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Sheep and Cattle Act.

It is very desirable that those interested m stock should peruse the new Sheep and Oattle Acti just passed, the fqtmer of which is now m force, the Cattle Act coming into operation on the Ist January next. Among the new provisions of the Sheep Act may be noticed that the annual return of sheep is to be made a month earlier. Tho possession of infected sheep is dealt with m a different manner than by the Ac! of 1878. The clauses affecting I sheep infected with lice are most important, as under section 50, if any owner of sheep infected with lice allows his sheep to stray upon a highway he is liable to a penalty of £1 for every day they are so driven or suffered to stray ; and, by section 51, if sheep infected with lice are offered for sale m a private yard they are liable to a penalty a.s if offered m a public saleyard. 'Section - 66 provides that notice must be given to all neighbours previous to mustering for nearly any purpose, and also assists persons to recover stray sheep from neighbours. Section 67 provides that all sheep must be wool-branded at once after shearing before they leave the woolshed. Sections 72, 73, and 74 relate to ear-marking sheep, but they do not take effect until an Order m Council to that effect is issued on the petition of the majority of the owners of sheep m any district or subdivision of a district. The Cattle Act comes into force on Ist January next. Section 6 enforces a cattle notice to be given before driving any herd of cattle across a run or a hundred or a commonage. Section 8 treats as to destroying diseased cattle found m puidic yards or auction yards, and section 9 empowers an inspector to reqtiire any' ovvnoi- to cWitroy nny tlisn.ased cattle he may have. Sections 10, 11, and 12 enact that pigs are not to be fed with the carcase of any diseased cattle. That the carcase of any dead cattle or horses must bo burned or buried if within half a milo of a road under a penalty of not less than 10s ; also, that no dead carcase be thrown into any water under a penalty of not less than £5. Section 13 provides that if any person interested should neglect to prosecute' the inspector is hereby required to prosecute for any fines or penalties incurred by any breach of this Act.

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Sheep and Cattle Act., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2527, 25 September 1890

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Sheep and Cattle Act. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2527, 25 September 1890

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