What do live ammunition, gumboots, car keys, cellphones and a jug have in common?

All those items — plus a host of other unusual things — have been found in wool bales in the past season.

New Zealand Wool Classers Association (NZWCA) chief executive and registrar Bruce Abbott said bale contamination was a significant problem and even something as simple as farmers providing rubbish bins and coat hooks in wool sheds could effectively reduce incidences.

He urged farmers to make sure their wool sheds were tidy with loose items removed before the shearers arrived so they would not be picked up with fleeces or fall into fadges.

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