Avington’s dedication to sustainability is unwavering. The following environmentally sound farming techniques minimise our farming footprint.
Avington carefully manages the pastures to ensure ground cover is always maintained throughout the year. Prevention of over grazing means healthier pastures with more water and carbon in the soil resulting in healthier sheep.
The sides to all natural streams are fenced and planted with native vegetation to filter run off and control erosion. The stock are watered by dams and troughs to minimise the impact on the environment.
Around 8,000 native trees are planted each year at Avington to shelterbelts between paddocks and the property perimeter. These plantings provide shade and shelter for stock, increase biodiversity, protect natural streams and allow carbon levels to increase in the soil. Approximately 150,000 trees have been planted at Avington over the past 22 years.
Dedicated conservation areas
Avington has worked with the North East Catchment Authority to manage the creation and maintenance of dedicated conservation areas on the farm. An area of 15% of the total property has been set aside and planted with native vegetation providing habitat for endangered native flora and wildlife.
This certification recognises Avington’s production of the highest quality wool via the sustainable management of natural and physical resources. This Scheme was developed by New England Wool, in conjunction with its Italian shareholders to support and recognise sustainable wool producers in Australia.
NewMerino® is a fully transparent and non-biased certification system for Australian merino independent of any sector in the wool industry. All Certified Merino Growers are audited by NewMerino® to demonstrate that farms are managed in a sustainable and holistic manner and that all animals are cared for in accordance with the principals of the Five Freedoms. This knowledge about individual suppliers enables brands to have full confidence in the authenticity of their fibre supply.
Animal Health Australia works with the sheep meat and wool industries to develop and implement national programs to safeguard the health of Australia’s sheep population. The MAPs scheme identifies flocks that have a low risk of infection of Johne’s disease. The flocks have been assessed and are being managed in such as way to protect them from the disease.
A Victorian Government livestock market assurance program designed to allow flocks with a low risk for OB be traded with an accredited status.