AWGA represents the priorities of all growers at the highest levels.
AWGA believes that animal welfare is the number one priority for all Australian sheep producers and acknowledges that a gradual shift towards a non-mulesed flock is inevitable.
AWGA is not pro or anti-mulesing, it is anti-flystrike and pro animal health and welfare.
Until there are widespread and effective treatments for flystrike, we support the practice of mulesing with pain relief.
AWGA supports all woolgrowers to manage their flocks for the best animal welfare outcomes, regardless of whether they mules or not.
The Australian Wool Growers Association supports mandatory pain relief during any sheep surgery and welcomes the continued development of new pain relief technologies.
Australian Wool Innovation's Wool2030 strategy is to be commended for its extensive consultation process and its goal of profitable, resilient and sustainable sheep and wool businesses.
AWGA believes that animal welfare is the number one priority for all Australian sheep producers and acknowledge that a gradual shift towards a non-mulesed flock is inevitable. However, it does not believe that this can realistically be achieved throughout the entire wool industry by 2030.
The manner in which the Wool2030 strategy describes the development of confidence and tools that will enable woolgrowers to manage flystrike without mulesing has created an unrealistic expectation that is not reflected in practice, or in the progress of genetic and vaccine development.
In that respect, AWGA does not support Wool2030's inferred target of industry-wide cessation of mulesing by 2030.