That occasional mortality in sheep after drenching with carbon tetrachloride was due in a considerable degree to carelessness in the use of the syringe was an opinion expressed at the meeting of the Goulburn Pastures Protection Board on Wednesday last.
The matter was discussed following the remarks of the Stock Inspector Mr. F. F. Forster, in presenting his report, when he submitted, for the director's information, the programme of the conference of stock inspectors held recently.
Mr. Forster said that far from going to the conference to discuss ways and means of getting increases in salary, the stock inspectors attended and heard lectures from experts on all phases of their occupation, thus enabling them to carry on their work more efficiently.
In moving the adoption of the Stock Inspectors' report, Ald. T. P. Manion said that after reading the programme it was not difficult to realise the immense amount of good done by the conference. It meant that men in outback districts, such as Bourke, were brought into touch with the most up-to-date ideas for the benefit of stock.
Referring to the discussion at the conference of the "occasional mortality in sheep after drenching with carbon tetrachloride," Ald Manion said this alone showed that any time lost by the Stock Inspector at the conference was undoubtedly used in the best interests of the man on the land.
In seconding, Mr. C. C. Bradbury expressed similar views, and asked Mr. Forster if there had been many losses from drenching with carbon tetrachloride. He said he had used it extensively with good results, and had never had any sheep die.
Mr. Forster said that there were occasional deaths, and these were attributed to carelessness in the use of the long nozzle syringe employed in giving the carbon tetrachloride. It was said that sheepowners might use the drench 20 times or so without loss, and on the 21st occasion those administering it might be in a hurry, with the result that the sheep was lost. It was dangerous to give anything down the mouth of a sheep by the use of a syringe, which should be used with care. It had been suggested that it should be administered by using a bottle.
Mr. Bradbury agreed, and said he thought that any losses would be due to carelessness. He had been using it for a considerable time, but it had to be administered in a careful manner. If that were done, there would be no deaths. There was no doubt that the drenching resulted in a great improvement in the sheep.
The motion for the adoption of the Stock Inspector's report concluded the discussion.