The animal welfare issue of mulesing has been topical since 2004. Since this time, the Australian sheep and wool industry has made a strategic commitment to develop and implement alternatives to mulesing. While this goal is a major challenge, the Australian Wool industry is leading the way in responding to changing global customer requirements and attitudes.

The function of the National Wool Declaration (NWD) is to enable woolgrowers to promote their animal welfare practices (i.e. Mulesing Status) and the Dark and Medullated Fibre Risk (DMFR) of their wool to wool exporters, processors and retailers. The NWD is the standardised declaration method for Australia. It is applicable to all breeds of sheep.

Once a woolgrower has completed the NWD, the contents are converted by the wool handling agent into a recognised Mulesing Status and/or DMFR code for inclusion in sale catalogues and test certificates. 

NWD July 2017 Version 7.0: This version has been modified as follows:

  • Mob Mulesing Status is now located on the left hand side of the NWD nearer the Mob No. Mob Mulesing Status asks that one of the three answers is circled: NM (Non Mulesed), Mulesed (M) or PR (mulesed with Pain Relief).
  • Ceased Mulesing (CM) status is on the right hand side of the NWD, with the revised definition of CM and the question highlighted. Note, the definition of CM has been modified as follows: To be eligible for CM status, no lambs born on the property in the last 12 months have been mulesed and no purchased ewes or wethers are mulesed.
  • The Property Identification Number (PIC) is required for the NWD - Integrity Program as well as traceability related to potential exotic animal disease outbreak(s). The How to Complete the NWD section instructs the Owner/Manager (and Woolclasser) to complete all the information in the NWD and to record the PIC.

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Minor typographical errors were identified in previous versions of the NWD. Brokers updating to Version 7.0 should ensure that both the NWD and the accompanying notes are carefully reviewed.

The documents below are in PDF format. To correctly visualise the forms, either print the document or zoom to 200-300%. Note, MS Word versions are available from Kerry Hansford,  AWEX Quality & Project Manager, khansford@awex.com.au or (03) 9318 0277.

Combined Classer's Specification and NWD. The NWD Definitions, Instructions and Codes are on page 2 of each NWD document listed below.

NWD July 2017 Version 7.0 Landscape (Other Brokers)

NWD July 2017 Version 7.0 Portrait (Other Brokers)

NWD July 2017 Version 7.0 Landscape (AWH)

NWD July 2017 Version 7.0 Portrait (AWH)

Separate NWD for use with an “old” Classer’s Specification or a Classer’s Specification without a NWD. The NWD Definitions, Instructions and Codes are included on this single page.

NWD July 2017, Version 7.0 Portrait (Separate generic form)

Additional information related to the NWD:

How to Complete the NWD Correctly, May 2017

NWD Integrity Program Brochure, May 2017

NWD-IP FAQs, June 2017

Business Rules for Mulesing Status - Issue 4, 8th June 2017