The annual conference of the Institute of Inspectors of Stock of New South Wales was opened on Tuesday by the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Thorby). Mr. C. J. Woollett (Warialda) 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 any thing 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 animal 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 deficiencies 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, he referred 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.