Coronavirus: Matchmaking service to help shortage of sheep shearers

Industry organisations have come together to deliver a matchmaking service for UK shearers and contractors, as it is unlikely that overseas shearers will be able to travel to the UK due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC), with the NFU, NFU Cymru and other farming bodies, has launched an online register to bring together shearing contractors and skilled, proficient shearers.

With overseas shearers covering about 20% of the national flock, the industry is trying to utilise UK shearers as best they can to fill this resource gap and complete the shearing season. 

Click here to use the NFU's COVID-19 business impact service.

By using this form, farmers and growers can provide information on any business-critical issues they have encountered, or expect to encounter, arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. The NFU will log this information and use it in an anonymised format to flag the key issues agriculture and horticulture are facing to government on a daily basis. However, no personal data will be shared with the government. The service is for all farmers and growers across the UK.

NFU chief livestock adviser John Royle said:

“Shearing sheep is an essential part of maintaining high animal health and welfare, and it is more important than ever that the industry workers together to get the job done.
“UK shearers are going to have to cover more ground this season, but this matchmaking service should help identify where there are gaps in resource and provide solutions.
“I urge contractors and shearers to register to the service, and I ask farmers to plan ahead and get in touch with their contractor as early as possible.”

Organisations involved include:

  • National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC)
  • NFU
  • NFU Cymru
  • British Wool
  • Farmers Union of Wales (FUW)
  • NFU Scotland
  • National Sheep Association (NSA)

Coronavirus: Updates and advice

This news hub on NFUonline will be updated regularly to keep you up to date with what you need to know and how to deal with the various issues raised by coronavirus. Visit the hub.

    You might specifically be interested in:




    © 2020 - NFUonline