The inaugural meeting arid conference of the Institute of Pastures' Protection Board officials was opened to-day under the presidency of Mr. Valder, Director of Agriculture. Forty stock inspectors were present. It was resolved in the interests of the officials employed under the Act that an association be formed. The conference adopted a loyalty resolution, affirming its determination to assist in up holding the hands of those in authority in prosecuting the war until a victorious peace is secured.
The president said there were many diseases of stock which had not been specifically studied. Now the Government had acquired an area of land for a stock farm, he hoped good results would be obtained and a competent staff be attached to the farm. Its success would depend in a large measure on the co-operation received from the P.P. Board officials in forwarding specimens and helping the staff to determine the volume of diseases and the best way of treating them.