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"A Muddle"? 1 Breconshire Dipping Order.. COUNTY COMMITTEE'S DISCUSSION. I A meeting of the Breconshire Executive Com- mittee, under the Contagious Diseases Animals' I Act, was held at the Shire Hall, Brecon, on Fri- day. There were present Messrs. W. S. Miller (chairman), Owen Price, Levi Jones, Tom Mor- gan, J. L. Da vies, R. Edwards, David Williams, J. Price, J. Griffiths, H. F. W. Harries (clerk) and other officials. The Dipping Order. Considerable discussion arose from -questions arising out of the Sheep Dipping (Black Moun- tain district) Order of 1915. The clerk read re- plies to questions which had been addressed to the Board of Agriculture. The question was not at all clear whether, in addition to the double dip- ping, sheep had not to be dipped again before they could be moved out of the area, when they were being taken away from the area. Sheep could not be moved from the 15th July to the 30th September. 'd there must be some i-nis- The chairman said there must be some mis- understanding. If they made them dip the sheep before removal, then there would be some sense in it, but now they could not be moved for nearly two moihs, and these the sale months of the year. Mr Owen Price Under this Order they can- not be removed until the end of September. The Chairman It is a most grievous imposi- tion upon people in that district. Mr J. L. Davies said in the previous Order the dates were a week earlier, and that week was very important for people in that district-for the sales and when they were sending them away for the winter. The Chairman I think they should be dipped in addition, if the Board requires, before they left the district. Mr Owen Price They say they don't require it. The Chairman They don't understand the cir- cumstances so well as we do. Mr Owen Price They don't consult us in the matter. The Chairman We should try and instruct them. (Laughter.) I suggest we ask them to shorten the period, and that all sheep taken out of the district, except for sale, should have an extra dipping in addition to the dipping required by the Order, unless they have been dipped with- in the fortnight. Mr Owen Price It must be twice within the month of September, so you don't want an extra dipping besides. Mr Tom Morgan It should start earlier and finish earlier. The Chairman Certainly. Mr J. L. Davies I suggest we ask them to modify it and fix the date from the 20th August to the 20th September. Mr Owen Price It is our duty to represent the matter to them. It will be a great inconvenience to the whole of the district. Mr J. L. Davies And a great loss, I take it. The chairman said they should ask the Board of Agriculture to make the Order the least harm- ful as possible. "I think," he said, "it is a good bit of a muddle." Mr Owen Price It is a big muddle. When lawyers cannot understand an Order it is worse still. (Laughter.) The clerk said it was certainly very complicated. It wa-s ultimately decided to ask the Board of Agriculture to alter the dipping period to a week earlier, as the last ten days in September was the period during which nearly all the stock was sold in the district. A circular was read from the Board of Agricul- ture dealing with questions relating to the supply of agricultural labour, but the committee took no action. The Sheep Inspectorate. With regard to the vacant inspectorship, caus- ed by the death of Mr Jardine, it was suggested by Mr Franklyn, Glamorganshire County Coun- cil, to hold a conference between the several counties before a fresh appointment was made. It was decided to send representatives. Mr Owen Price said it would be well to get an expression of opinion from the committee as to whether they thought it advisable to appoint an- other inspector. At present, he said, the county was free from sheep-scab, but that was chiefly due to the viligance and great care taken in past years. When the late Mr Jardine was appoint- ed, they were troubled with sheep-scab all over the county, but, luckily, in the course of a few years, they were able to eradicate the disease. Mr Tom Morgan Perhaps, we should not have as good a man as Mr Jardine next time. The chairman said there was a good deal in what Mr Franklyn said. Circumstances had very much changed. They had very much greater viligance by the police than at that time and by their veterinary inspectors, and, what was more important still, farmers themselves now knew what scab was. Some years ago a great many of them said, when they came before the magis- trates, that they did not know scab when they saw it- Mr Tom Morgan Farmers are more careful nowadays than they were years ago. The Chairman They see now that it is for their own benefit. As long as we keep clear, I don't quite see the necessity of appointing. Mr Owen Price I quite agree, but which is the bfBt way to keep clear-prevention is better than cure. The finance clerk, in reply to Mr J. L .Davies, said that Breconshire's contribution to the salary of the late Mr Jardine was X70 a year. Mr Davies said it was all well and good if the county were clear of the disease, but it would be better to spend ze70 a year to stop it coming in again. He understood it was not clear now in the border county of Carmarthen. The Chairman We don't know. They refused to let our inspector go there. Until it is shown that it is necessary to appoint an inspector, I think we should rest on our oars. The representatives were instructed to inform the conference that it was the committee's opinion they should wait a little while before appoint- ing to see how things went. Veterinary Inspector's Report. Mr Cattell, county veterinary inspector, pre- sented his quarterly report, which showed an out- break of parasitic mange in the case of a pony at Ystradgynlais. Treatment and disinfection was carried out, and the case is now cured. Fifteen dogs had been sent to him during the fortnight— one was claimed, six sold, and eight destroyed.

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