Do you know about Anthrax? When was the last outbreak? Where was the last outbreak?
A webinar titled "Redefined anthrax belt – are you in it and what you need to know." will be hosted by FutureBeef.
Tuesday 14 August.
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Anthrax spores can survive in the soil and be inactive for decades. A slight disturbance in the soil can result in an outbreak on your property, and can cause sporadic and sudden death of stock.
Due to a wide variety of reasons property owners may not and have not been able to accurately determine the cause of death and isolated anthrax cases may have been attributed to other causes of death. Particularly during dry times and in regions affected by Pimelea.
Recent outbreaks around Dirranbandi, has brought local producers up to speed on what to look for, but a recent research publication ‘Redefining the Australian anthrax belt’ (Barro et al., 2016) indicates that it shouldn’t just be your immediate neighbours on the lookout.
The research paper suggests that the area suitable for an outbreak of anthrax extends in a large land area from north of Roma, throughout the central western areas of New South Wales and Victoria and into the south-eastern corner of South Australia. While many of the redefined and/or predicted areas haven’t seen anthrax for some time, the bacteria only needs to be ‘seeded’ in the soil where it can survive for an extended period of time.
In this webinar, Dr Jonathan Lee (Principal Veterinary Officer – Department of Agriculture and Fisheries), will help you:
• Understand how anthrax comes about,
• What to look out for, and
• How to prevent it.