The annual conference of the Institute of Inspectors of Stock was held in Sydney this week. The first two days were occupied in lectures, a visit to the research station at Glenfield, and formal business. On Wednesday the conference settled down to consider a comprehensive agenda.
Conference was asked to support a proposal that contributions from the Pastures Protection Board's funds be allotted to assist the veterinary research work at Glenfield and Sydney University. It was proposed that all boards contribute each year 1/ a 1000 sheep and 8d. a 100 large stock.
The president (Mr. Faulkner) 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 a motion by Mr. T. Freeman (Urana) being carried that the Pastures Protection Act be amended to mako earmarking of sheep compulsory. Mr, Watson, of the stock branch, stated that the Minister had already approved of an amendment of the Act to provide for this.
A number of resolutions dealing with travelling stock were carried. It was decided to ask that the law be amended to provide that, irrespective of distance to be travelled, or whether such stock were being removed from one holding to another of the same owner, all travelling stock using a travelling stock reserve be liable to a travelling rate; all stock carried by vehicle and stock crossing a travelling stock route to be exempt.
It was desired that it 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.
Conference decided to ask that travelling statements be abolished, and that it be made illegal for any drover in charge of travelling stock to leave such stock unattended on any travelling or camping reserve; that such stock may be impounded as trespassing stock, and that the same trespass, driving, and deterrent fees on tresspassing 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.
It was decided to ask that the amended Pastures Protection Act include a definition of teamster, carrier, and traveller, and that a definite time be stated that the registered stock of teamsters, carriers and travellers may remain on any one reserve, and that in order to provide for uniformity throughout the Eastern and Central divisions of the State it be made compulsory for P.P. Boards to insist upon 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).