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History of Pastures Protection Boards in NSW
The “PP Boards” (currently known as Livestock Health and Pest Authorities) had their genesis in a remarkably successful livestock health program in the 19th century (sheep scab eradication), and they still play an important role in livestock health, as well as pest management.
Those from other states (and countries) – and even some from within NSW – often know little about ‘PP Boards’ (LHPAs), and still less about their history.
I mentioned Sheep Scab and its eradication in a recent WormMail. [https://wormmailinthecloud.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/wrml-managing-goat-worm-challenges-ag-today-sept-2012-the-basics-of-sheep-and-goat-worm-control-do-you-smell-lhpas-and-sheep-scab/
The article referred to can be found here: http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/avhs/milestones/sheep.pdf
The system/infrastructure arising from the Sheep Scab eradication campaign in NSW was known as Pastures Protection Boards for most of its history. Between a stint in private practice in the Hunter Valley, and working in a veterinary laboratory, I was a ‘Veterinary Inspector’ (now called ‘District Veterinarians”) with various PP Boards in the north and west of the state in the 1970s and 1980s. It was a very educational (in a positive way) part of my working life.
After a review the system was known for a time as Rural Lands Protection Boards.
A further revamp produced a name change to Livestock Health and Pest Authorities – http://www.lhpa.org.au/ – and fewer districts. See map pasted below (LHPA boundaries in red; (superseded) RLPB boundaries in grey).
The organisation has recently undergone another review. (Outcome awaited)
Now to the history.
District Veterinarian Alan Taylor kindly forwarded me a brief history of PP Boards written by Don McGregor and presented to the former Carcoar Pastures Protection Board in 1975. (Attached as a PDF).History of PP Board-Don McGregor-cleaned up- sent 201209 by Alan Taylor
Former District Veterinarian, Barry Kemp (Forbes district) apparently has also written a history, but I have yet to locate it. (I was unable to find it on ‘Flock and Herd’ http://www.flockandherd.net.au/ ).
I never got to see sheep scab (Psoroptes ovis ) (of course; I would have to go to Britain, Europe etc to do that?), but I think I may be one of the few Australian vets still living who has seen ked (Melophagus ovinus) in sheep (while I was the vet at the Glen Innes PP Board).
More information on sheep scab: http://nahis.animalhealthaustralia.com.au/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Factsheet.113-2?skin=factsheet
Updated article/list on chemicals for lice/flies in sheep
Normally I keep WormMail free of lice and flies, but…..
Edward Joshua advises this information has been updated.
Here are Ed’s details:
District Livestock Officer (Sheep and Wool) – NSW Sheep Ectoparasite Control Coordinator
NSW Department of Primary Industries – Extensive Livestock Industries Development
PO Box 865, Cnr Cobra and Hampden Streets, Dubbo NSW 2830
T: 02 6881 1275 F: 02 6881 1295 M:0428 285 987
E: edward.joshua W: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au
More advice from Ed:
Sometimes I put e&oe on my emails.
Someone asked what it meant.
Here is my answer:
” e&oe = ‘errors and omissions excepted’….
… especially used by lawyers on the bottom of the invoice they send you….in case they undercharge…. ”
Hoping the Swans and The Storm win on the weekend.
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