The two factories on the Bellinger River last week distributed to suppliers of cream and pork an aggregated sum of £10,539/9/6, representing the output of butter and bacon for the month of March. It may be mentioned that the butter output for March is the largest for that month for many years past. The total manufactured was 119.02 tons. Suppliers were paid at the rate of 8½d for choicest quality and 8d for second-grade.
The record butterfat production for Ayrshire cattle over a 12 months' testing period, established 10 years ago by a departmental animal, has been beaten by a mature cow owned by Messrs. McIntosh Bros., of Cobbity, Denbigh Lustre 11th commenced her lactation period in May last year, and when the recording was completed this month the dairy branch of the Department of Agriculture established that she had produced 22,070lb. of milk at an average test of 4.6 per cent., which is equivalent to 1026.42lb. of butterfat or 1236.65lb. of commercial butter. The previous best figures were those put up in 1925 by Miss Dot of Glen Innes of 19,562lb. of milk at average test of 4.6 per cent., and equal to 903.57 lb of butterfat.
"Dehorning of aged cattle is diabolically cruel. I have seen blood spurting in streams five feet long," declared the President of the Institute of Stock Inspectors, Mr. C. J. Wollett, when speaking at 'the opening of the annual conference of the Institute in Sydney last week. He added that study should be made of the problem of alleviating pain, and said the operation should be performed by veterinary surgeons using an antesthetic or hypodermic injection. Mr. J. D. Madden (Tamworth) said dehorning of cattle up to six months old was simple, but dehorning of stock over six months apparently was painful, if the antics of the animal after the operation could be accepted as a criterion. Mr. R. P. Meyer (Inverell) declared that during the operation, many of the animals struggled violently. He added that plugging the cavity with an irritating disinfectant intensified the pain. After other delegates had condemned the present methods, it was agreed that it was economically sound to dehorn, but delegates favored the operation before six months from birth. Mr. Max Henry, Chief Veterinary Surgeon, forecasted the time when there would be hornless cattle, as the best method was to breed out horns.
Mr. T. W. Hennessy is at present under treatment in Lewisham Private Hospital.
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Kevin Davis, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Davis, of Macksville, has been admitted to the Macleay District Hospital for treatment.
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On Tuesday last Mrs. C. Cooper, of Bellimbopinni, was transported from her home by the ambulance to the District Hospital, where she was admitted for treatment.