FUW supports joint industry guidance on sheep shearing

THE FUW has joined other industry organisations in producing joint guidance on sheep shearing to remind farmers and professional contractors to work together to ensure that sheep are hand led appropriately during shearing.

The guide reinforces current best practise involving every step from the presentation of sheep on farm through to livestock handling and ensures that the shearing process is well‐planned, organised and calmly implemented .

Th e FUW welcomes a joint industry approach on this issue in order to ensure the best possible welfare for sheep during the shearing process. Shearing is a highly skilled process and the retention of skilled and professional shearers is essential. This guidance provides a checklist for the entire procedure and helps in the planning and undertaking of shearing sheep.

Shearing is absolutely essential for reducing the likelihood of disease and those parasitic infections which cause health and welfare problems for sheep.

Sheep keepers in Britain adhere to rigorous scientifically validated animal welfare regulations and this guidance reinforces the commitment by industry to ensu re that shearing is conducted to very high standards.

FUW members wishing to receive a copy of this guidance should contact th eir local cou nty office.

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