Suffering sheep also a ewes-ful business opportunity
Worcestershire’s farmers are urgently seeking
shearing services for small flocks of sheep, before rising
temperatures and increased rainfall cause major problems this
Unsheared sheep can fall victim to serious
illness as they grow hot and wet and under the weight of thick
fleeces, but mainstream shearing operations will normally only take
on larger jobs of 100 or more sheep.
As many as one in five Worcestershire farmers
are estimated to hold flocks of under 100 sheep.
Mr V. J. Davies (pictured) is one of the
farmers that has approached Worcestershire Regulatory Services
about the problem. Unable to find a shearer for his small flock of
30 dorset ewes and lambs in Berrow near the Malvern Hills, he came
to the authorities for assistance.
Now the call is going out across the county
for entrepreneurs to provide the service and help prevent
unnecessary suffering of livestock. Local farmers and shearers
alike are being urged to get in touch with Worcestershire
Head of Worcestershire Regulatory
Services Steve Jorden said: “There are huge welfare
implications when shearing sheep as the summer progresses, it’s not
just to harvest the wool. Centuries of careful breeding has given
them very thick fleeces and if they aren’t sheared they get hot,
wet and suffer badly".
If you have a small flock that needs shearing,
want to help provide this service, or for any related inquiries
please contact Worcestershire Regulatory Services on 01905 822799
or email email@example.com.