An important conference commenced in Sydney yesterday (Monday), when the stock-inspectors of the various Pastures Protection districts of New South Wales met to consider the advisability of inaugurating an institute to conserve their interests, and those of stockowners. Mr. J. Brett (Bathurst) occupied the chair. Every P.P. district was represented by its inspector, and the formal business having been disposed of, the following motion of loyalty was passed:—
"That this Institute in conference assembled places on record its unswerving loyalty to the cause of Great Britain and her Allies, its firm belief in the righteous ness of that cause, and its unswerving determination to assist in every way possible in upholding the hands of those in authority in prosecuting the war until a victorious peace is secured."
Owing to a prior engagement, the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. W. A. Grahame), the Under-Secretary, Department of Agriculture (Mr. Valder) delivered the opening address. Referring to the excellent work performed by the annual conferences of the inspectors in other branches of the department, he expressed a hope that the stock-inspectors would use their yearly meetings for the purpose of obtaining information and supplying it to the department. He had hoped that the veterinary farm would have been established by this time, but unfortunately various obstacles had delayed its establishment. However, these obstacles had now been overcome, and by next year it would be ready for their inspection. There were many diseases of stock in New South Wales that had never been thoroughly investigated, and the farm would provide a means of carrying on this work. The stock-inspectors could assist the farm greatly by sending specimens to the staff, for research purposes. He said that much good work could have been accomplished already but for the lack of cooperation between the officers, but fortunately this was now in the way of being overcome.
Mr. Valder said that in other countries veterinary farms were carried on without the assistance of the state, and he hoped that after a time matters would have reached such a stare that wealthy landowners would do as they were doing in other countries, and would endow the farm or donate substantial sums of money for the purpose of carrying on important investigations.
Mr. S. T. D. Symons, M.R.C.V.S., Chief Inspector of Stock, read an interesting paper on "Imported stock, and the quarantine laws governing the introduction of same," which will be published in an early Issue. Other papers are to be read by departmental experts during the week.