Certified Merino Growers

 

All wool supplied into the NewMerino® chain of custody must come from ‘Certified Merino Growers’.

All Certified Merino Growers must be known to and audited by NewMerino® They must demonstrate that their farms are managed in a sustainable and holistic manner and that all animals are cared for in accordance with the principals of the Five Freedoms.

Knowledge about individual suppliers enables brands to have full confidence in authenticity of their fibre supply.

Accordingly, they can develop genuine marketing stories to support their products.

There are two categories to the NewMerino®certification system.

certified-merino-grower-GREENCertified Merino Growers

Full details of the farming operation must be known to NewMerino®

Commitment in the form of a written declaration to the principals of the Five Freedoms for animal welfare standards.

Written commitment to producing wool using sustainable grazing methods and a commitment to land and water management and the protection of native species.

Steps to becoming a Certified NewMerino Grower

  1. Register on the Grower Supply Network
  2. Complete the Farm Fact sheet
  3. Enter and maintain wool production forecast
  4. Have completed an on-farm audit

Preferred Producerspreferred-producer

Preferred Producers must be qualified a Certified Merino Grower and in addition;

  • Have completed an on-farm audit
  • Maintain an up to date wool production forecast
  • Meet any extra criteria set by a retail customer and/or external standard
  • Be willing to work with NewMerino in developing long term supply relationships with retail brands supported by a well-developed farm story