Although he considered that Australia had been particularly fortunate in regard to the non-introduction of serious contagious diseases, Mr. M. Henry, M.R.C.V.S., B.V.Sc, stated at he annual conference of the Institute of Stock Inspectors yesterday that there was a possibility of animals, illicitly introduced into the north of Australia, bringing with them such a serious disease as rabies. It had been suggested that the limitations which were placed on the importation of animals were too rigid, but these methods brought us as close to complete safety as possible.
Much Interest, Mr. Henry continued, centred on anthrax in New South Wales at present. This was at one time serious in this State, but the risk was gradually decreasing, and Australian wool held a high reputation through the consistent absence of anthrax.
The position in regard to pleuro-pneumonia was better than hitherto, but could be much more greatly improved. The North Coast was free from it, and the South Coast was almost a clean area. Sydney, however, was a disease centre.
In the prevention of the spread of the cattle tick no other country without the assistance of natural causes had done as well as New South Wales. Mr. Henry believed the working of a slaughtering establishment at Byron Bay, in tending to draw the cattle towards it from other parts of the State, would assist in checking the spread and effecting the eradication of the ticks.
Weeds which are poisonous to stock were described by Mr. E. Cheel, F.L.S., of the Botanic Gardens. He explained the appearance of the various danger plants, exhibiting a large number of specimens, and outlined the effect of the different poisons on various classes of stock.