The fourteenth annual conference of the Institute of Inspectors of Stock of N.S.W. opened at the School of Arts. The president, Mr. C. J. Woollett (Lismore) presided.
In the absence of the Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Main), the conference was officially opened by Professor J. D. Stewart (Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science). He said that even today inspectors were overloaded by clerical work. The duties of present-day inspectors were also more exacting than in the past. Animal health was regarded as of greater importance than formerly, and it was necessary for inspectors to keep up to date with modern methods. Veterinary science had so developed that there was now room for specialists in its various branches.
Mr. J. G. Johnstone (Albury) described an experience with blackleg in sheep, following shearing, and in the ensuing discussion Mr. Henry said that the case directed attention to the necessity for a campaign against dirty wool sheds. With woolgrowers trying to cut down overhead expenses, reduction in the mortality among sheep would be a real economy.
Mr. J. N. McCulloch (Bourke) directed attention to the increasing menace of galvanised burr in his district. This noxious weed was becoming such a serious and extensive pest, he said, that the problem of dealing with it was beyond the power of a local authority, and State action was necessary.
In a lecture dealing with the chemical control of sheep blowflies, Mr. R. N. McCulloch said that sprays as a means of combating both vegetable and animal pests had come to stay. Attempts at biological control had failed, and no other method had succeeded to the same extent as spraying. Research in other countries indicated that a nicotine compound would increase the efficiency of the solutions now used for spraying.
Mr. Max Henry read a paper on Veterinary Services and Land Settlement.
Members of the institute held their annual dinner last night, at the Hotel Metropole.
Mr. Whitehouse, in response to a toast, stated that in recent years the university course in veterinary science had included much of the knowledge held by stock Inspectors. Many years ago, however, when he had graduated, he had found that the stock inspectors knew many things which the student did not. The present course did equip students with a knowledge of stock inspection, and he thought that in years to come members of the institute would all be veterinary surgeons. Mr. Whitehouse also appealed to the delegates to assist the researches of the University by forwarding specimens and photographs from their districts.