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 V9.3 documentation.

NWD V9.3 March 2022 (release date 25 July 2022)

The 2022 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 approved key changes to the NWD V9.3 are:

  • NM definition refers to the exclusion of liquid nitrogen,
  • Introduction of Liquid Nitrogen (LN) for sheep treated with liquid nitrogen, LN mobs to be identified separately from NM, AA, M, ND mobs,
  • CM has been retained,
  • Both questions related to Ceased Mulesing (CM) Status now have a 12 month time frame, and
  • NM & LN clips may be eligible for CM, where NM or LN is used on the youngest mobs.

IMPORTANT

Industry stakeholders developing documents or stationery must not change any of the definitions or supporting explanation in the NWD V9.3. 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 V9.3 to allow all declarations to be made using V9.3 by 25th July 2022.

The following documents are available to download:

NWD V9.3 with Classer's Specification in Landscape & Portrait and a Separate NWD V9.3. Note, Microsoft Word versions are available and an individual Broker's logo can be added on request.

NWD V9.3 Brochures: Declaring what the World's Demanding, How to Complete the NWD Correctly and FAQs and Business Rules for Mulesing Status.

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

Download the NWD V 9.3 and Save to your Computer

Brokers updating to NWD V9.3 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 V9.3 March 2022 Landscape

AWEX NWD V9.3 March 2022 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 V9.3 March 2022 Separate

Additional information related to the NWD V9.3

AWEX NWD V9.3 Declaring What the World’s Demanding March 2022

AWEX NWD V9.3 How to Complete the NWD Correctly March 2022

AWEX NWD V9.3 FAQ March 2022

AWEX NWD V9.3 Business Rules for Mulesing Status 

Download the NWD V 8.0 and Save to your Computer

All templates and brochures for NWD V8.0, which is only valid up to 25 July 2022, can be found below.

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