Last Friday the stock inspectors, who had been having a conference during the week, paid a visit to the Glenfield Veterinary Station, which is a little further on the Great Southern Line than Liverpool. There was quite a good muster, including the Chief Inspector, Mr. Max Henry. The party were met on arrival by Dr. Seddon, who delivered a very interesting address.
The doctor gave a brief outline of the chief work that the station was engaged in. There was the stagger weed, which produced staggers. It was found that the young plant was harmful, but the older plants which had lost their seed were harmless. It was in the seed that the danger lurked. There was another weed that they were experimenting with that caused trouble something like staggers. The white lily on the South Coast, which produces scouring, was also being dealt with, as were also other plants that had more or less an evil effect on stock.
Fodder poisoning, black disease, chicken cholera and many other matters were receiving attention at the station, and stockowners had every reason to be thankful that such troubles were being carefully and scientifically dealt with.
Dr. Seddon, who was most ably assisted by Mr. Carne, an officer at the station, killed a couple of calves and went through the whole of their organs, and gave some most useful information whilst he was doing so. The calves were suffering from fodder poisoning. His remarks were most attentively listened to, and were of considerable value and importance to his audience of stock inspectors.
After partaking of lunch, which had been provided by the Stock Department, Mr. Faulkner who had recently been elected President of the Institute of Inspectors of Stock of N.S.W., proposed a vote of thanks to the Doctor and Mr. Carne for their most interesting lectures and demonstrations.
Mr. Max Henry also said a few words, expressing pleasure at seeing the inspectors present, and pointing out the value of Glenfield. Dr. Seddon also replied, and thanked the inspectors for the remarks they had made, and assured them that he was only too glad to show them anything, and trusted that they would benefit from the outing.
During the afternoon other matters of interest were shown the visitors, and a particularly interesting time was spent in the laboratory. Here the various methods of conducting experiments were explained, and a guinea-pig that had died from an injection of anthrax microbe was opened up. The Doctor explained that this microbe, which is one of the most virulent we have is only 8000th part of an inch long, and 25,000th part of an inch in width. It will, therefore, be seen that it is only a little fellow to cause the trouble he does.
The visit was a most interesting one and showed conclusively that the Department is wide awake to the importance of doing something to combat the evils that stock are liable to.
In Dr. Seddon they have a man in a thousand. He is highly educated in this particular work, and is very keen and a great worker. He was in the Agricultural Department in New Zealand before going over to the Melbourne University, and from there he went to Glenfield. Nothing is a trouble to him, and he was ready to answer any question, and there were many asked, that the inspectors cared to put to him.
The Department is certainly to be congratulated on the efficiency of this station, and stockowners throughout the State will in time to come, wake up to the fact that they have a place that is doing such splendid work in their in terests.