Wool marking sprays threaten processing – a collaborative solution to the problem.
After hearing ongoing reports from the NZ Wool Industry about the problems farmers have with their wool clips in regards to stained wool from wool marking sprays, and the National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests Incorporated taking out full page advertising aimed at ALL NZ WOOLGROWERS with a clear message that “wool with raddle and spray markings cannot be scoured and has NO VALUE”, my company AHD Ltd went about finding a solution to the problem.
“Wool classers can remove stained wool before it reaches the market” says National association executive director Bruce Abbot.1
“Staining on wool must be stamped out at source – on farms”, New Zealand Woolscouring Chief Executive Nigel Hales says.2
Working in conjunction with Chemz, a local aerosol company, we scientifically developed and tested a fading, scourable wool marker formulation. We then trialled the product on several properties, on 360 sheep, and with the support from CP Wools and Kells Wool perfected the formulation.
The outcome is “FADE AWAY” a revolutionary scourable stock marker. The blemish on the wool is scourable (independently tested through a wool scouring plant) leaving little to no trace of tainting of foreign contamination.
Fade Away sits on top of the wool and is not absorbed into the fibre. What colour does creep into the fibres is scourable, unlike other spray wool markers on the market that stain even further if the fleece gets wet. Fadeaway does not behave in the same manner.
Fade Away has shown to last up to 5 months on the fleece allowing plenty of time to identify marked stock.
Fade Away has been developed by New Zealand companies for New Zealand farmers, has been approved for use by MPI and is proudly distributed by AHD Ltd 1229 Maraekakaho Road Hastings Hawke’s Bay.
Fade Away is available from your local rural outlet or veterinarian from Mid July 2020 in five striking colours.
1 Farmers weekly 1 November 2019 – Spray markers can cripple wool prices
2 Farmers weekly 7 November 2019 – Wool stains could stop processing