Taenia ovis, Sheepmeat, Meat quality, Disease control
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In the first seven months of 1968 Australia exported to the United States 17 747 tons of boned mutton; of this 2 198 tons, or 12.4 per cent, was condemned on arrival in that country.
The main cause of rejection was the presence of Cystkercus ovis cysts, the intermediate stage of the tapeworm Taenia ovis, of which the definitive host is the dog.
In 1969 the Western Australian Department of Agriculture decided to study the epidemiology of this disease.
This was the beginning of the work which would evolve into the 'Three Shire Control Programme'
White, J B.
"The sheep measles control programme,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 16
, Article 3.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol16/iss2/3