Wool Runs on Grass
The primary inputs for wool production are water, sunshine and fertile soils to grow grass – the primary diet of sheep.
Merino production is fully sustainable provided it is operated within the carrying capacity of the ecosystem.
NewMerino® farmers are selected because they operate, or are in the process of implementing, a grazing management strategy based on long term sustainability.
The management system must embrace holistic farming principals with the goal of developing and maintaining a resilient ecosystem that can regenerate, withstand stress and rebuild itself when necessary.
Their goal is to aim for 100% ground cover all year, with a focus on perennial grasses to regenerate the ecology and increase biodiversity.
In addition to a set of standards for on farm audit purposes, NewMerino provides a guidelines document to assist farmers achieve these standards.