Speaking yesterday at the conference of the Institute of Stock Inspectors, the president. Mr. E. A. Hamilton, said tuberculosis in cattle was noticeably on the decline in the dairying districts. This, he believed, was largely contributed to by the stockowners' attitude towards the disease. The was when the farmer resented the visit of the inspector, and kept suspected animals out of sight. Now, however, the stockowners showed an earnest desire to free their herds from the disease, and they recognised that the best means of achieving this end was to at once get rid of suspected animals. Consequently inspectors received many calls to examine suspects.
Mr. Hamilton went on to refer to the interesting report of Sir Joseph Carruthers on South Coast conditions and the existence of stock diseases. Sir Joseph Carruthers, he said, had quoted a Kiama witness, Mr. Honey, as saying that he had visits from many inspectors, none of whom were any use to him. If this statement was correct, the witness must have a very bad memory. There had been two dairy inspectors in the Kiama district—Messrs. S. T. D. Symons and T. V. Bloomfield—who had rendered notably good service, and had gained the full confidence of the farmers. There were very few farmers in the district who had not received valuable assistance from one or both of these inspectors. It was largely to their educational work that the marked decrease in tuberculosis could be ascribed. It was, for instance, on Mr. Honey's farm that the first demonstration on tubercular disease on the South Coast had been carried out by Mr. Edward Stanley.