of the NAMP bluetongue line southwards will prevent access for live cattle to bluetongue sensitive markets from properties in the zone of possible transmission. As this zone is largely determined by the distribution of the culicoides vectors, there is little that can be done other than to monitor the distribution through blood sampling and insect trapping. Northern Australian Biosecurity Surveillance project The Northern Australia Biosecurity Surveillance project is funded by the Commonwealth Government under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, and is focused on improving disease surveillance in northern Australian. A number of key activities have been identified to achieve this in our extensive conditions in 2017; resources such as tools, technology and training for cattle producers and vets, and subsidies for livestock disease investigation. Post-mortem (PM) sampling kits All pastoral properties in the NT will be provided with a post-mortem (PM) sampling kit during the annual property visits undertaken by the Livestock Biosecurity team. This kit can be used to collect samples for laboratory diagnosis in the event that livestock get sick or die. Private cattle vets are encouraged to use the property PM sampling kit to assist them in disease investigations. There is also funding available to subsidise the cost of disease investigation in livestock across northern Australia from 2017-2019. Early-case blood samples and nasal swabs (prior to death preferred) are sought from any horse that may have unexplained and progressive illness. The PM sampling kit includes a maggot collection kit which staff can used to collect maggots from fly-blown wounds. We suggest keeping the PM sampling kit on the property in location known to staff. The Regional Veterinary officer will provide guidance and instruction on using and returning the sampling kit. DPIR offices in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs will return replenished sampling kits to the property when submitted as part of a disease investigation. To get a PM sampling kit for your property, please contact your local Regional Veterinary or Livestock Biosecurity Officer.

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