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AUDIT

ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE

PROTOCOL


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INTRODUCTION We at ORTOVOX are crazy about wool! We love the functionality, the look and feel of the material and the sustainability side of it. We have been into wool from the early 1980s and have come a long way since then. ORTOVOX sources its merino wool from sheep grown in Tasmania and the wool for insulation from sheep grown in Switzerland. We nominate the farms where the wool comes from and visit them regularly. We commit to long-term contracts with the wool growers and we have engaged with all players in the supply chain to improve transparency and traceability. Through the ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE we aim to promote best practice in animal welfare and land management on farm level. We want to meet the concerns of our consumers and of non-government organizations and simultaneouslysupport management practices that echo our values and beliefs.. As we also care what happens to the sheep after they leave the farm, we also keep attention to how they are transported and where and how are they slaughtered. That operators are quality assured and use humane practices. Since these aspects are not necessarily part of the wool supply chain but concern the meat industry, addressing these questions is a huge challenge. The OWP provides assurance for customers that FARM PRODUCTION SYSTEMS meet STANDARDS in: • • • •

FARM MANAGEMENT ANIMAL WELFARE SLAUGHTER AND TRANSPORT LAND MANAGEMENT

Assurance of the ‘wool journey’ continues after the farm gate, as the wool moves through the supply chain. We want to ensure for our consumers that OWP wool moves from our certified farms to our Mountainwear garments. The OWP audits represent the base on which we want build a traceability certification in order to verifiably communicate this process. For us auditing is only the beginning. We will continue to engage with our whole supply chain. In regular roundtable meetings with all involved stakeholders we want to facilitate communication, partnership and best-practice sharing with the aim of constantly increasing transparency.


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CONTENT INTRODUCTION2 SCOPE4 1. FARM MANAGEMENT

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2. ANIMAL WELFARE

2.1 NUTRITION

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2.3 INFRASTRUCTURE

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2.4 HEALTH

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2.5 ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

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2.6 SHEARING

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2.7 HANDLING

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3. SLAUGHTER AND TRANSPORT

3.1 SLAUGHTER

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3.2 TRANSPORT

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4. LAND MANAGEMENT

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SCOPE The OWP contains a set of indicators that guide supplier requirements at the farm level for farm management, sheep animal welfare,, land management, slaughter and transport. These indicators are guided by international best practise to ensure humane treatment of sheep, to a commitment to sustainable environmental impacts and to meeting local legal requirements. A certification body (CB) is contracted to provide third party assurance to the program.

AUDIT PROCESS Producers who supply wool to Ortovox are to be AUDITED BY a THIRD-PARTY (CERTIFICATION BODY) against the indicators in the ORTOVOX WOOL PROMISE document. The audit procedure will be:

PREPARATION: • Auditor visit arranged by CB and ORTOVOX • Producer read and understood OWP documents • Preparation of documents by producer according to announcement letter (provided by CB)

ON THE DAY: • Introductory meeting to outline scope of the audit • Assessment against the OWP requirement points, documenting evidence of compliance (farm records, management systems and interview) • Farm tour to make visual observations • Closing meeting and report findings of assessment

NON-CONFORMANCE The OWP has 3 levels of non-conformance. The term non-conformance is used to describe indicators that were observed not to conform. Assessed in 3 ‘grades’, this determines the period of time the supplier has to make a corrective action and remediate it:

CRITICAL - must pass or immediate fail MAJOR

- if a non-conformance, there is 30-day period to correct

MINOR

- if a non-conformance, there is a 90-day period to correct

OUTCOME / RESULTS The FINDINGS of the assessment WILL BE REPORTED. All non-conformities shall be addressed to the satisfaction of the CB, including a corrective action plan of any major or minor non-conformance identified, and a close-out period allocated. The producer will then be recognized for meeting the Ortovox Wool Promise.


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1. FARM MANAGEMENT 1.1 AUDITOR ACCESS

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Farm manager shall give auditor full access to the farm and operations that fall under certification. As directed this shall include access to: buildings, land, documents, sheep, workers.

