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The Land, Friday 5 April 1918, page 13

P.P. Board Officials.

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At the inaugural conference of the P.P. Board Officials of New South Wales, the following motions were carried :

That in the opinion of this body it is advisable that a veterinary museum be founded in connection with the Stock Department, and that the members of the institute do all in their power to procure suitable specimens of educational value.

That with the view to economy and efficiency it is desirable that all work carried on by the Government department in relation to animal breeding, control of diseases in animals, meat inspection, and matters of a kindred nature, be placed under the control of the chief veterinary officer of the Department of Agriculture.

That recognising the fact that there does not exist an Australian treatise of diseases in stock, that stock inspectors of New South Wales be asked to compile papers bearing on the different diseases in their district, and that at a subsequent conference the cooperation of the stock departments of Oueensland, Victoria, and South Australia, and other sections of the Commonwealth, be asked to assist in the compilation of such work.

That in the event of the Veterinary Surgeons Bill becoming law representations to the Minister for Agriculture be made beforehand, asking that provision be made for the registration of stock inspectors as veterinary surgeons after three years from date of appointment.

That the Minister for Agriculture be urged to bring before Parliament at an early date the Brands Bill, previously submitted, so as to allow of the cancellation of a large number of unused brands, the owners of which have in many instances been deceased for years.

That in the interests of stockowners generally, the Minister be strongly urged to proceed with the early presentation to Parliament of the Veterinary Surgeons Bill.

That the present system of paying an Inspector of Stock a salary out of which he has to find his equipment and travelling expenses constitutes a tax on the energetic officer, and is against the best interests of the working of the department. In the opinion of this conference the salary should be a net amount, and expenses allowed at so much per day while away from headquarters.

Where an officer is solely employed as a rabbit inspector, his minimum salary should be £300 a year, with a forage allowance that should also cover the wear and tear of equipment.

That in view of the sacrifices made by two brother officers, Messrs. Flood and McPherson—who volunteered for active service abroad, this conference elects these gentlemen honorary members of the institute.

The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, Mr. E. V. Dawson; vice-presidents, Messrs. C. Brooks and C. R. Brett; council, Messrs. C. Dargin (Sydney), F. W. Gavel (Dubbo), E. .A. Lucas (Nyngan), W. J. Smith (Young), F. H. White (Mudgee), C. J. Woollett (Tamworth), E. J. O'Connor (Coonamble), E. A. Hickey (Yass), R. J. Spinks (Lismore), and G. C. Shaw (Nyngan).

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 where 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 stockowners 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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