The N.S.W. Institute of Stock Inspectors held their annual conference in Sydney this week. A number of interesting papers were read on various subjects, including stock diseases, and, naturally, particular attention was given to swine fever, which has broken out in New South Wales during the past few weeks.
On Wednesday a large number of the inspectors visited the Glenfield veterinary research station and took a keen interest in closely examining a large collection of museum cases of swine fever, the specimens having been collected since the recent outbreak occurred in the County of Cumberland. Owing to the highly infectious nature of this disease in its present virulent form, no demonstration was given, although affected pigs were on the station under fly-proof screens.
Several of the stock inspectors expressed the hope that, as an outcome of the present disease among pigs, legislation would be passed to compel all owners of pigs to house them on sanitary conditions, and along the lines under which dairies must be kept clean under the Dairy Supervision Act. They explained that in the Northern Rivers districts many pigs were kept under extremely dirty, damp, and uneconomic conditions, and it was hopeless to expect any improvement until legislative powers were enacted.
One inspector stated that, of the pigs bred in the Clarence River district, fully 50 per cent, died from disease, as the result of bad feeling and neglected housing conditions.
Of a number of demonstrations the most interesting, perhaps, was a lesson on how to administer a new remedy for liver fluke in sheep. The remedy is one that has been tested in several parts of the world, and as soon as it became known it was taken up by Dr. Seddon, who claims to have obtained most excellent results from its use. He explained that the remedy had proved not only effective, but cheap.
The post-mortem cases included a cow suffering from debilitating internal complaint, involving the lungs. The speculation among the inspectors as to the cause of the condition was settled when the knife revealed actinomycosis of the lung, which was a rare disease, usually affecting the head, particularly the jaw-bone.