NSA reminds industry to follow shearing guidelines and uphold standards this shearing season  

26th April 2019

As shearing season begins across the UK, NSA is reminding farmers and contactors to do their bit to uphold industry standards and protect our reputation.

Following the videos released by ‘animals rights’ organisation PETA last autumn, NSA joined with industrypartners to produce a practical and coherent set of guidelines for anyone working in the shearing shed, to ensure the industry presents itself in an acceptable light. NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker says: “It is absolutely vital that all involved in shearing, and indeed any sheep handling activity, ensure they are working at the highest possible standard. While we know that sheep welfare is improved by shearing as the weather warms, these organisations espouse the message that we are simply doing it for profit and care not a jot for the welfare of the sheep. These animal rights campaigning groups will take any opportunity to attack our industry and even small slip ups, observed by the wrong person, can be extremely damaging and time consuming to deal with. Our best line of defence is to limit their opportunities.”

Phil concludes: “For those more adventurous souls it may even be worth inviting local people in to watch and I’d put money on far more people being impressed than concerned."

 The shearing guidelines, which were produced by NSA, NAAC, NFU Cymru, NFU Scotland, NFU, FUW and British Wool, can be found athttps://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/policy-work/26182/joint-industry-guidance-for-shearing/.