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Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 1 April 1918, page 5



At the conference of the Institute of P.P. Board officers of New South Wales, Mr. S. Dodd, D.V.S.C., F.R.C.V.S., read an interesting paper on international parasites of live stock, and dealt extensively with the different species which attacked stock. Taking a general survey of the subject the lecturer pointed out that drought conditions a few years ago were responsible for the carrying of parasite diseases in stock, especially sheep, in localities were such diseases were rarely in evidence. The reason was that during the drought stock were removed from the dry districts to places where feed was obtainable and the conditions moist. There the animals became infested with internal parasites, and on their return carried parasites back with them to areas where trouble of this nature was previously of little economic moment. The consequence of this was that they must expect to receive reports of losses from internal parasites from such areas for the next few seasons until normal conditions again prevailed. When they considered the economic loss direct to the owner and indirect to the State from the actual death of stock due to parasites, they were all agreed that the more they knew about the lives and habits of the pest the more valuable would be their services to stock owners and the State.

The following resolution was carried at the P.P. Board Officials' Conference. On this resolution the stock Inspectors did not vote: "That we, the secretaries and rabbit inspectors of P.P. boards here in conference assembled, desire to dissociate ourselves entirely from the remarks of the secretary and rabbit inspector of the Bathurst P.P. Board, as reported in the daily Press. We are satisfied with the constitution of the institute; we think that both secretaries and rabbit inspectors will derive great benefits from it; and we would urge all secretaries and rabbit inspectors to become members and actively support the movement."


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