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 have been formatted in the same style and using the same non-conformance codes and categories as the Responsible Wool Standard. This has been done to make it easier for 3rd parties to compare and identify any difference.
Where there are differences, these have been clearly highlighted.
NewMerino® standards are equal to or higher than RWS. There may be some exceptions where state or federal laws dictate otherwise.