Best practice principles for sheep
Based on the universally recognised Five Freedoms of animal welfare, the IWTO Specifications for Wool Sheep Welfare provide a concise guide to best practice principles for wool sheep production around the world.
The Specifications respect the vast diversity of sheep production environments, and includes links to the legislative frameworks that protect animal welfare in each wool producing country.
Because of the differences in production systems, sheep breeds, and a host of climatic and environmental variables, best practices in animal welfare are highly specific to region and country. These are guided by the universal animal welfare principles that meet the physiological and behavioural need of sheep:
Read more about each principle and how it applies in practice in wool production: view or download the IWTO Specifications for Wool Sheep Welfare.