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Vet looks back as global role taken
Long-serving Clutha Vets veterinarian John Smart has taken
on an exciting new role. Diane Bishop reports.
APPOINTED: Clutha Vets veterinarian John Smart is the new president of the International Sheep
Who are they and what do they do?
International meetings of sheep
veterinarians have taken place every four
years around the world since 1985, but no
formal structure existed to arrange for
After many years of talks the International
Sheep Veterinary Association was
established during the International Sheep
Veterinary Congress in Norway in 2009.
The aim of the association was to promote
and improve the sheep farming industry
internationally, with special emphasis on
its veterinary aspects.
It was also set up to act as the official voice
of the veterinary profession on all matters
Clutha vet John Smart is pleased that
sheep still outnumber dairy cows in the
He has a special interest in the woolly
wonders and now he's the international
voice on all things sheep-related after he
was appointed president of the Inter-
national Sheep Veterinary Association at
the organisation's eighth international
congress in Rotorua earlier this year.
It's a huge honour for the outspoken
60-year-old, who has worked tirelessly to
help farmers deal with problems such as
Salmonella Brandenburg, which causes
ewes to abort their lambs and die.
He has also aided farmers with watery
mouth in lambs, internal parasites, lice
control and cobalt deficiency.
But he views his new role as more that of
''I don't expect it will be too taxing unless
we have an outbreak of sheep flu,'' he said.
Smart has been based at Clutha Vets
Animal Centre in Balclutha for the past 37
years since he graduated from Massey
University with a Bachelor of Veterinary
Science in 1975.
As a fresh-faced 22-year-old, he was one of
three vets (there are now 10) servicing
sheep, beef, deer and dairy farmers in the
''I had two specifications when I left
Massey,'' he said.
''I wanted to work in the South Island and
I wanted to work in a rural practice.''
In the early years, he also worked with
small animals, but sheep remain his
passion and he enjoys the variety of work
he gets with them.
''I quite like sheep farmers too -- they are
good to deal with,'' he said.
The reason he has stayed in Balclutha so
long is simple. He loves the small rural
town where he lives with wife Lois and
where they raised their three adult
Smart, who has a regular spot on The
Farming Show on radio, has also penned a
couple of books for farmers.
He wrote about cobalt deficiency in sheep
in 1994 and two years later that was
followed by The Little Red Parasite Book.
They are two issues he's particularly
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he was
swept up in the Salmonella Brandenburg
epidemic and worked with scientists to
create a vaccine. ''It (Salmonella Branden-
burg) was very painful for a lot of farmers,
but professionally it was interesting.''
About 300 farms in Otago and Southland
were recorded by laboratory diagnosis as
having Salmonella Brandenburg, but
Smart said this was a ''gross under-
representation'' of the spread of the
disease as many farmers didn't report it.
The disease has continued to ''come and
go'' depending on flock immunity and was
now in a trough after a few years of
experiencing a wave in affected farms, he
During his 37 years as a vet, he had
witnessed a major swing to dairy but said
there were still four times as many sheep
in the Clutha District with about 700
sheep, beef and deer farms compared with
140 dairy farms.
The sheep industry had also made huge
strides in production, he said.
''In the early 1980s we were struggling to
get 100 per cent lambing and 13 to 14
''Now we're knocking on a national
average of 130 per cent lambing and 18kg
lambs and that's massive.''
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