Our Animal Welfare Standard
In contrast to standard industry practice, our merino sheep are only shorn once a year, and to a minimum length of 10mm. Doing so drastically reduces the risk of injuring the sheep and leaves the sheep with an ideal amount of wool to protect them from the sun or from cold temperatures. Rather than only getting paid for what they produce, Zue Anna shearers are rewarded for how well they care for the animals, earning a bonus if the flock remains without injuries.More
Mulesing is a common practice in the merino wool industry where pieces of wool-bearing skin around the tail are removed without the use of any anesthetics, a practice that is extremely painful for the animal. Our sheep have very few wrinkles on their skin, combined with attentive care and a balanced diet a natural protection against fireflies.
No Tail Docking
The tail keeps flies away. In fact, the tail provides an important defense against parasites and, because of their balanced diet, our sheep naturally produce solid excrements, which keeps their wool clean and reduces the risk of infection in this area.
Sheep naturally have horns, but they are often burned or cut off. Instead we snip off the tips of the horns while they are still soft and not attached to any blood vessels, a completely painless procedure comparable to cutting your fingernails. The horns continue to develop normally, but without the sharp tip it is much less dangerous and less likely the sheep will hurt each other while playing.
Our sheep are tracked with a microchip in the stomach that they simply swallow with a feeding tube. Our long-term goal is to chip our sheep the same way that dogs and cats are tracked in Germany, but this identification system is not yet allowed for use on livestock in Australia. We will continue to work towards that goal and keep you updated on our progress.