NCWSBA has policies on a number of key industry issues. These have been discussed and agreed by the NCWSBA Board and/or at the NCWSBA Annual General Meeting. Some examples of these policies are:
NCWSBA Policy on Flystrike Control
The National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia supports all industry efforts to control flystrike, with the objective of securing improvements in the welfare of sheep and lambs in Australia. Alternative methods of flystrike control should not compromise the welfare of Australia’s sheep and lambs or the industry.
NCWSBA gives full support to industry efforts to develop suitable commercially-viable alternatives and also supports the use by Australian woolgrowers of available alternative technologies and management practices to control flystrike and the advancement of humane animal welfare practices. These technologies and management practices include the use of clips, jetting, crutching, and pain-relief, as well as other such technologies that become available, such as intradermal injections. NCWSBA agrees that long-term improvements in flystrike control is through a combination of alternative technologies, including the breeding of plain-breech merino sheep that retain the important wool attributes customers require and are as productive for woolgrowers as the merino sheep currently available.
NCWSBA and its broker members also fully support the use of the National Wool Declaration by Australian woolgrowers to identify the mulesing status of wool being offered for sale and encourage its adoption by Australian woolgrowers. NCWSBA also supports the use of the NWD by Australian woolgrowers to identify all other relevant attributes.
NCWSBA Policy on Wool Selling Recess Weeks
The Board, on behalf of NCWSBA members, would like to restate its position that the number of Selling Weeks during a season should be increased. That is, that the number of Recess Weeks should be reduced. NCWSBA maintains its view that the number of selling weeks in July should be increased, with a reduction in the number of recess weeks in July from 3 weeks to 2 weeks. As noted in NCWSBA’s various submissions to the National Auction Selling Committee, July is a time when there are no major public holidays and when shearing in the Northern region is starting to ramp up. Reducing the number of recess weeks would benefit woolgrowers who wish to sell at this time of the year.