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. 

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. 

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Photo Credit: Vicki Murphy, Ewes at Karbullah, Goondawindi QLD.