OPENING the 14th annual conference of the Institute of Inspectors of Stock of New South Wales, Professor J. D. Stewart (Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science) said that animal health was regarded as of greater importance than formerly, and it was necessary for inspectors to keep up-to-date with modern methods.
During a discussion of blackleg in sheep, following shearing, Mr. Max Henry, Chief Veterinary Officer, emphasised the necessity for a campaign against dirty woolsheds. With woolgrowers trying to cut down overhead expenses, reduction in the mortality of sheep would be a real economy.
Mr. J. N. McCulloch (Bourke) pointed out 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 body. "State action is necessary," he contended.
In a lecture dealing with the chemical control of sheep blowflies, Mr. R. W. 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.