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1.2 DUTY OF CARE

Persons in charge of sheep have a “duty of care“ for the welfare of those animals (the owner, the person with control or custody, or the manager), and shall comply with all applicable local legislation on animal welfare and land management. Property has not been prosecuted under applicable animal welfare legislation.

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1.3 OWNERS / MANAGER

Owners/managers practice and promote compassionate care and handling of sheep, and have read and understand the OWP and its requirements.

GUIDANCE: Records of owners/managers training courses and or training certificates (e.g. low stress stock handling). Comments:

1.4 WORKERS / STOCK PEOPLE Employees and stock people are trained and/or experienced and competent in the compassionate care and handling of animals with the competence necessary to perform their duties. Duties could include assessing body condition score, animal husbandry, identifying health problems and taking appropriate actions, emergency euthanasia. GUIDANCE: Records of workers on farm, courses, training certificates and or experience (e.g. jackaroo, agricultural college). Comments:


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1. FARM MANAGEMENT 1.5 EXTERNAL WORKERS / CONTRACTORS

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External workers that come onto the farm to perform work involving sheep are competent and meet the requirements of the relevant parts of the OWP.

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1.6 RECORDS

The farm management system keeps appropriate records for a minimum of five years. Management system includes diaries, folders, files and digitally stored records.

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2. ANIMAL WELFARE 2.1 NUTRITION

2.1.1 FEED Sheep shall have access to adequate nutrition, that‘s palatable and meets nutritional requirements suited to the animals’ age and needs. Condition of sheep observed indicates adequate feeding. Access to poisonous plants, contaminated feed and harmful substances shall be monitored and avoided.

GUIDANCE: Interview about feeding management plan (e.g. type of grazing: rotational, continuous, cell).

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2.1.2 WATER Sheep shall have an adequate supply of clean, safe drinking water from natural sources, troughs and drinkers with access in all paddocks and blocks.

GUIDANCE: Interview about type of water infrastructure (natural sources, pipe and cap).

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2.1.3 MONITORING Routine checks and monitoring shall be conducted as a management practice. Inspection takes into consideration: feed availability, water supply, pregnancy status, disease risk, preditation risk.

GUIDANCE: Interview about routine monitoring practices (summer/winter or when feeding/lambing).

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2.1.4 STOCKING RATES Stocking rates combined with visual observation is used to plan resource availability across the property. Rates are based on land type, pasture quality, seasonal conditions, class of stock and total grazing pressure. The amount of feed-on-offer is measured in order to calculate the number of available grazing days. GUIDANCE: Interview about ability to assess and make feed-on-offer calculation.

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2. ANIMAL WELFARE 2.1 NUTRITION

2.1.5 BODY CONDITION SCORE Body Condition Score (BCS) is routinely monitored to confirm the health of the sheep. If there is evidence of BCS below 2, appropriate action shall be taken to return the animals to good health, and feeding adjusted accordingly. A sample number of the flock is measured using hand on back method or by weighing and recording (e.g. at weaning or pre-joining).

GUIDANCE: Interview about method used for BCS and time performed.

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2.1.6 TIME OFF FEED / WATER Sheep shall only be deprived of feed and water for reasonable management practices (such as shearing, transport, or slaughter). Deprivation periods shall be no longer than 24 hours. Sheep held for management practices shall be monitored for signs of distress during time off feed/water.

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2.1.7 EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCE In exceptional circumstances (such as extreme weather events) measures shall be taken to ensure adequate feed and water are made available to sheep. Strategies include relocation, supplementary feeding, selling or adjustment of stock. Strategies are prepared in advance and then progressively implemented before paddock feed / water runs out.

GUIDANCE: Interview about strategy used in last exceptional circumstance

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2. ANIMAL WELFARE 2.2 INFRASTRUCTURE

2.2.1 SHELTER BELTS Effective shade, shelter and/or windbreaks projects are in place to protect sheep from adverse weather conditions. A strategy shall be in place for the provision of shelter in the event of emergency situations caused by extreme weather events.

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GUIDANCE: - Observation of shelter belts/windbreaks - Interview about any planned projects/grants Comments:

2.2.2 SHED INFRASTRUCTURE Shed systems and handling shall be designed, constructed and maintained to minimize stress and the likelihood of injury to the sheep during handling.

