A meeting of the Albury P.P. Board was held on Wednesday. Present :—Dr. Arthur Andrews (chairman), Directors J. P. Smithenbecker, W. H. George, J. H. Lindner and G. Howard. An apology was received from Mr. Leahy.
From Walla Walla Farmers and Settlers' Association requesting that William Victor Baikie be appointed a sub-agent at Walla to issue permits for travelling stock. —Dealt with in the stock inspector's report.
From Chief Inspector of Stock, forwarding the following resolution passed at the inaugural conference of the Institute of Stock Inspectors and Pastures Protection Board officials :—"That 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." The Minister, although in favour of granting some allowance to the officials in question, owing to the advanced cost of living, etc., before coming to a decision would be glad to know whether the aboard had any representation to make on the matter.— Moved by Mr. Smithenbecker, seconded by Mr. Lindner, that the matter be held over till next meeting, and to be noted as special business for the next meeting. Carried.
From Messrs. T. J. Plunkett, Chas. Mullavey and John M'Brien, requesting the board to take some steps towards the eradication of rabbits on the six-chain stock route. They suggested letting the reserve.—No action, pending the decision of Commissioner Burgess re the taking over of the reserve.
From Messrs. Dalgety and Co., on behalf of Mr. Vickers, applying for a refund of £68/5/ for a renewed permit on 6500 sheep from Albury to Narandera— Held over till further information is obtained.
From Department of Lands, re removal of sand from T.S.R. No. 43,339 at Henty, asking whether the board had any objection.—The chairman said the granting of the request would interfere with the road. The inspector said he did not favour the removal of sand, as it would render the road dangerous to stock.—It was decided to object to the proposal.
From P.P. Board Condobolin, re matter of taking proceedings for offences under the P.P. Act. The board thought that an amendment of the act was necessary, so that "an information or complaint for offences dealt with summarily under the act may be laid or made at any time within two years from the time when the matter of the information or complaint arose."—Not supported.
From Urana P.P. Board, re sheep infested with tick and lice coming into the district. The board had decided to circularise adjoining boards with a view to their instructing their inspectors and acting inspector (including directors) to be sure that permits to travel sheep were only granted for sheep that were not infested or had been dipped.—No action.
From Singleton P.P. Board, forwarding for cooperation the following suggestions for inclusion in any bills introduced for the purpose of amending acts administered by the P.P. Boards :—(1) That provision be made under which owners of one or more head of large stock, or ten sheep, or more, shall be liable to be rated, the minimum amount for any year to be 1/ ; (2) that the Stock Act be amended so as to provide that it shall be compulsory upon all owners of stock, after the month's ownership, to brand such stock with their registered brands, and that it shall not be necessary to show on travelling statements any other than the most recent brand.—No action.
From Armidale P.P. Board re diseases in stock, advocating the establishment of veterinary bureaus throughout New England and other districts of New South Wales. The board considered that the severe losses of sheep in that district during the last two seasons presented the urgent need for the Government establishment of such bureaus.—No action.
The bank showed a credit balance of £1004/2/2.
Stock Inspector's Report.
Inspector Wilks Reported :—Pastures— Fair to good, but somewhat backward for September, considering the past few months' rainfall. Water Supply and General Health of Stock—Good. Footrot in Sheep—More prevalent than in previous years; fairly-active measures taken (paring and dressing with medicaments) with very good results. A pleuro outbreak has occurred on one holding among cattle introduced from an adjacent district. All cattle on the holding have been innoculated and isolated, and are being kept under the usual quarantine restrictions. T.S. and C. reserves are in fair to good order, trespass nominal, but constant attention has to be given to combat same, especially the local stock, which more particularly occurs about this time of year. Young rabbits are getting numerous, and it will be necessary for some steps to be taken if the reserves are to be kept free from the pest. Sheep Tick and Louse—The latter are more in evidence lately than they should be, although not sufficiently numerous on individual mobs of sheep to warrant my taking the drastic measures the present regulations allow. There cannot be any doubt but that the parasite is becoming more prevalent among our flocks. Dipping of Sheep—in view of the increase of sheep louse among our flocks I recommend that the board consider and discuss the matter of taking action towards getting dipping made compulsory by law. Undoubtedly sheep louse is increasing and spreading, and my experience teaches me that by no other means, however drastic, will the evil be got rid of. I further say, however long the matter be delayed, compulsory dipping in the future (and that no distant) will become law and the sooner it does the greater the benefit to our national wealth.
The chairman said the suggestion in the report re compulsory dipping was most important.
The inspector (Mr. Wilks) said lice were on the increase throughout the State generally. He had reliable information to the effect that birds added to the spread of lice. He believed that the large mobs of starlings were largely responsible for them.
Mr. Smithenbecker said he was strongly in favour of compulsory dipping. He moved that the report be adopted, and that the chief inspector be communicated with, with a view to having the inspector's suggestions placed before the Minister. Seconded by Mr. George, and carried.
Mr. Smithenbecker moved that the Albury Municipal Council be asked to erect a dip at the Albury sale yards. Seconded by Mr. Lindner, and carried.
Rabbit Inspector's Report.
Inspector Plunkett reported that since last board meeting it had been necessary for him to give notice to various landowners to take steps to destroy rabbits at Bungowannah, Culcairn, Gerogery, Wallandool. He also reported a large increase in the numbers of rabbits on several holdings, and on very many of the travelling stock and camping reserves. This was owing to the favourable breeding season, as large numbers of kittens were to be seen both on the holdings and reserves. Notice to destroy had been served on the owners and occupiers of holdings, and some action would have to be taken in regard to the reserves. Since last meeting he had visited C. and T. S. 2011, parish of Albury, and seized for impounding nine head of horses belonging to the Albury common.
The reports were adopted.
Leave of absence was granted to the secretary for three weeks. The chairman remarked that Mr. Roxburgh had not had a holiday for three years.