The Institute of Stock Inspectors in conference last weekend discussed among other things, the need for modification of the present system of obtaining cyanide of potassium. Mr. W. J. Smith (Young) sald that persons intending to purchase the poison should obtain from the police a certificate setting out the purpose for which it was to be used. It was contended that stock-owners suffered heavy losses last year by reason of the indiscriminate use of cyanide for poisoning rabbits, opossums, etc. It should be made a serious offence to be found In possession of cyanide of potassium without authority.
Mr. Watson, of the Stock Branch, said that the branch had consulted with the Chief Secretary's Department, which administered the Poisons Act, and it had been decided to remove cyanide of potassium from Part 2 of the Act, and to place it in Part 1. It would thus be made more difficult to procure the poison.
Conference also agreed to recommend an amendment to the Pastures Protection Act to provide for wire-netting fences of 42-in. width, instead of 36-in., and of a mesh of 1¼-in. in lieu of 1½-in. It was contended that 36-in. by 1½-in. netting was not rabbit-proof.
A motion by Mr. G. J. O'Neill (Condobolin), recommending that the Government be held liable for the destruction of rabbits on State forests not under lease, was carried.
Conference also approved a motion by Mr. F. T. Yeoman (Narrandera), that the eradication of noxious weeds ought to be vested in Pastures Protection boards. He said that the boards could not be given too much power to deal with the pests, and he advocated the stoppage of the movement of all sheep infested with Bathurst burr.
On the motlon of Mr. F. F. Forster (Goulburn), it was decided to request the Minister to move to have the maximum penalty inflicted in cases whore owners or occupiers failed to eradicate prickly pear.
It was also decided, on the motion of Mr. F. T. Yeoman (Narrandera), to ask the railway authorities to exercise greater care in cleaning, out sheep and cattle trucks, as there was reason for believing that parasites had infested clean stock during transit.
In recognising the necessity for large funds being made available for research work at Glenfield Veterinary Research Station, conference adopted a motion by Mr. H. Copeland (Moree), recommending that the funds be made available from the consolidated revenue and not from the Pastures Protection Board funds.
A resolution was carried in favor of the Department of Agriculture, which now administers the stock branch, taking complete control of all Inspectors of stock. It was stated in support of the motion that the departmental work that the inspectors were asked to perform was increasing in volume each year, whereas their duties under the Pastures Protection Boards were decreasing.
It was decided, on the motion of Mr. Forster, to endeavor to retain representation on the Veterinary Surgeon's Board.
The president was appointed as the representative for the Institute of Inspectors of Stock.
It was agreed that the executive should meet at least once in six months, and that the division of classes into grades should be abolished.
Papers were read as follow:—"A Radius System of Inspecting Holdings for Rabbit Destruction," by Mr. F. F. Forster; "The Compulsory Testing of Bulls," by Mr. J. Cotton (ex-stock inspector) ; and "Bone-chewing among Cattle in Riverina," by Mr. T. Free-man, Urana.