The annual conference of the Institute of Inspectors of Stock of New South Wales was opened yesterday by the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Thorby). Mr. C. J. Woollett presided.
Referring to superannuation of stock Inspectors, Mr. Thorby said that the Government would place no barriers in the way if a complete scheme could be evolved. It was useless asking the Government to bear additional burdens at present. The Government, however, would listen to any scheme which was sound in principle, and would not merely give temporary or sectional benefits. He could find no trace of insidious attacks on the institute, nor was anything going on behind their backs, as had been suggested. Great benefits had been derived from the operation of the Swine Compensation Act. Pig owners were cooperating heartily with the department. He believed that a cattle compensation Act would do more than anything else to eliminate disease among cattle.
Mr. C. J. Sanderson (senior Veterinary officer), discussing caseous lymphadenitis, said, that while he did not wish to scare anybody, when 50 per cent. of the flocks were infected by it it was time to take serious action. Stock Inspectors should make every effort to encourage the use of the preventive methods recommended by the department. Referring to the use of mineral licks, he said these were generally made up of everything likely to do sheep good. Licks were really required, however, which were calculated to make up particular deficiences in minerals. In New South Wales the chief deficiencies were calcium, phosphoric acid, and protein. Attention should be devoted to those.
Mr. J. Drabble (pathologist, State Abattoirs) delivered a lecture on cancer in stock. He dealt with the body cells, tissues, organs, and systems of animals. After dealing with the classification of tumours, the nature of cancer, and the role of chronic irritation in the causation of cancer, reference was made to the apparently intimate connection between tuberculosis and cancer in human beings, and described Dr. Cherry's work demonstrating a similar connection between the same diseases in mice. Australian cancer statistics were dealt with, and a comparison was made between the incidence of cancer in man, and its occurrence in the lower animals.
The following officers were re-elected unopposed at the annual meeting of the institute:-President, Mr. C. J. Woollett (Warialda) : vice-presidents, Messrs. C. W. Sabine (Grafton), and F. F. Forster (Goulburn) ; honorary treasurer, Mr. C. J. Woollett (Warialda); council, Messrs. C. R. Brett (Walgett), H. Copeland (Moree), L. W. Devlin (Casino), C. L. G. Fielder (Dubbo), G. A. Kennedy (Tenterfield), E. A. Lucas (Holbrook), P. J. Madden (Tamworth), E. J. Quinn (Coonamble), F. H. Whyte (Wagga), and F. T. Yeoman (Narrandera); auditor, Mr. J. A. Baillie (North Sydney).
The annual meeting of the Institute followed.
Mr. J. G. Johnston (Albury) submitted a motion:-"That inspectors in the eastern division be granted the same leave of absence as those in the central division, and have same embodied In the award."
An amendment that the executive should seek to secure more uniform holiday leave when the existing award expired was agreed to.
A motion by Mr. P. P. Forster (Goulburn), "That it is the business of P.P. boards to administer the P.P. Act, and not that of the Police Department," was lost.
Mr. E. Reuss (Mudgee), moved, and it was agreed, "That in the interests of economical and efficient working of the Stock Diseases Act, an inspector on quarantining any stock and returning them to another P.P. district from which they came (in most cases for the purpose of being offered for auction sale), obtain acceptance of quarantine and forward duplicate to the inspector to whose district the stock are returning, if possible."
On the motion of the president, it was resolved "(1) That the Minister be asked to appoint an appeals committee, consisting of the Under-Secretary, the president of the Institute of Stock Inspectors, and another officer of the stock branch; (2) that it be a recommendation to each inspector to ask his board to establish a museum for noxious weeds and diseased specimens; (3) that before a stock inspector Is dismissed, disrated, or removed against his will, an inquiry be held by a police magistrate at which the inspector may be represented by counsel or representative of the Institute of Stock Inspectors."
A motion in the name of Mr. F. T. Yeoman (Narrandera), "That when lambs are taken to a saleyard with their mothers and unbranded, they may be exempted from branding in case of sale," was carried.
Mr. H. N. Copeland (Moree) proposed that Pastures Protection boards should be empowered to reduce travelling rates by one half where funds warranted. The motion was lost.
The conference adjourned until today.