NATIONAL Wool Declaration definitions for wool from non-mulesed and ceased mulesed flocks, and sheep treated with liquid nitrogen, have been clarified by the Australian Wool Exchange.
AWEX has announced an update to the NWD V9.1 version, that supersedes Version 9.0 announced in July 2021 and will be effective from 19 April 2022 (Easter Recess).
AWEX said key changes include:
- The definition of NM has been made clearer as follows: “No sheep in the mob has been mulesed or treated with liquid nitrogen”.
- The new Liquid Nitrogen Codes (LN and LA) announced in Version 9.0 will be one Code only (LN).
- The two Property level questions used to determine Ceased Mulesing (CM) status will be removed. CM will be a valid status, but only for wool declared and received prior to 19 April 2022.
AWEX chief executive officer Mark Grave, said AWEX had received representation from industry raising concerns about the increasing complexity (definitions, logic combinations) and practical implications arising from the changes made in V9.0.
“All parties supported the objective of keeping the NWD as simple as possible to encourage completion on farm and minimise errors, and to reduce combination complexity post farm.
“Using one code for Liquid Nitrogen (freeze-branding) treatments and removing property level (CM) questions meet this objective,” he said.
“CM was originally implemented in NWD Version 1.0 as an interim NWD Code, to assist growers transitioning to a NM flock.
“The AWEX board believes the time is right to apply a sunset clause to CM status,” Mr Grave said.
“The board noted that property level husbandry practices will continue to be an important feature of integrity schemes and that market participants seeking to source wool from properties with specific husbandry practices should examine the conditions of these schemes.
“The V9.1 changes will simplify the NWD, supporting greater uptake, and increase transparency and accuracy.”
The implementation and communication strategy for NWD Version 9.1 will be:
The NWD V9.1 version will be released to industry stakeholders in November/December 2021, along with the business rules (translation and combination rules), templates and brochures. FAQ documentation will be updated and published on www.awex.com.au From January 2022, the communications and extension campaign will continue until 19 April 2022 when NWD V9.1 becomes effective.
Click here to see how the new NWD will look like.