Sheep suckling lambs© Tim Scrivener

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has reopened a service that connects farmers with students looking to get a foot on “the sheep farming ladder”.

Now live on the NSA website, the NSA Lambing List for 2016/2017 will link NSA member farmers in need of assistance during lambing time with agricultural or veterinary students looking for work experience in the lambing industry.

NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker says the platform is “hugely valuable” for sheep farmers and for students “as they look to pursue a career in the sheep sector”.

“It’s a great service for our members, but also provides a boost for young people keen to get ahead,” he says.

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NSA farmer members can register their details for the NSA to publish so students can approach farmers directly.

Adverts, which farmers can place by via the NSA’s online Lambing List will be posted as they are received.

Details required from farmers include:

  • If experience is required
  • Number of ewes to lamb
  • If accommodation or meals can be provided 

Students seeking a placement can browse the NSA’s online Lambing Work Experience pages.