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ISHEEP MOVEMENT ORDERS.

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SHEEP MOVEMENT ORDERS. Why cannot Departmental Orders be made as plain as the proverbial pike-stair According' to a report of the Breconshire Executive Committee, which appears 111 another column, there seems to be eol" siderable doubt as to the exact terms of is- the Black Mountain Dipping Order, Ths sued by the Board of Agriculture. area which the Order affects is a very ixn- portant one, comprising, as it does, the greater part of the Brecknock Forest, upon which there are depastured, pro- bably something like 20,000 sheep belonging to Breconshire farmers. The Executive, so we understand, suggeste d sometime ago to the Board that the Order in force last year should be continued. The Board, so it appears, acceded to the request, and have issued another order, apparently similar in character. From the discussion at the committee on Fnday, however, we gather the date has been altered, whereby te period in which most of the exchanges 111 sheep take place in that district is includ- ed. At the committee referred to one prominent farmer, who we believe is also the Board s correspondent for the county, characterised the Order as "a great muddle." If it be so, it. is very regret- table, since these orders are made for the benefit of the farmers, and no one else. Such orders have hitherto been of great use in the eradication and prevention of sheep-scab, but, if the dates nxed unnecessarily disadvan- tages the farmer in his business, or places him at an inconvenience which could be easily remedied without hurt to the object of the Order, something, sure- ly, must be wrong. Why cannot these .orders be set forth in plain and simple terms which would be understandable, so as to admit of no doubt in their interpre- tation? This particular order appears to be so complicated that those who are charged with its administration appear to be at variance as to its meaning. So far as we can judge from the trend of the dis- cussion at the committee's meeting, the misunderstanding might have been avoided had the Board taken the wise course of nrst consulting the com- mittee, or, at least, some prominent farmers in the county. In the meantime, we hope the committee's request will be regarded and matters sighted. (