The National Sheep Association (NSA) has opened its Lambing List for the 2020/2021 lambing season.

The Lambing List, which has run successfully for several years, connects sheep farming members of the NSA who need help at lambing time with agricultural and veterinary students looking for a work experience placement as part of their studies.

Despite some uncertainties surrounding Covid-19 rules it is expected to still be allowed for farmers to invite students on to farm to support work at lambing time.

To ensure both NSA’s farming members and students are kept as Covid safe as possible, new guidelines are available to users of the service to download from the NSA Next Generation website.

Katie James, NSA communications officer, said: “The NSA Lambing List has become the trusted method for many of our members to source extra lambing help over recent years and we are therefore pleased to be able to offer this service once again this year.

"It’s a very simple but effective process – we collate a list of NSA members looking for help at lambing time and produce an advert so students can approach them directly to ask for a placement.

“NSA does recognise there may be some concerns inviting students on to farm as additional help this coming lambing season and hopes that our updated guidelines can offer some support with this, however, if members have any further concerns we would encourage them to contact us at NSA to discuss the issue.”

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NSA members wanting to advertise on the list need to complete a short application form at giving brief details of their lambing system and the experience and position they can offer, including the provision of accommodation, meals and other details.

Adverts are listed in the order they are submitted, so NSA members are encouraged to get adverts in as early as possible.

Sheep farmers who are interested in using the list but are not yet NSA members can find a membership application formon the organisation's website.

The service is simple for students looking for a placement, with adverts split into regions to highlight positions available in different areas of the UK and overseas. The list can be found via the lambing and work experience pages at on the Next Generation web pages.