The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) is delighted to announce that international sheep shearers have been granted a special concession to be able to enter the UK this year, offering a vital source of professional and experienced staff to assist UK contractors.
Whilst it will be difficult for as many overseas shearers as normal to travel this year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, this opens the door for those who are now able to come and assist our national effort in getting UK sheep shorn safely and efficiently.
Commenting Jill Hewitt, NAAC Chief Executive said, “It is a big relief that the concession is now in place and we can start putting together the necessary paperwork for shearers to safely enter the UK.
This will be another difficult year, working within Covid restrictions, but the NAAC has liaised with Government and UK industry to publish a Covid-19 shearing checklist to ensure that shearers, wool handlers and farmers co-operate to keep everyone operating safely and to high standards of animal welfare”.
It will inevitably be a slower year; farmers are encouraged to get in touch with their shearers early to plan work and make certain everyone collaborates so that shearing can run as smoothly as possible.
The Covid Shearing Checklist and Shearing Register can be found here.