"A burning question with you is superannuation. That, however, cannot be decided until the question of abolishing the Pastures Protection Boards is decided.
"I intend to abolish the boards if I get the opportunity, and I have a bill completed which, if I remain in my present position, I intend to introduce next session." said the Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Dunne, in opening today the ninth annual conference of the Institute of Stock Inspectors.
"There will be however, a bigger responsibility on the stock inspectors. They will become the be-all and end-all of their districts, and I look to them to carry me through in the different changes that I make.
"I believe that this is the most important conference held annually in this State for the stock-owners, and I look upon the stock inspectors as the men who are carrying the pastoral industry, which is the greatest industry in this country. We live in an age when skill in industry is everything, and with the continual rise in the cost of production tho only way to combat it is to become highly efficient.
Mr. Syd. Smith (secretary of the Stock and Brands Branch) said that he agreed with the Minister when he said that the conference represented the greatest industry in the State.
It was estimated, he said, on June 30 last year, that there were 54,630,000 sheep in the State. The average weight of the wool from a sheep was 8.8lb., with an average value of 16¾d a lb. A total of 51,880,000 sheep were shorn last year, giving a wool clip of the value of £45,821,300.