There has been a lot going on in the wool industry and we want to reassure people we remain fully engaged with animal health and welfare.  Without healthy, happy sheep we have no livelihood and we are confident Australian wool growers have the utmost commitment to their animals.  

Volunteers and staff work hard on projects that set Australia well above average in animal health and welfare.  Via our website and twitter, we'll keep you updated on the efforts of the wool industry.  

Recently our new President, Richard Halliday has renewed the importance of a united effort in the wool industry across all issues.  

There are challenges but we are working hard to make sure Australian wool growers can maintain their pride in their industry as animal health and welfare continues to improve. 

 

WPA Statement on Winter Lambing 

WoolProducers believes that animal welfare is the highest priority for the vast majority of Australian wool growers reflecting the intrinsic relationship between healthy, well cared-for animals and productivity and profitability. Livestock are too valuable not to be treated with appropriate care and consideration.

 Australian wool growers protect the health and welfare of their sheep through a variety of animal husbandry practices that are suited to the sheep type and the environment.

 The recent extreme weather has coincided with lambing in many parts of NSW and Vic and wool growers prepare accordingly by undertaking a number of proactive measures such as planting wind-breaks, having ewes and lambs in sheltered paddocks and providing supplementary feed additional to what they graze.  During lambing time growers are out in the paddocks checking the ewes ready to lamb,  ensuring any potentially vulnerable animals are given due attention.

 Genetic research is a pillar for growth and success in all sectors of agriculture and the wool industry is no exception.  In making the assessment of whether a genetics program or any other management program is right for an enterprise, survival rates of healthy lambs that are productive will trump radical percentages that may result in loss of the ewe and the lambs.

It’s obvious that fewer healthy lambs are more important than large numbers of lambs that haven’t survived.

However, animal extremists wilfully ignore and misrepresent wool growers’ strong desire to protect their sheep from harm.

The idea that farmers have any interest in sustaining lamb losses is ridiculous.

 

WoolProducers Study Trip to China

Recently five WPA Directors and our CEO went to China to gain a further understanding of what this major trading partner wants from Australian growers and the wool they supply, and what the current production and manufacturing issues are in China from raw wool through to retail. The focus of the study tour was on apparel wool use.  While there are signs of growing demand for wool (including Australian wool) in interior textiles, the relatively short time in-country for the delegation restricted the scope to focusing on apparel wool.

The delegation was hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and arranged through the Department of Agriculture through the Australian Chinese Agriculture Cooperative Agreement (ACACA).

Several findings and recommendations were made including on topics that range from clip preparation, environmental concerns, mulesing status, bale identification, the price of Australian wool and the value of Woolmark.

Directors: Max Watts, Steve Harrison, James Kirkpatrick, Joe Keynes, Richard Halliday. CEO: Jo Hall

The report is available here

 

  

'The Sheep Producer'

You can link to the June edition of 'The Sheep Producer', the quarterly joint publication of WoolProducers Australia and Sheepmeat Council here 

Articles include

 

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ParaBoss 10th Birthday - Prizes!

ParaBoss is a sheep industry success story - an excellent management tool for strategically dealing with lice, parasites and flies.  Go to paraboss.com.au to see how it can help with your on-farm pest management.  Find info on state outlooks, upcoming workshops, on-line learning, drenching, case studies and more.

Subscribe to the paraboss newsletter to win some great prizes.

 

Animal Protection Bill 

Debate between animal activists and the livestock sector continued recently as Senator Chris Back's private member's Bill was debated in the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee inquiry into the Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015

Far from what some suggest the laws as being “ag-gag” laws, the Bill has two key provisions, in summary:

  • Visual evidence of malicious cruelty must be reported in timely manner in order to prevent further cruelty from occurring;
  • The protection of lawfully operating animal enterprises by not allowing them to be interfered with. 

 

See our full submission here

 

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Animal Health and Welfare Research Officer wanted at WoolProducers

A challenging and interesting role in the wool industry is being offered by WPA.  For more information: click here to see the ad on seek, or alternatively, you can email us here to receive the Selection Criteria and Duty Statement.

This 6-month contract with WPA will see the selected candidate working closely with the CEO and Policy Manager - Animal Health and Welfare to research, analyse, develop and communicate policy.

The role will also be responsible for administrative and executive support to senior staff and Directors. The Research Officer - Animal Health and Welfare is responsible to the CEO and Policy Manager - Animal Health and Welfare depending on the activities.

The position is initially offered for a 6 month contract. Expectations include the ability to work from a home office to be located within Canberra, and the possibility of some interstate travel.  We are taking applications up until the 18th May.  

National Wild Dog Action Plan

For all things related to the National Wild Dog Action Plan and its progression, please go to the dedicated page: www.nationalwilddogactionplan.org.au.  Thanks for your support!

 

WoolProducers Media Statement on Misrepresentation of Wool

Peak wool industry representative body, WoolProducers Australia, has today refuted the ridiculous claims made by animal rights activists PETA regarding the Australian wool industry, in their latest campaign targeting the shearing industry.


Australian wool growers protect the health and welfare of their sheep through a variety of animal husbandry practices that are suited to the sheep type and the environment.


Sheep producers are continually investing in sheep health and welfare. Over the last five years, more than $50 million has been spent on research and development, biosecurity, health and welfare programs.


Wool growers tend to their sheep every day, using appropriate and often world leading husbandry and management practices.


However, animal extremists wilfully ignore and misrepresent wool growers’ strong desire to protect their sheep from harm. This recent campaign by PETA has seen them resorting to using a fake lamb supposedly showing the after-effects of shearing, which is clearly deceitful and misrepresentative of the usual practice of shearing.


Animal rights groups also ignore the large body of scientific evidence that confirms the major advances in animal welfare made across Australia in recent years.


Wool remains an environmentally friendly, sustainable, renewable resource that is low allergen. It is fire resistant, thermo-regulatory, and durable and of course is a naturally beautiful fibre.

 

New edition of 'The Sheep Producer' out now

 Disease and biosecurity can have a huge impact on any producer's bottom line, that's why we made it the key theme of this edition of the newsletter. 

The industry is committed to continuous improvement across all facets of the farm business. Australian graziers continue to invest in the health and welfare of their sheep through a variety of animal husbandry practices that are suited to the sheep type and the environment. Over the last 5 years the sheep industry has invested more than $50 million into sheep welfare R&D programs for parasite control, vaccination a

nd other animal health issues all of which lead to improvements in animal welfare.