INDUSTRY organisations have produced a joint guidance on sheep shearing to remind farmers and professional contractors to work together to ensure that sheep are handled appropriately during shearing.

The guide explains everyone’s responsibilities, so that every step from the presentation of sheep on farm, through to livestock handling and the shearing process is well-planned, organised and calmly implemented.

British Wool is the approved provider for shearing training in the UK. Gareth Jones, producer marketing manager, said: "British Wool is proud of the quantity and quality of shearers in the UK, with over 800 candidates participating in courses throughout 2018. British Wool is committed to continuous development of our training programme, providing the next generation of shearers with the opportunity to learn a traditional rural skill that is vital for the UK sheep industry."