Hazards and risks are identified and assessed to eliminate or reduce risk. Infrastructure is in sound order and repairs and maintenance attended to as required • flooring including raised/missing boards • catching pens and gateways free of sharp protrusions and in working order • ramps, access to shed and holding pens in sound condition, broken rails attended to • shoots and count out pens GUIDANCE: - Observation of sheds - Interview about any planned projects for improvements/new infrastructure Comments:

2.2.3 YARD INFRASTRUCTURE Handling and yarding systems shall be designed, constructed and maintained to minimize stress and the likelihood of injury to the sheep during handling.

Hazards and risks are identified and assessed to eliminate or reduce risk. Infrastructure is in sound order and repairs and maintenance attended to as required • Loading / Unloading ramps are structurally sound • yards and raceways in good working order, broken rails attended to GUIDANCE: - Observation of yards - Interview about any planned projects for improvements/new infrastructure Comments:


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2. ANIMAL WELFARE 2.2 INFRASTRUCTURE

2.2.4 FENCING INFRASTRUCTURE Fencing shall be appropriate, and shall be regularly inspected. An annual and ongoing repairs and maintenance plan is in place.

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GUIDANCE: - Observation of fencing - Interview about any planned repairs and maintenance projects/new fencing Comments:

2.2.5 CHEMICAL STORAGE AND WASTE Farm chemicals used for animal husbandry are stored correctly. Drums are triple rinsed and drum muster recycling program is used.

GUIDANCE: - Observation of storage shed and drum waste disposal - Interview about planned drum muster recycling program Comments:


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2. ANIMAL WELFARE 2.3 HEALTH

2.3.1 HEALTH MANAGEMENT PLAN The producer shall have a management plan for flock health and animal welfare.

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GUIDANCE: - Discussion and observation of record - Interview about management tools and veterinarian contact Comments:

2.3.2 TREATMENTS Treatments shall be appropriately administered in accordance with registration conditions or manufacture’s advice. Treatment records kept.

Treatments are sought from qualified advisors GUIDANCE: Observation of treatment records, documentation of qualified advisor for treatments and example of record. Comments:

2.3.3 MORTALITIES Flock is assessed for mortality and mortality rates are recorded.

If mortality rates fall outside expected levels (unexpected deaths/disease outbreaks), actions shall be taken and the problem resolved. Investigation and remedial action then taken. GUIDANCE: Observation of annual stock take with mortality record Comments:


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2. ANIMAL WELFARE 2.3 HEALTH

2.3.4 CONTROL OF PARASITES Measures shall be taken to prevent or control external and internal parasite infestations (fly strike, ticks, lice, intestinal worms and scab) through grazing management and treatments administered at appropriate times to lifecycle of parasites. Advice shall be sought as needed from a veterinarian or specialist advisor on prevention, treatment, and strategies to avoid the development of resistant parasites.

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GUIDANCE: Interview about where advice is obtained and what strategies are being used.

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2.3.5 FOOT CARE Flock is monitored for lame sheep, with action taken promptly to treat lameness and remove causes.

INTERVIEW: Interview about method used and time performed.

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2.3.6 HEALTH ISSUES Sheep that are found suffering from serious health problems shall be identified, and treated promptly.

Responsible personnel shall identify and treat sick and/or injured animals Animals who will not recover should be promptly and humanely euthanized. GUIDANCE: Interview about example of type of injury or sickness identified and how it was treated.

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2. ANIMAL WELFARE 2.4 ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

2.4.1 HUSBANDRY RISK ANALYSIS The decision to carry out injurious husbandry procedures, including tail docking and castration, shall be based on a welfare risk/benefit analysis, not on routine. Procedures result in benefits to life-time sheep welfare, better flock management and reduced occupational health and safety risk. Method shows compassionate care and pain management options shall be reviewed regularly.

GUIDANCE: Interview about the risk analysis on why tail dock and castration is performed.

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2.4.2 OPERATOR Shed systems and handling shall be designed, constructed and maintained to minimize stress and likelihood of injury to the sheep during handling. Animal husbandry procedures shall be performed by competent stockperson, or be under direct supervision of a skilled practitioner, using well maintained equipment designed specifically for the purpose.

