The annual conference of the Institute of Stock Inspectors of New South Wales was opened in the School of Arts, Pitt-street, to-day, by Mr G. Valder, Under-Secretary, Department of Agriculture. About 50 members were present.
At the request of the president, (Mr E. A. Hamilton, Moss Vale) the proceedings were opened by the singing of the National Anthem and three cheers, to mark the Institute's appreciation of Empire Day.
The Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Dunn, sent an apology for his absence in the country.
Mr. Valder said in important part of a stock inspector's work was in instruction of owners regarding the eradication of diseases. In that field the man with practical experience was often as useful as the scientifically qualified man, and the annual conference was recognised by the department as a valuable means of improving the inspectors' knowledge.
The department advised by a committee, Mr. Valder said, had granted a sum of £8000 a year to combat the prickly pear pest which had an important bearing on the success of stock raising. Other subjects that were being studied were the conservation of fodder, in which the department was always willing to help those who would help themselves.
The department, Mr. Valder concluded, would always welcome the criticism and advice of the stock inspectors regarding the problems of the man in the back-country, and the department's methods of coping with such problems.
Mr. S. T. D. Symons, Chief Inspector of Stock, also spoke.
The president. Mr. Hamilton, paid a tribute to Mr. Symons' devotion to his work, and his helpfulness to every stock inspector under his jurisdiction.