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Pain relief for Mulesing

The primary methods of pain relief used for Mulesing are Buccalgesic and Tri Solfen.   Ilium  Buccalgesic®  OTM, a buccal  formulation containing  the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory  drug (NSAID) meloxicam, was registered  in 2016 for the alleviation of pain associated  with castration...

Slaughter

Meat and Livestock Australia estimated that 21.2 million lambs would be sent to slaughter in Australia in 2019. Despite the industry wanting us to believe in a “humane” slaughter method this is far from the truth. The animals suffer...

Transport

When sheep are transported in trucks they are crammed in to stop them from falling over. Although this does help to stabilize them it is common for trucks to contain downed sheep who are unable to get up and...

Saleyards

Thousands of sheep pass through Australian saleyards every week. Most are waiting to be purchased for slaughter. Pens are crammed full of sheep who are commonly injured or sick. It is illegal to transport pregnant ewes yet it is...

Shelter

There is no legal requirement to provide any form of shelter even from extremes of weather at farms, saleyards, feedlots or slaughterhouses. This includes the most basic form of shade. Sheep can be seen on days in the high 30s...

Shearing

Sheep were originally self-shedding so kept enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes. The fleece provides effective insulation against both cold and heat. Due to breeding and genetic manipulation, however, sheep raised by the wool industry produce excessive...

Flystrike

What is flystrike? Flystrike is when a blowfly lays eggs in the fleece of the sheep and the eggs hatch into larvae that in turn become maggots. These maggots then eat into the skin and tissue of the sheep....

Mulesing

What is mulesing? Mulesing involves cutting a crescent-shaped slice of skin from each side of the buttock area; the usual cut on each side is 5 – 7cm in width and extends slightly less than halfway from the anus...