Good hygiene practices in relation to facilities, handling and instruments are being followed.

2.4.3 TAIL DOCKING Tail docking shall be performed when lambs are between an average of 24hrs and 8 weeks of age, using either a hot knife or rubber ring method. The recommendation is to dock the tail immediately below the third palpable joint or to cover of the vulva in ewes.

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Pain relief shall be applied when suitable pain relief is available. Farmers shall monitor for signs of post-operative complications and take appropriate corrective actions.

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2.4.4 CASTRATION Castration shall be carried out when lambs are between an average of 24hrs and 8 weeks of age, using rubber ring, emasculator or surgery (with mandatory pain relief).

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Pain relief shall be applied when suitable pain relief is available. Farmers shall monitor for signs of post-operative complications and take appropriate corrective actions. Lambs destined for slaughter before they are 12 weeks old, or before onset of puberty should not be castrated.

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2. ANIMAL WELFARE 2.4 ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

2.4.5 IDENTIFICATION Identification of sheep shall be done by tagging, or earmarking with approved equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and best practices. branding and horn branding are prohibited.

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2.4.6 DEHORNING Dehorning, disbudding and substantial horn trimming is prohibited unless needed to address animal welfare and performed by a veterinarian using anesthesia. Minor horn trimming (removal of tips) shall be performed by a competent stock person, with care taken not to enter soft horn tissue.

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2.4.7 MULESING Mulesing is prohibited. Non mulsed or ceased mulsed (NM/CM) is declared on National Wool Declaration when selling clip. Farms with Ceased Mulesing status are accepted.

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2.4.8 ARTIFICIAL BREEDING Artificial breeding procedures shall be carried out by skilled practitioner who as have relevant knowledge, experience and skills. Surgical embryo transfer and laparoscopic insemination shall be carried out only by veterinarians or under veterinarian supervision. Appropriate pain relief shall be used. Elector ejaculation is prohibited. Comments:


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2. ANIMAL WELFARE 2.4 ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

2.4.9 LAMBING Lambing is timed to align with feed availability and climatic conditions favorable to good welfare and survival. The last 4-6 weeks of pregnancy, management practices should minimize stress on ewes and when lambing, monitor but disturb as little as possible. Any ewe with a prolapse shall be treated immediately using an appropriate technique and, where necessary, veterinary advice shall be sought.

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2.4.10 LAMB FOSTERING Practices and procedures for lamb feeding and provisions for fostering shall be planned prior to the start of lambing. Artificially reared lambs shall receive a sufficient amount of colostrum after birth to ensure their welfare. Comments:


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2. ANIMAL WELFARE 2.5 SHEARING

2.5.1 PLANNING AND PREPARATION Annual shearing is planned to take into consideration local climatic conditions to reduce welfare risk of freshly shorn sheep. In preparation, the flock is managed to ensure sheep are kept dry, not scouring and are crutched prior to shearing. To minimize stress, avoid lengthy handling, exposure to adverse weather, and return to food and water as soon as possible after shearing.

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2.5.2 SHEARING SHED Shearing shed and yard facilities are prepared to provide a working environment that meets local Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and animal welfare requirements with hazards minimized to humans and livestock.

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Assess for hazards in areas such as catching pens, gateways, shearing board, wool room, press area and remove in preparation for shearing. Signage, for example work safety signage and code of conduct is used to communicate expectations.

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2.5.3 SHEARING TEAM Engage a shearing team known for quality and reliability of work with shearing performed by, or under the direct supervision of a competent shearer, using techniques and equipment designed to minimize stress and injury.

GUIDANCE: Interview about details of trainings that are undertaken by contractors.

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2. ANIMAL WELFARE 2.5 SHEARING

2.5.4 WOOL CLIP A registered professional wool classer/owner prepares and oversees the wool clip. Wool bales are prepared to meet the AWEX code.

Tally book is used to record information during shearing

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GUIDANCE: Observation of wool classers stencil.

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2.5.5 SHED HAND WORKERS Shed hands are briefed before shearing begins by wool classer/owner to communicate expectations and responsibilities. Comments:

2.5.6 INJURIES In the event of a severe injury, the procedure is to cease shearing and treat the injury. If topical pain relief becomes readily available, treatment is available on the board and applied in accordance with its veterinarian advice.

