Australian non-mulesed wool is being bought before auction by overseas buyers willing to pay a premium. The manager at Shelford's Warrambeen Merino stud, Andrew Kirk, said wool from their past two shearings had been sold to overseas interests at a higher price than it would have made if it had gone under the hammer.
Warrambeen owners, the Taylor family, made the decision to stop mulesing almost a decade ago due to animal welfare concerns. They have tackled the problems mulesing is used to combat through genetics and a change in management. "Breeding is out No.1 tactic," Mr Kirk said.
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