Cattle tick zones change

Following a review of the Territory’s cattle tick management program, livestock owners are being asked to check cattle tick zones and movement restrictions as there have been changes to the cattle tick control and infected areas.

The Parkhurst infected zone now includes Kakadu National Park and the township of Jabiru.

The cattle tick infected zone has been updated to include four properties previously in the cattle tick control zone that are focused on live export markets and therefore have no requirement to remain within the cattle tick control zone to facilitate the domestic movement of cattle.

The new map is available from the Northern Territory Government website.

Livestock owners can review movement conditions by reading the factsheet.

Cattle tick is a serious pest in the NT, affecting many livestock including cattle, horses, buffalo, camel and goats. Parkhurst ticks (a strain resistant to commonly-used chemical treatments) were first detected in the NT in 1999.

An extensive survey will be undertaken in 2020 to assess the effectiveness of the Parkhurst infected zone and determine whether Parkhurst strain cattle tick has spread outside this zone or been introduced to other properties from interstate.

For more information, please see the Northern Territory Government website.

Last updated: 12 December 2019

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