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ASWGA adopted Animal Welfare Policy

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The Australian Superfine Wool Growers Assoc adopted an Animal Welfare Policy at its Council meeting on the 11th of August. Presented by Danny Picker President the Policy reads: The ASWGA is a signatory to the Dumfries House Declaration. Its members are adherents to the IWTO Specifications for Wool Sheep Welfare. The ASWGA encourages its members to always follow best practice in matters of animal welfare with the ultimate aim of removing the need for mulesing.


A large number of our members already abide by this policy. We encourage all our members to abide by this policy. Over half of ASWGA members no longer mules their sheep or never did. Of those that do still mules, nearly all, if not all, use pain relief.


ASWGA members raise their animals under a lot of different climatic conditions around Australia. They decide their own animal husbandry procedures. Most of our members use the voluntary National Wool Declaration to provide evidence of their mules status for our wool clients around the world.


ASWGA recognises the growing demand for ethically produced superfine wool, in particular, the evidence of orders specifying unmulesed wool. The Association’s policy is to ensure super fine growers are made aware of all market opportunities for their wool. We support growers in how they meet these opportunities by providing weekly updates on all news that comes to light throughout the industry.


I as President and Simon Cameron (Past President) have offered to work with AWI and Geoff Linden, the Sheep and Welfare Advocacy Manager, to produce case studies for people to use to assist in transitioning from mulesing. Personally, I am available for any grower to discuss my transition.


The Superfine Industry is the flagship of the wool industry. To be a superfine wool grower one has to be very passionate about their sheep and wool production, and have very high ethical and welfare standards, as do all Australian wool growers. Our superfine growers are among the leaders in these practices.


Source: ASWGA

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