Moving horses and livestock below the tick line

Under the Livestock Act, all horses and livestock are required to be treated for cattle tick under the supervision of a Livestock Biosecurity Officer BEFORE any movement commences.

You must give at least three days notice (72 hours) and you must then move the horse no more than two days after the treatment.

The cattle tick line is located at Dunmarra. These conditions apply to all stock including cattle, buffaloes, horses, sheep, goats and camels. The reason for this regulation is to prevent the spread of cattle ticks.

For livestock moving out of the Parkhurst Zone, the Parkhurst cattle tick line is located at Pine Creek. These conditions apply to all stock including cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats and camels except horses and donkeys which must be treated before moving over the cattle tick line at Dunmarra or the border to Westerna Australia or Queensland.

Animal Biosecurity Services

WEEKDAYS (no GST) - FEES

WEEKEND & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS - FEES

Cattle tick inspection and supervision of treatment * $46.00 set visit fee
+ $1.15 per head
$103.00 set visit fee
+ $1.15 per head
Weekend Horse tick inspection & treatment (No Fee for weekday)

N/A

$149.00 set visit fee
+ $1.15 per head
Supply Health Certificate for interstate livestock movement $33.00 per certificate $66.00 per certificate
Supply Property of Origin Health Declaration $33.00 per certificate $66.00 per certificate
Investigations to follow up breaches of the Livestock Act $34.00 per half hour N/A
* if a tick inspection is for interstate movement a health certificate charge of $33.00 will also be added

Note: Payment by Credit Card is required at time of service.

Why are there no charges for horses during the week?

Horses are a secondary host and low risk species for cattle tick. Inspection and treatment for cattle tick is undertaken to protect the cattle industry. Horses are moved frequently within the Territory for work and events and will still be required to undergo inspection and treatments to meet movement requirements. Fees will only be charged for inspection and treatment of horses on weekends and public holidays.

What can you do to help prevent the spread of cattle tick?

  • follow correct transport practices when moving animals on and off your property
  • contact your local Livestock Biosecurity Officer for animal inspections or supervised treatments.

Three days (72 hours) notice is required for all horse sprays and livestock dipping.

Bookings are made by contacting the Livestock Biosecurity Officer in your Region:

Darwin

Regional Livestock Biosecurity Officer - tel: 08 8999 2034
Livestock Biosecurity Officer - tel: 08 8999 2030

Katherine

Regional Livestock Biosecurity Officer - tel: 08 8973 9767
Livestock Biosecurity Officer - tel: 08 8973 9765

Tennant Creek

Principal Livestock Biosecurity Officer - tel: 08 8962 4458

Livestock Biosecurity Officer - tel: 08 8962 4492

Alice Springs

Regional Livestock Biosecurity Office - tel: 08 8951 8125

For more information visit the Department of Primary Industry and Resources website.

Last updated: 08 June 2018