A flock of Merino rams roaming free at the Congi Station

Congi Station, Walcha, Australia

At the core of our garments is a 17.5 micron superfine merino wool. It is the product from our mulesing free sheep that roam free on the Congi Station. Located 30 km west of Walcha this farm has been raising livestock for over a century, and currently manages around 25,000 merino sheep. Now in their fourth generation, the Field family produces exceptionally high-quality wool using modern technology and sustainable, certified herd management processes.

At the Congi Station they understand that fiber quality is a result from the way sheep and land is managed. That is why they have adopted the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) so their flock can enjoy a healthy, safe life free from hunger, thirst and pain.

Better husbandry is the answer

The sheep on the Congi Station are not subjected to Mulesing, a procedure that involves the removal of a part of skin from the backside to prevent the infection that is caused by the flystrike. The Field family believes better husbandry is the answer. Sheep can be spared flystrike through more humane methods such as diet regulation non-toxic, spray washing and breeding types of Merino sheep that are better suited for the Australian climate.

Preventing flystrike is just one of the activities performed to maintain the health of the sheep and the land they graze on.

The sheep must always have access to clean water and adequate nutrition, suited to the animals’ age and needs. There is a herd rotation system in place that ensures that pastures are changed every 4 days allowing them to improve the land and favoring the replenishment of food and there are routine welfare inspections to monitor the flock for signs of diseases.

Although it seems like common sense, the reality is that these standards are needed to differentiate the good from the bad in a market where enough players are active that like to take short cuts when it comes to animal welfare.

Merino sheep migrating to new pasture at the Congi Station
Merino sheep migrating to new pasture at the Congi Station
Close up of a Merino sheep staring into the camera lens at the Congi Station
Shepherd walking through flock
Shepherds dog standing on the backs of Merino sheep at the Congi station.
A flock of Merino sheep roaming free at the Congi Station
A side view close up of the head from a Merino ram Congi Station
Shepherds resting on fence at Congi Station
Freshly shorn Merino fleece is sorted by quality at Congi Station
Shearer pressing Merino fleece into a bale at Congi station
The Congi team of shepherds posing a packed bales of Merino wool
Packed, stamped and closed Merino wool bales stored in warehouse at Congi Station
seamstress sewing labels to knitwear at Point Tricot

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Shepherd herding a flock of Merino d'Arles sheep on the meadows of Vallon de Lauzanier

Merino d'Arles Shepherd