Inspectors attending the annual conference of the Institute of Inspectors of Stock of New South Wales were yesterday shown over the Glenfield Veterinary Research Station, which is the centre of research activities of the Department of Agriculture.
After a number of demonstrations, consisting of postmortem examinations of sheep and other animals, Dr. H. R. Seddon, Director of Veterinary Research, dealt with poisonous plants which are being grown at Glenfield in order that living specimens may be on view to officers and visitors to the station. Among the plants described were wild cotton, a common shrub in coastal districts, various species of poisonous lantanas, and a number of poisonous garden plants.
Mr. W. L. Hindmarsh, senior veterinary research officer, said that there had been a steady appeal to the station for diagnosis of animals suffering from diseases. Last year 22,118 cases were dealt with. After considerable research, Australia could now claim to have a greater knowledge of diseases in sheep than any other country. Copper sulphate had proved a very successful method of dealing with large stomach worms in sheep, but a satisfactory treatment had not yet been evolved for small worms in the bowels.
Mr. Hindmarsh pointed out that there was increasing evidence for the necessity of legislation dealing with patent medicines, many of which were of no use to the farmer. He knew of one stock medicine that was sold for £4/4/ a tin, and it was worth only /7½. Farmers were buying these concoctions because of the extravagant claims made by the manufacturers. There was no legislation to prevent these medicines from being sold, providing they did not come under the Poisons Act.