Deadly tick fever spreads south to Alstonville
By Peter Caton
THE devastating outbreak of cattle tick fever which killed a dozen cows on a Burringbar dairy has spread to Alstonville.
Government inspectors yesterday afternoon tracked a herd of miniature Dexter cattle which had been on a farm near the Burringbar dairy to a property at Alstonville.
They said another two cattle had died on that property.
Department of Primary Industries chief vet Dr Bruce Christie said the second farm had been placed in quarantine but the remaining 51 head of cattle on the property were not showing any signs of the disease.
Veterinary investigators went to the property as it had purchased an entire herd of Dexter cattle from a neighbour of the Burringbar dairy.