The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 1890. THE ANNUAL STOCK REPORT.
The annual reports upon the condition of stock m the colony is to hand, and, on the whole, is satisfactory. In the Auckland district there is only one flock of sheep on the infected list, while Wellington is the only province where lung worm is causing mortality to any great extent. The practice, now general throughout the colony, of " dipping " once a year is accomplishing good results m suppressing lice and ticks amongst sheep, and flocks and herds, with one or two solitary exceptions, may be safely pronounced clean from scab. This will be welcome news to stock-owners and stock-breeders throughout the colony, and the fact cannot have too much publicity. The fact of having clean flocks and herds will go a long way towards keeping up prices m the Home country for New Zealand frozen meat, while the extra quality of wool produced, and the improved condition of cattle will well repay owners for the trouble and expense incurred m keeping stock clean and healthy. Any neglect on the part of owners to destroy unhealthy cattle or sheep or to take precautions to have them restored to health, must prove suicidal m the end, as, if the colony once gets a name for diseased or unclean flocks and herds, there will be a rapid fall m values at home and abroad. It is also essential, m the interests of public health m a colony where butcher meat is largely consumed, that the greatest precaution should be taken to have unhealthy stock instantly destroyed, and that proper management should be compulsory on the part of those who raise cattle and sheep. The present Minister m charge of the Stock Department is to be complimented upon the energy he has displayed m this connection, and the several inspectors are also to be complimented upon the result of their labours. We think these labours might be considerably lightened if Farmers Clubs and similar organisations bestirred themselves, and reported to the authorities any cases of suspected disease m their respective district. The colony is now m a fair way to be proclaimed thoroughly free from every trace of cattle or sheep disease, and it behoves everyone con cerned to exercise the greatest vigilances that it should remain so.