Action taken to address and prevent recurring problems with injury or mishandling. Tally book is used to record information during shearing. Comments:

2.5.7 HIGH RISK EVENTS Consideration is taken around high risk events (such as extreme heat or cold) to : - postpone shearing - provide shelter/windbreaks near to shed - provide additional feed - use of snow combs / stud combs

GUIDANCE: Interview about any recent high risk event and action taken. Comments:


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2. ANIMAL WELFARE 2.6 HANDLING

2.6.1 HUMANE HANDLING Animals shall be handled humanely; mistreatment of animals is unacceptable. Mistreatment includes rough physical contact such as kicking, striking, slamming gates on the sheep, tripping, throwing or dropping animals.

Extra care shall be taken when handling sheep with special needs, such as young lambs, heavily pregnant ewes, lame sheep and rams. Heavily pregnant ewes shall only be handled when necessary.

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2.6.2 ISOLATION Isolation of individual sheep shall be minimized.

In case individual isolation cannot be avoided, the confined sheep shall be given a companion or be able to maintain visual contact with other sheep. Exception to contact with neighboring sheep may be made for quarantine purposes.

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2.6.3 CONFINEMENT Long term close confinement in crates or tethering is prohibited.

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2.6.4 MOVEMENT Sheep moved on foot shall not be forced to proceed at a pace that will cause exhaustion, heat stress or injury. Sheep shall be driven in a calm manner at a relaxed pace. Severely lame or heavily pregnant animals shall be moved only when necessary and at a pace to suit their condition.

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2. ANIMAL WELFARE 2.6 HANDLING

2.6.5 WORKING DOGS Stockperson shall have good command of dogs and be in control when working sheep. Housing area of dogs is adequate with water and feed available. A dog that habitually bites sheep shall be muzzled while working sheep.

GUIDANCE: Observation of sheep dog kennels.

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3. SLAUGHTER AND TRANSPORT 3.1 SLAUGHTER

3.1.1 HUMANE SLAUGHTER Humane slaughter is performed by trained competent worker, licensed slaughter man or a veterinarian. The method shall be quick, cause minimal stress and pain, and result in rapid loss of consciousness followed by death without animal regaining consciousness. Sheep are handled calmly and efficiently with handling kept to a minimum.

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3.1.2 PREFERRED METHOD Captive bolt stunning method is recommended where practical. Equipment used is manufactured and maintained to ensure rapid and effective outcome.

GUIDANCE: If not accepted due to regional legislation then 3.1.3 applies.

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3.1.3 SUBSITUTIONAL METHODS In cases where finding access to tools for stunning would prolong the suffering, following methods shall be used : - Firearm (license and registration requirements met) - Sharp knife (single cut of both carotid arteries and confirmation of death before disposing) GUIDANCE: - Firearm use license and registration requirements met. - Death is confirmed using three signs method; check of pupils, heartbeat and lack of rhythmic breathing. - Sheep shall be slaughtered away from the view of other animals except in unavoidable cases. - All workers shall have clear set of criteria to recognize when an animal needs to be euthanized, and be instructed to act accordingly. Comments:


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3. SLAUGHTER AND TRANSPORT 3.1 SLAUGHTER

3.1.4 EMERGENCY EUTHANASIA Emergency euthanasia shall be performed promptly (assessed on a case by case basis), if sheep are experiencing severe injury, pain or illness and do not have a reasonable expectation of improvement.

The euthanasia shall be done using a method that is quick, causes minimal stress and pain, and results in a rapid loss of consciousness followed by death without the animal regaining consciousness.

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3.1.5 INDUSTRIAL SLAUGHTER All off-farm slaughter is conducted at Quality Assured (QA) abattoirs that have been verified and recognized for humane slaughter procedures.

GUIDANCE: Observer records of approved abattoirs used.

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3.1.6 TRACEABILITY RECORDS Records are kept tracing the movement of all sheep as they move from farm, through transport and to purchaser (i.e. abattoir). It is necessary to use quality assurance program and NVD records.

