The annual conference of the Institute of Inspectors of Stock was continued yesterday in the Lecture Hall at the Department of Education. The president (Mr. J. Faulkner) presided.
It was moved by Mr. F. F. Forster (Goulburn) that conference support the proposal that contributions from the P.P. boards' funds be allotted to assist the veterinary research work at Glenfield and Sydney University. It was stated that it had been proposed that all boards should contribute each year 1/ per 1000 sheep and /8 per 100 large stock.
The president said that he was not opposed to veterinary research work, but he considered that the taxpayers as a whole should bear the cost of it. The city dwellers would benefit just as much as the stockowners.
The motion was defeated.
On the motion of Mr. T. Freeman (Urana), It was decided that the P.P. Act should be amended to make ear-marking of sheep compulsory.
Mr. Watson (stock branch) informed the conference that the Minister bad already approved of an amendment of the Act to provide for compulsory ear-marking.
Mr. T. Freeman (Urana) moved that the department be requested to make dipping compulsory in the eastern and central divisions.
Mr. F. T. Yeoman (Narrandera) said that, notwithstanding the fact that dipping was compulsory in South Australia and Victoria, sheep lice had increased in those States.
Mr. T. K. Ryan (Coonamble) opposed compulsory dipping, and contended that there was already ample power to combat lice. If an inspector of stock found sheep infested he could compel the owner to dip, and inspectors had power to quarantine until the animals were dipped.
The motion was rejected.
Mr. E. A. Lucas (Hume) moved that some effort be made to reduce the over-increasing clerical queries received from the department. He said that his object was to save time and make the work more efficient.
Mr. F. Hildred (Jerilderie) said that the tendency was to compel inspectors to carry out more office work at the expense of field work.
Mr. Watson (stock branch) explained that a good deal of the clerical work was the result of collecting live stock statistics, as there were differences between the figures supplied to the Government Statistician by the police and the stock inspectors. The department must have correct information, but it had endeavoured to relieve stock inspectors of as much office work as possible.
The motion was withdrawn.
The conference agreed to the following motions:—
That the law be amended to provide that, irrespective of distance to be travelled, or whether such stock are being removed from one holding to another of the same owner, all travelling stock using a travelling stock reserve should be liable to a travelling rate; all stock carried by vehicle and stock crossing a travelling stock route to be exempt.
That it should be made compulsory for all drovers in charge of travelling stock, when passing the town of an inspector's centre, to report to the inspector and police by the section of the Act applying to notice to owners.
That the travelling statement be abolished. That it should be illegal for any drover in charge of travelling stock to leave such stock unattended on any travelling or camping reserve; and that such stock may be impounded as trespassing stock.
That the cattle disease known as "Actinobacillosis" should be proclaimed under the Stock Diseases Act.
That a strong protest be made to the Chief Secretary's Department against the reports of Inspectors of stock for open season or otherwise for protected animals being overridden by reports from police officers and other persons.
That the same trespass, driving, and deterrent fees on trespasslng stock impounded by municipal and shire councils apply to trespassing stock impounded by stock inspectors from reserves and routes, and that a new detainer form be provided.
That the amending P.P. Bill include a definition of teamster, carrier, and traveller, and state a definite time that the registered stock of teamsters, carriers, and travellers may remain on any one reserve.
To provide for uniformity throughout the Eastern and Central divisions of the State that it be compulsory for P.P. Boards to insist on the registration of all teamsters, carriers, and travellers of stock using the routes and reserves.
The following officers were elected:—President, Mr. J. Faulkner (West Maitland); vice-presidents, Messrs. W. N. Rees (Moss Vale) and H. N. Copeland (Moree) ; council, Messrs. S. C. Edwards (Lismore), C. L. G. Fielder (Armidale), C. O. Furness (Bathurst), F. Hildred (Jerilderie), J. Kenny (Glen Innes), E. A. Lucas (Holbrook), B. L. Moody (Corowa), G. J. O'Neill (Condobolin), T. K. Ryan (Coonamble), and C. W. Sabine (Grafton).
Mr. I. Clunies Ross, B.V.Sc. (University of Sydney), delivered a lecture on "Some Aspects of Parasitology." Referring to hydatid disease, he said that there were several obvious measures which, if possible of enforcement, would greatly lesson the degree of infestation of dogs and prevent the infestation of human beings. There was need for an adequate system of meat inspection for country districts. It was inconsistent and inequitable that, concurrently with the enforcement of stringent regulations to protect the health of the city dweller, the same abuses that were so rigorously interdicted in the city should go unheeded in the country. The adoption of educational methods, in schools and elsewhere, would have a good effect. He hoped that in the near future Australia would cease to have the unenviable reputation of being the home of perhaps the most important parasitic disease common to man and domesticated animals, which carried with it the added stigma that it was preventible.