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This article was published in 1939
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By G. J. JOHNSTON. President.

It is my pleasure to welcome to this Conference the visitors and members present.

An interesting and instructive programme has been arranged, and it is hoped that from the papers read, valuable discussions will ensue.

After the exceedingly dry year which caused such anxiety to those engaged in rural pursuits, the bountiful rain of a few weeks ago has brought the relief so urgently needed.

We always extend to the stock owners of the State our sympathy in such troublous times and endeavour in every reasonable way to assist them in the course of our official duty. When seasonal conditions are unfavourable to those whom it is our duty to serve, the stock inspector displays considerable tact in the administration of the various acts. He must keep in mind the fact that the granting of concessions in extreme cases may unwittingly cause some inconvenience and trouble which was not anticipated. We all have problems in our districts, and it is gratifying to note that the major ones become minor when due consideration is given to them.

A great change has taken place in our work in the last few years. Perhaps not the least important is the question of nutrition and its influence on the prevention of disease. We find in the course of our roamings that our job has shifted to a large extent from controlling disease to one of prevention.

Although prevention of disease does not involve the actual physical labour of the Stock Inspector, it is brought into effect by discussion and education or propaganda if you prefer it. We have all the machines necessary to control an outbreak of disease, but no legislative act will prevent it occurring.

The members of this Institute, who are mostly young and enthusiastic men, recognise the tremendous economic importance of preventing stock losses from disease, and in this field of activity there is considerable scope.

It is recognised that in many cases disease prevention is not as spectacular as control measures, but its lasting influence is greater. We seek the co-operation of stock owners generally. If their problems are submitted to us, we will do everything possible to help them out.

The dry season just passed has brought a true realisation of the value of travelling stock reserves. The wisdom of our older members in recommending and advocating the provision of water, destruction of weeds, rabbits and useless timber on travelling stock reserves is now apparent. The retention of travelling stock reserves is of such importance to the live stock industry that this Institute supports P.P. Boards in any action considered necessary to retain control.

In conclusion, it is desired to express the thanks of the Institute to those gentlemen who gave addresses at last Conference, and to congratulate the members who contributed papers, on the way they were presented. The publication of the addresses and papers in our Year Book ensures the information being passed on to representatives of the live stock industry throughout N.S.W.

Again I am pleased to record the happy relations that exist between Directors of P.P. Boards and Inspectors of Stock.


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