Selective Breeding to Counteract Flystrike in Australian Merino Sheep

Australia’s sheep deserve better methods of flystrike prevention that painful mutilation of their bottoms.  Humane Society International Australia and Four Paws International commissioned this independent survey and case studies of woolgrowers who have transitioned to plain-bodied Merinos that do not require to be mulesed.

The report shows that nearly all woolgrowers have experienced increased financial benefits since transitioning to plain-bodied sheep and the welfare of their animals is also improved. Furthermore, they are now well positioned to meet the market in the years to come as more retailers make the decision to only stock products which use non-mulesed wool.

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