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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62

The Scab Question

The Scab Question

The question of declaring the colony free of scab came up next. The remarks of the Sub-Committee were as follows :—" It is the expressed intention of Government to take steps to this end immediately after next muster. The matter is an important one, as there is likely to be a brisk demand for longwool rams in the other colonies in view of the development of the frozen meat trade, when the breeding of crossbred sheep will become more general. The Government may, therefore, be asked to carry out this intention at as early a date as possible."

In reply to a question from the Chairman,

Mr Ritchie said that a rigorous muster of the Sounds district had been commenced on the previous day. As soon as he was assured that that district was free from scab page 23 he should take the necessary steps to have the Colony declared clean. The Australian Colonies held their regulations till the end of the present year, when they would relax them.

It was resolved, after hearing Mr Ritchie's explanation, not to go further into the discussion of the subject.