WPA Recipient of Traceability Grant

Updated: Apr 23, 2021

Peak wool representative body, WoolProducers Australia (WoolProducers), has been announced as one of sixteen recipients to receive a Traceability Grant from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE).

WoolProducers President, Mr Ed Storey said “Traceability in the wool industry is generally segmented into on-farm, post-farm and overseas supply chain sectors, with each sector using a different system that is disjointed in providing traceability through the supply chain”.

“For example, the National Livestock Identification System has been used for many years now on-farm, but Property Identification Codes is a relatively recent addition for wool tracing.” Mr Storey said.

WoolProducers’ project seeks to review current traceability systems used throughout the entire wool industry pipeline, identify gaps and weaknesses in traceability, and make recommendations to improve traceability systems for wool.

Mr Storey said, “The project will assess traceability for several circumstances where the link between the animal and the product is vital, such as emergency animal disease outbreaks, provision of wool specifications for brokers and buyers, or to allow provenance information to be transferred from farm to consumer.”

“Independent assessment of existing systems for traceability is key to ensuring that an unbiased review is undertaken so that the most appropriate steps can be followed to build our traceability and provide even greater assurances to our trading partners and customers”, Mr Storey said.