The argument for government involvement in sheep lice control

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1994
Authors:B. H. G. Pearse, Carpenter T. E.
Journal:Wool Technology and Sheep Breeding
Volume:42
Issue:2
Pagination:129 - 143
Date Published:1994
Keywords:involvement, lice, Queensland, sheep
Abstract:

The role of government agencies in livestock health. with particular reference to sheep lice (Bovicola ovis), is examined. In consideration of this involvement, it is necessary to examine the distribution of benefits between producers and consumers and between the private production units and the wider community. Further, in an export-oriented industry like the wool industry, most of the benefits of a disease control program accruing to consumers will be to overseas rather than domestic consumers. A private cost benefit analysis (CBA) is undertaken to demonstrate the benefits to the individual wool grower of investment in improved fencing and dips to control lice and the major components of a social CBA are discussed. The most important arguments for government involvement in sheep lice control relate to the externalities of a contagious disease, the maintenance of overseas markets and workplace health and safety.

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