Sheep farmers needed to represent industry on health and welfare panel

Sheep farmers are needed to nominate themselves for two important roles on a national sheep health and welfare panel.

The Sheep Health and Welfare Group (SHAWG) has given farmers until 5 November to nominate themselves as farmer representatives.

SHAWG is an independent body focusing on issues such as responsible medicine use, nutrition and disease surveillance.

The representative roles will see farmers feed information back from their area and other farming colleagues on current health and welfare challenges.

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This will require representatives to provide feedback on industry initiatives through meetings or communication via the secretariat.  

The role is not a professional position, but expenses and a small payment are provided for attending up to three meetings a year.

Each representative term lasts two years. Farmers can complete three two-year terms. 

Charles Sercombe, SHAWG chairman and farmer representative, said: “Being part of this group is a great opportunity to make a difference in the industry and influence the direction of travel of sheep health and welfare in the UK.

“In return, you are more in tune with the latest developments and influences, which makes you look at how you manage your flock in a different light.”

For more information, contact or by phone on 07741 077 244.

You can download the application form the SHAWG website.

The successful candidates will be announced at the SHAWG conference on 21 November in Staffordshire.

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