Some vigorous points were made by Mr W. P. Bluett, a Queanbeyan grazier, at the annual conference of Stock Inspectors on Tuesday, in urging unceasing war on the rabbit pest. If the inspectors passed on more "blue plasters" (summonses) there would be more wool produced and greater prosperity. The rabbits destroyed last year were estimated to total 200,000,000. This was equal to 20,000,000 sheep, the wool of which alone would be worth £10,000,000.
Mr E. A. Hamilton (former president) urged that sufficient prominence was not given to the fact that the livestock of the State were freer from disease than those of any other country in the world, thanks to the work of the Stock Branch.
At the afternoon session Mr Max Henry gave an address upon progress in disease control, in which he dealt with the chief animal diseases of the State. He gave a lucid outline of the steady tightening up and increasing efficiency of this work by the research, veterinary, and inspectoral staffs.
Mr Henry referred particularly to the demands that were from time to time put forward for compulsory action in such matters as tuberculin testing of all cattle, the dipping of sheep, and inoculation against pleuro-pneumonia. He showed why such action was undesirable and even impracticable. Every restriction imposed by the department, however, had a definite purpose and would act in a definite manner in preventing the spread of disease to healthy stock, with as little economic loss as possible.
Dr. H. R. Seddon followed with a highly informative talk on recent research work at the Glenfield Veterinary Station in which he brought out many points that should be instructive and helpful to the inspectors in their field work. The value of the Glenfield results was warmly commended.