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Beyond the Bale : June August 2009
4 ANIMAL WELFARE Mulesing phase-out gains pace Results of a recent national survey of sheep producers across Australia indicate that woolgrowers are responding positively to calls to phase out mulesing, with figures estimating that 24 per cent of Merino lambs will not be mulesed in 2009 The survey also indicates that 18 per cent of respondents’ total wool clip (of all micron categories and types) produced in the 2008-09 financial year will be sourced from non-mulesed sheep (up from 11.5 per cent 12 months ago). The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) survey of 1407 randomly selected sheep producers across Australia was undertaken in February 2009. The survey is conducted annually. A survey conducted in 2005 for the Sheep CRC and AWI found that just two per cent of Merino lambs were unmulesed. The significant rise to 24 per cent of Merino lambs not being mulesed this year indicates that Australian woolgrowers are undergoing rapid change. Another key finding of the survey was that 52 per cent of producers have a breeding strategy that involves sourcing less wrinkled or bare-breeched rams. Other findings of the survey are: 54 per cent of all lambs born in 2009 will remain non-mulesed (2008: 32 per cent); 31 per cent of producers will not mules any lambs in 2009 (2008: 23 per cent); and only 10 per cent of first-cross lambs and 4 per cent of second-cross lambs will be mulesed. June – August 2009 BEYOND THE BALE National Wool Declaration use will reward Australian growers Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) CEO Mark Grave says that with the DAFWA survey results showing that potentially 18 per cent of the Australian clip is now being sourced from non-mulesed sheep, more woolgrowers should be encouraged to use the National Wool Declaration (NWD). “The Mulesing Status codes for each sale lot published in the Sale Catalogue and Test Certificate are based on information provided by woolgrowers in the NWD and Woolclasser’s Specification,” Mark says. “The DAFWA survey findings are very encouraging and identify substantial growth in the availability of wool from non-mulesed sheep. From this survey potentially 18 per cent of wool could now be declared as NM (Not Mulesed) and this provides our wool buying and processing customers with choice, something that wasn’t available before the introduction of the NWD. “With 24 per cent of Merino lambs estimated not to be mulesed and 54 per cent of all lambs, we ould be indicating to the supply chain that there is a lot more wool eligible for the NM and Ceased Mulesed (CM) specification than ently being nominated. “Currently, our figures show that “COMPLETING THE NWD WILL HELP ENSURE THAT BUYERS AND PROCESSORS MAKE INFORMED CHOICES REGARDING THEIR WOOL PURCHASES. IN TURN, DEMAND AND PRICE SIGNALS CAN BE SENT BACK TO WOOLGROWERS.” – MARK GRAVE, CEO AWEX MULESING STATUS DECLARATION The supply chain is specifically requesting more information related to mulesing. Based on detail provided in the NWD and Woolclasser’s Specification, Mulesing Status Codes (see table) for each sale lot will be published in the Sale Catalogue and Test Certificate. MULESING STATUS CODES SALE LOT CODE NM CM PR BLANK ND DEFINITION NOT MULESED CEASED MULESING MULESED WITH PAIN RELIEF MULESED NOT DECLARED only approximately three per cent of ool is being declared as NM, three ent as CM and three per cent as PR (Mulesed with Pain Relief). The AFWA survey indicates there are potentially many more woolgrowers that should fill out the NWD and be able to declare their wool as NM and CM.” Mark says the wool pipeline is seeking more credible information about the product they are buying, and woolgrowers completing the NWD provide them with that information. “Completing the NWD will help ensure that buyers and processors make informed choices regarding their wool purchases,” Mark says. “In turn, demand and price signals can be sent back to woolgrowers and this information is critical for woolgrowers to make informed business decisions regarding their clip. “The NWD adds a further dimension to the available objective information and in its short time it has gained recognition through the pipeline. From the DAFWA survey there is still more work to be done to encourage all clips to be declared.” More information: www.awex.com.au National Wool Declaration Property Brand: Grower ID: ABN: For Office Use Only Dark and Medullated Fibre Risk (Merino only), Mulesing Status and Record of Chemical Use (any breed) for Sheep Mobs Owner Trading Name: Phone No: ( ) Property Identification Code (PIC): Property Location: 1. 2. This form is to be completed/signed by the Owner/Manager and must be consigned with the Woolclasser Specification Sheet. This Declaration is valid for one shearing only. The purpose of this Declaration is to ensure that the details provided about your wool when offered for sale are true and correct. By completing this Declaration, you acknowledge that the Vendor’s agent will catalogue the wool based on the statements you make, and buyers will in turn rely on those statements. You also agree that this Declaration may be subject to random audit in a format agreed to by industry. This Declaration is for wool pertaining to shearing completed on: / Mob No. (Refer Speci) Mob Breaks (Bale Numbers) FROM TO Age Code Breed Code Sex Code Contact3 with Shedding Breeds4 (Y/N) Mob Crutched (Y/N) Crutched within 3 months prior to Shearing (Y/N) Mob Mulesed5 (Y/N) Pain Relief6 Used on Mob (Y/N) / According to the definitions below, please indicate whether mulesing1 has ceased2 on this property, Yes (Y) or No (N): Record Kept of Chemical Use7 (Y/N) Office Use Only Age/Shearing 1st Shearing 2nd Shearing to 2 yrs 3 years 4 years 5 years 6, 7, 8 years etc. Mixed (e.g. 3 to 5 yrs) Code Breed 1 Merino 2 3 4 5 6, 7, 8.... 3 - 5 Merino Dohne Merino SAMM Crossbred Downs Shedding Breeds Carpet Wool Code Sex M Ewes MD Wethers MS XB DN SB Rams Mixed (E/W/R) CW By signing this Declaration I warrant that I am authorised to complete this declaration and I confirm that all details contained in it are true and correct, having made all reasonable enquiries. OWNER/MANAGER NAME: OWNER/MANAGER SIGNATURE: Date: / / we know wool Code E W R M 1 Mulesing 2 Ceased Mulesing 3 Contact with Shedding Breeds 4 Shedding Breeds 5 Mob Mulesed Definitions The removal of skin from the tail and/or breech region of a sheep using shears. All sheep born on or transferred onto this property in the last 12 months must not be mulesed at the time of this shearing and there must be no intention to mules in the future. Evidence of Ceased Mulesing status must be available for audit purposes. Mated, reared or run in the same paddock with shedding sheep/lambs or their crosses. Breeds that shed fibre (e.g. Afrikaner, Awassi, Damara, Dorper, Karakul, Meatmaster, Persian, Van Rooy, Wiltipoll, Wiltshire Horn). A mob is defined as mulesed if any of the sheep in the mob are mulesed. 6 Pain Relief 7 Record Kept of Chemical Use Pain Relief products must be registered by, or supplied under permit from, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority for use with sheep. Evidence of the purchase and use of Pain Relief products for sheep bred on this property or transferred onto it must be available for audit purposes. If Yes (Y), details of mob, date, purpose, type and amount of chemical(s) must be recorded. If chemicals are not used, a record of this must also be kept. NWD 2.0 – MARCH 2009
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