Shearing Code Of Conduct

This document has been developed to provide a set of guidelines for shearing contractors.

This document should be displayed in the shearing shed for shearers and sheds to be clear as to how the shed should operate in relation to good animal welfare.

Shearing Code of Conduct

Record Keeping

Good record keeping is regarded as an important element of maintaining standards.

It demonstrates a professional approach to management and provides evidence to others that this is the case.


Full Collection of Templates

Individual Templates

The following individual templates are designed to assist farmers set up an appropriate record keeping system.

Visitors Log

Stock Injuries & Mortality Records

Veterinary Chemical Treatment record

Shearing Injuries Record

Staff Training Reco   rd

Planning Package

The button below provides a document containing:

  • Policy statement for Animal Welfare
  • Policy statement for Land Management
  • Guidelines to assist develop a Land Management Plan
  • Guidelines to assist develop an Animal Health Plan

You can print the complete package or any individual page.

Planning Package

Ceased Mulesing Definition

Wool from sheep where mulesing has ceased on the property.

No lambs born on this property in the last 12 months have been mulesed.

No purchased sheep have been mulesed

AWEX 2017

Chemical Storage

There are laws in all states covering the regulating and safe storage of Agricultural and Veterinary  Chemicals.

Farmers have legal obligations to assess and manage risks associated with agricultural and veterinary chemical storage on farm.

The following checklists and guidelines have been taken from material published by Agriculture Victoria.

Chemical Storage Checklist

Pain Management at Lamb Marking

Castration and tail docking clearly cause pain to lambs.

Published Scientific evidence provided to us strongly indicates that where pre-operative local anaesthetic (and ideally post-operative analgesia) has been used there is not only a clear reduction in pain and suffering but also improvements mothering up. We hear from producers many other benefits including, reduced scouring (as sign of stress 2-3 days after marking and easier movement of mobs back to paddocks with less stress on stockman and dogs.

NewMerino® strongly encourages it use of local anaesthetics and analgesics for the benefit of the animal to be able to demonstrate responsible animal management practices to the increasing number of retail brands requiring verification of the farms from which they source wool.  At the time of writing (Oct 2020) NewMerino® standards do not mandate the use of pre-operative local anaesthetic and post-operative analgesia, however we anticipate this position is likely to change in the foreseeable future due to pressure from brands and animal welfare organisations. Additionally, it is just the right thing to do.

Note: More information about how to manage this issue can be found in the Knowledge Base section of our website.