Non-mulesed wool supply
The following statistics are updated as at June 30, 2016. We update these figures annually so as to represent a full year’s Australian production.
Supply of non-mulesed wool (Categories CM and NM) have increased by 7% in 2015/16 over the previous year and now comprise 9.2% of total wool production.
This does not include wool from sheep which have been mulesed with pain relief.
This figures cover wool of all micron categories
|The following table shows the mulesing status declared by growers selling at auction
source: Australian Wool Exchange
|% of growers|
|Left Blank = regarded as declared mulesed||20.0|
There are approximately 26,000 wool growers in Australia.
Of these, approximately 3,100 produce non-mulesed wool or have ceased the practice of mulesing.
Australia produces 10,000 tons (clean weight) of non-mulesed merino fleece wool.
This is equivalent to approximately:
75% of South African total merino production
125% of Argentinian total merino production
100% of New Zealand total merino production