GUIDANCE: Observe National Vendors Declaration

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3. SLAUGHTER AND TRANSPORT 3.2 TRANSPORT 3.2.1 MUSTER AND ASSEMBLY Muster, assemble and transport livestock so there is minimal contamination (e.g. soiling) and stress on the animal.

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Handling and loading of sheep is carried out quietly and confidently by trained and competent personnel.

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3.2.2 FIT TO LOAD Sheep to be transported are inspected and assessed as in a fit condition for travel. No sick or injured animals should be consigned.

Unfit animals cannot be transported, except for further treatment. Compromised and injured animals may be transported to slaughter only directly to abattoir.

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3.2.3 TRACEABILITY Sheep that are transported have identification (traceable ear tags) and are accompanied by documentation for traceability. Documentation includes: Owner responsible for husbandry, property code, number consigned, destination, who sheep are consigned to. GUIDANCE: Records of Property Identification Code (PIC) and consignment documents. Comments:

3.2.4 CURFEW Sheep are curfewed in accordance with Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) Quality Assurance standards unless customer, such as abattoir, specifies otherwise.

Sheep destined for slaughter have 12hr dry curfew.

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3. SLAUGHTER AND TRANSPORT 3.2 TRANSPORT

3.2.5 LOADING / UNLOADING Suitable holding and loading systems are maintained to ensure livestock are not subject to injury. Ramps are set to suitable incline and have measures in place to prevent injury.

GUIDANCE: Check documents of approved catching, handling and if loading of sheep is carried out quietly and confidently by trained and competent personnel.

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3.2.6 TRANSPORT OPERATOR Sheep are transported using a Quality Assured transport operator, who uses suitably designed vehicles, and is competent in responsibilities for livestock welfare.

Sheep are neither too loosely nor too tightly loaded, so as to reduce the risk of excessive movement or overcrowding resulting in injury. Drivers are aware of the effect of their driving style and transport conditions on animal welfare.

GUIDANCE: Records of transport details (transport operator, vehicle registration number, date and time of loading). Comments:


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4. LAND MANAGEMENT 4.1 SOIL

Soil and land health strategies are applied in order to monitor and manage forage resources, soil erosion and organic matter.

Soils are tested and nutrient levels recorded to maintain healthy soils. Pasture composition is monitored. Land is managed to not degrade from overgrazing.

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GUIDANCE: Interview about prevention and minimization steps.

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4.2 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

Hazardous materials are not disposed of on farmland unless specifically allowed by law and it is safe to use affected land for grazing.

GUIDANCE: Interview about use of drum muster

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4.3 BIODIVERSITY

Sensitive and high conservation areas and wildlife species are monitored and managed.

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Sensitive areas are not grazed to have negative impact on the ecosystem Deforestation for conversion to agricultural land is prohibited Hunting, fishing or gathering of rare, threatened or endangered species is prohibited

GUIDANCE: Interview about regional land care group, evidence of wildlife corridors.

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4.4 INVASIVE SPECIES / PREDATORS Farm-manager shall monitor and manage unwanted exotic or invasive plants, and monitor and manage predators.

Lethal control shall be minimized and be done humanely, and must target the specific individual animal/species.

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4. LAND MANAGEMENT 4.5 FERTILIZERS

Fertilizer strategies are used to appropriately plan, apply, inspect and report chemical input use.

Fertilizers are applied to using equipment that is in good working order, cleaned after use and regularly calibrated.

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4.6 PESTICIDES

Strategies are used to prevent, observe and monitor crops and pastures for pests and pesticide use.

GUIDANCE: Measure in place to limit impact of pesticide use and in order to avoid resistance.

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REFERENCES Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines – Sheep 2016 Australian Animal Welfare Standards – Land Transport of Livestock 2012/13 Animal Welfare Act – DPIPWE Tasmanian Government Responsible Wool Standard and Patagonia Wool Standard ZQ Program New Zealand MLA LPA Quality Assurance programs

FOR REVIEW Stakeholder review was sought and learnings incorporated. These were conducted by: Textile Exchange, Four Paws International, Roberts Wool Brokers, Tasmania Wool Growers, Veterinarian


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