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Beyond the Bale : May 2010
May 2010 BEYOND THE BALE 24 WOOL PRODUCTION Children are reading and learning all about our great Australian natural fibre, wool, from a new book The Story of Wool, the latest title in the award-winning Workboot Series published by the Kondinin Group, with support from AWI and industry organisations. AWI project manager Claudia Wythes says that although the new book is principally aimed at children of primary school age, it will also be of interest to anyone looking for an accurate and comprehensive picture of the modern Australian wool industry. "The 68-page book is packed with fascinating facts, colourful photographs and fun illustrations, bringing the wool industry to life for readers of all ages," Claudia says. "It takes readers through the whole wool pipeline, from the sheep and how woolgrowers manage them, through wool harvesting, to how the fibre is made into a wide range of wool products for consumers. "The book presents Australia's wool industry in a positive and dynamic manner, providing children with an understanding and appreciation of both how wool is grown and the final consumer product made." The Story of Wool is published with support from AWI, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, FAST FACTS l An entertaining new book has been released, which aims to educate children about wool. l The book covers the whole wool pipeline, from sheep through to wool products in the shops. FAST FACTS l Changes have been made to the National Wool Declaration to make it simpler for woolgrowers to complete. l It is important for woolgrowers to complete the declaration because it sends clear market signals along the supply chain. l Wool that meets customers' requirements can be easily identified. Children from Melville Primary School, WA, and some sheep at Kelmscott Senior High School's Facility of Agriculture enjoying reading The Story of Wool. WoolProducers Australia, the Australian Wool Education Trust and Animal Health Australia. More information: To buy a copy of The Story of Wool, contact the Kondinin Group, 1800 677 761 or www.kondinin. com.au/kondininbookshop. The book (hardback) costs $24.50, or $17.45 for Kondinin Group members. The Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) has updated the National Wool Declaration (NWD) to make it easier for woolgrowers to complete the form and strengthen its adoption. The revised NWD form has some changes, such as no longer requiring inclusion of an ABN. Small changes to the definitions have also been made. AWEX CEO Mark Grave says the NWD is a critical link along the wool supply chain from woolgrowers through to retailers. "Buyers, processors, garment makers and retailers are requesting information that will allow them to source wool that meets their requirements," Mark says. "Completing the NWD is strongly recommended so wool that meets the needs of these buyers can be identified. "The NWD is aimed at providing confidence and transparency to buyers about woolgrowers' flystrike control strategies and chemical use, ensuring that Australian wool remains their preferred choice." The definition of mulesing developed by Animal Health Australia ("The removal of skin from the breech and/or tail of a sheep using mulesing shears") has been adopted and incorporated into the revised NWD. The identification of ceased mulesing has also been changed so that if a grower ceases to mules on a property, all wool on that property can now be declared as 'ceased mulesing'. This means that woolgrowers can buy in mulesed rams and ewes to rebuild numbers without affecting their ceased mulesed status. The Record of Chemical Use has also changed from a mob-level declaration to a whole-of-property level. However, the identification of 'pain relief' continues to be recognised at the mob level only. More information: www.awex.com.au National Wool Declaration important and easier to use Wool illustrated for the next generation PHOTO: DEBBIE BOXALL, KONDININ GROUP