As the approaching shearing season looks set to face challenges with a potential reduction in workforce due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the National Sheep Association (NSA) has launched a new service aiming to link farmers with individual shearers in their area.

The list will allow shearers and farmers who may be able to offer additional shearing help where larger shearing gangs may be short of staff.

Farmers can access the list to make contact with shearers in their area at

NSA says it is important to not ignore those with shearing abilities who may be able to help on a smaller and local basis.

NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said: “Farmers and shepherds willing to do additional shearing work to that of their own flocks can complete this form to be listed on the new NSA Shearing list.

"This list will be viewable by farmers seeking shearers for the 2020 season and it will help ensure smaller producers can access capable and local shearers to ensure their flock is cared for despite the difficulties.”

“It’s important to recognise there is a lot of localised and independent shearing done, and with the pressure likely to be on this year due to fewer overseas shearers coming in we want to do what we can to connect those who want their sheep shorn, with our sheep farmers and shepherds who may be willing and keen to help out.”

NSA is encouraging any farmer who may find themselves in difficulty, be it with shearing or due to illness, to ensure they reach out and find whatever help is needed.

Mr Stocker said: “These are very difficult times and NSA is working hard, albeit from home, to help our members maintain their businesses and animal health throughout this crisis. This is just one tool and we invite anyone with any further concerns to contact us and we will do what we can to help. Where we can’t help directly, we can signpost you to somewhere that can.”