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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What premium is needed to end mulesing?

By Robert Herrmann  |  Source: AWEX, ACA

The debate in the wool industry around whether Australian wool producers should be mulesing their sheep or not is on-going. One way to sort out the pro’s & con’s is to look at the costs. Clearly farmers would prefer not to mules sheep; it’s not a nice job and it incurs a cost. Mulesing is carried out because overall it reduces the cost of production; but what is the cost of not mulesing and by deduction what is the premium required to incentivise more growers to cease mulesing?

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