Shearing Code of Conduct

NewMerino®  Shearing Contractors Code of Conduct is designed to document the animal welfare standards and general operating requirements of a professional shearing team.

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Animal Welfare & Land Management standards

NewMerino® has established and documented a set of standards based on internationally recognised criteria.

The Five Freedoms is the overarching criteria for animal welfare along with detailed elements for nutrition and animal husbandry procedures.

A ‘shearing code of conduct’ detailing the requirements for shearing contractors is included.

Land management addresses issues for grazing management for long term sustainability and holistic farming principals with the goal of developing and maintaining a resilient ecosystem that can withstand stress and rebuild when necessary.

Infrastructure, maintenance and general and administrative management is also addressed.

The 2017 version of the NewMerino® standards are essentially the same as the Responsible Wool Standard and have been formatted in the same style and using the same non-conformance codes and categories. This has been done to make it easier for 3rd parties to compare and identify any difference.

  • Some of these standards may be expressed more simply in this format.
  • Some have been modified for Australian conditions or laws (these have all been clearly identified).
  • Notwithstanding this, in all critical areas they are equivalent to, or exceed, the RWS standards. There may be some exceptions where state or federal laws dictate otherwise.