Walcha, South Wales – Australia
The Congi farm, located 30km west of Walcha, is the biggest in Australia’s New South Wales region, where Sydney is also located. For over a century, the farm has been breeding 25,000 merino sheep.
Now in their fourth generation, the Field family devotes great passion to producing exceptionally high quality wool, superfine and ultrafine Merino wool, using ultra-modern technology and sustainable, certified herd management processes.
Their herd rotation system, which ensures that pastures are changed every 4 days, allows them to improve the land and favours replenishment of food.
The conditions and the quality of the pastures influence the quality and length of the sheep’s fleece.
The health of the flocks is guaranteed by providing plenty of water with constant-flow water troughs, a further measure to avoid the consequences of contamination due to stagnant water.
Each sheep is microchipped to collect data about the animal and to monitor all of the activities performed on it. The microchip collects data such as the microns, staple length, resistance, standard deviation, and shearing history. It is an identity card for each merino sheep.
After shearing, the sheep are not subjected to the cruel practice of mulesing. On the contrary, the breeders use non-toxic spray to safeguard the sheep and the environment.