The animal welfare issue of mulesing has been of interest to the supply chain since 2004 and the Australian sheep and wool industry has made a strategic commitment to develop and implement alternatives to mulesing. The Australian wool industry is leading the way in responding to changing global customer requirements and attitudes by supporting a fully informed market.

The function of the NWD is to enable wool growers to declare the Dark and Medullated Fibre Risk (DMFR) of their wool and their animal welfare practices (i.e. Mob Status) to wool exporters, processors and retailers. The NWD is the trusted declaration method for Australia.

Once an owner/manager has completed the NWD, the information is converted by the wool selling agent into a recognised DMFR rating and/or Mob Status (Mob and/or Property declaration) for inclusion in sale catalogues and test certificates.

Note, documentation related to NWD V8.0 can be found after the NWD V9.1 documentation.

NWD V9.1 November 2021 (release date 19 April 2022)

The 2021 review focused on the identification of wool from sheep treated with liquid nitrogen, and consideration was given to the Mob and Property Status of the NWD. The objective of the 2021 review was to simplify the NWD to encourage uptake, minimise errors and increase transparency.

The changes to the NWD V9.1 are:

  • The definition of NM has been made clearer as follows: No sheep in the mob has been mulesed or treated with liquid nitrogen.
  • There will be one Code only for Liquid Nitrogen (LN).
  • The two Property level questions used to determine Ceased Mulesing (CM) status will be removed. Note, CM was originally implemented in NWD Version 1.0 as an interim NWD Code, to assist growers transitioning to a NM flock. CM will be a valid status but only for wool declared and received prior to 19 April 2022.
  • Lots will be eligible for a Mob Mulesing Status (MS) listed in sale catalogues/test certificates, i.e. Non Mulesed (NM), Liquid Nitrogen (LN), Mulesed with Analgesic and/or Anaesthetic products (AA), Mulesed (M), or Not Declared (ND).
  • Wool selling agents have the option to choose which Mob Break description to use in NWD V9.0, i.e. Bale Ranges or 1st Bale in Mob.

IMPORTANT

Industry stakeholders developing documents or stationery must not change any of the definitions or supporting explanation in the NWD V9.1. This is to ensure consistency of the NWD and maximise the integrity of all Australian declarations, and to provide our customers with clarity on each NWD category enabling them to make informed purchasing decisions.

All selling agents are encouraged to quickly adopt the NWD V9.1 to allow all declarations to be made using V9.1 by 19 April 2022.

The following documents are available to download: NWD V9.1 Release Notes and Business Rules Issue 3, NWD V9.1 with Classer’s Specification in Landscape & Portrait and a Separate NWD V9.1. The documents are in PDF format. A Microsoft Word version is available and an individual Broker's logo can be added on request.

For more information contact: Dr Kerry Hansford, AWEX Technical Projects Manager, khansford@awex.com.au or (03) 9318 0277.

Download the NWD V 9.1 and Save to your Computer

Brokers updating to NWD V9.1 should ensure that both the NWD and the accompanying notes are carefully reviewed.

Combined Classer's Specification and NWD (NWD Definitions, Explanations and Codes are on p. 2).

AWEX NWD V9.1 November 2021 Landscape

AWEX NWD V9.1 November 2021 Portrait

Separate NWD for use with an "old" Classer's Specification or a Classer's Specification without a NWD. The NWD Definitions, Explanations and Codes are included on this single page.

AWEX NWD V9.1 November 2021 Separate

Additional information related to the NWD V9.1

AWEX NWD V9.1 Declaring What the World’s Demanding November 2021

AWEX NWD V9.1 How to Complete the NWD Correctly Sept 2021

AWEX NWD V9.1 FAQ November 2021

 

Download the NWD V 8.0 and Save to your Computer

Brokers updating to NWD V8.0 should ensure that both the NWD and the accompanying notes are carefully reviewed.

Combined Classer's Specification and NWD (NWD Definitions, Explanations and Codes are on p. 2).

AWEX NWD V8.0 March 2020 Landscape

AWEX NWD V8.0 March 2020 Portrait

Separate NWD for use with an "old" Classer's Specification or a Classer's Specification without a NWD. The NWD Definitions, Explanations and Codes are included on this single page.

AWEX NWD V8.0 March 2020 Separate

Additional information related to the NWD V8.0

AWEX NWD V8.0 Declaring What the World’s Demanding June 2021

AWEX NWD V8.0 How to Complete the NWD Correctly August 2021

AWEX NWD V8.0 FAQ August 2021