E.S. P. Wool production

by Kia Ora Merino

(Business)

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Kia Ora Merino is responsible for developing Ethical, Sustainable, Profitable wool production (E.S.P. Wool). We have amalgamated quality, welfare, environmental standards with the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators and drafted a plan to exceed these.

Project implemented: June 2016

Project goal

Our goal is to produce wool, following best practice, in an earth, people and animal friendly manner.

delivering on

why is this project important?

Our work enhances the provenance of wool produced in Australia and exported to the world by highlighting the SDG it meets.

Key steps to make it happen

1Earth

We return to the earth what has been taken and ensure no sediment runoff into the waterways.

2People

We ensure a healthy work life balance, safety of workers and good remuneration.

3Animals

We respect the five freedoms of animals.

  • Winner Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year, Australian Biosecurity Awards 2020.
  • We were the Meat & Livestock Australia Sustainable Producer of the Year, in the Lambition Awards 2020.
  • Kia Ora won the Small and Medium Enterprise and the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award 2019 in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards, for our cross-operational commitment to sustainability.
  • Kia Ora was accredited as the 58th Victorian sanctuary, under the Wildlife Land Trust and awarded Land for Wildlife status. These are voluntary conservation programs aiming to support and enhance flora and fauna on private land, alongside production. https://www.wildlife.vic.gov.au/protecting-wildlife/land-for-wildlife
  • We established the Best Food and Fibre Environment Group Inc., and work with extended family and friends to protect remnant vegetation and improve the environment.
  • Kia Ora is also involved in the Australian Platypus Monitoring Network and site monitoring.   https://www.platypusnetwork.org.au/home

As a producer we acknowledged that agriculture was historically a huge driver for biodiversity loss. There is also a need for agriculture to feed the world. As a farmer living on and managing agricultural land we made a plan to be earth, people and animal friendly. We pursued productivity, which facilitated profit and in return have shut off land, predominantly riparian areas, for biodiversity. We use some chemicals to optimise, not maximise, productivity and ensure none leave the property, protecting waterways and biodiversity areas. We developed and documented our Ethical Sustainable Profitable (E.S.P.) wool production plan is guide and describe our practice.

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