A set of joint guidelines on sheep shearing has been produced by several industry bodies, set to promote a joined-up approach from farmers and professional contractors.
The Joint Guidance on Sheep Shearing is set to remind farmers and professional contractors to ‘work together to ensure that sheep are handled appropriately during shearing’.
Phil Stocker, National Sheep Association (NSA) chief executive, says: “This industry guidance is a valuable checklist that will help farmers and shearers to prepare in advance so the entire operation goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Jill Hewitt, Technical Consultant of the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) adds: “Shearers take their responsibility to protect animal welfare very seriously.
“This will be a positive step to remind everyone of the importance of working together.”