LIVESTOCK owners will wait until March next year before learning if their cattle are infected after a Bovine Johne's disease outbreak in Rockhampton.

Biosecurity Queensland moved swiftly to contain the contagion in late November, contacting all 150 properties which received cattle from an infected beef stud farm.

However, testing and assessments are likely to take more than 12 weeks.

In the interim, BQ has created an industry liaison officer to work with affected producers.

The Department of Agriculture's former chief vet Dr Ron Glanville will take on the role.

Agricultural Minister John McVeigh said Dr Glanville worked to eradicate the outbreak of Equine Influenza from the state in 2008.

Risk assessment papers have now been sent to those potentially affected by the disease, which poses no threat to humans but can cause dehydration and death for cattle.

Those concerned about a BJD infection on their property are to contact authorities on 132 523.


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