What is the Sheep Health and Welfare Group?

The Sheep Health and Welfare Group (SHAWG) is an independent body with membership that reflects the range of organisations involved in the sheep industry.  It will continue to act as a very extremely useful link between representatives of the sheep industry with Government departments and their agencies.Sheep health and welfare report

SHAWG was established in 2009 and has financial support from AHDB Beef & Lamb. One of the main projects in 2017 is communication to help reduce antibiotic use on sheep through best practice advice.

Sheep Health and Welfare Report for Great Britain 2016/17 produced by SHAWG.

SHAWG’s main objectives are:

  1. To reduce the impact of endemic disease by acting on surveillance data and new knowledge
  2. To ensure the industry is aware of the threat of any new or re-emerging diseases
  3. To promote and encourage responsible use of medicines, including anthelmintics and antimicrobials
  4. To ensure welfare is maintained as a priority for the sheep industry
  5. To highlight the role of nutrition in good health and welfare
  6. To deliver an integrated approach with all stakeholders, allied support industries, retailers and Government

The SHAWG is also responsible for the organisation and running of the  Sheep Health and Welfare Conference

The makeup of SHAWG supplies an immensely valuable resource for the sector, providing a wide ranging and deep knowledge of sheep health and welfare, and collaborating on behalf of the sheep farming industry for the benefit of flock health and welfare. Find out who our members are.

The SHAWG has established a set of Terms of Reference to ensure that the work we do remains targeted and does not duplicate work that others in the sector are already undertaking.


Farmer Representatives

Two farmer representatives from England and one from Wales are sought to join SHAWG to help shape the focus of the UK sheep industry. As part of the role, the farmer representatives are expected to feed in information from their area and other sheep farmers on current health and welfare challenges and provide feedback on initiatives or proposals through attendance at meetings and via the secretariat.

For more information, contact ku.gr1542522116o.bdh1542522116a@gni1542522116K.siL1542522116

Download the application form here. The closing date for applications is 5 November 2018.

The personal information we collect on this form will be used to assess your suitability to be a farmer representative for the Sheep Health and Welfare Group (SHAWG). The personal data of a successful applicant will be used to enable AHDB* and SHAWG to administer your role. The personal data of any unsuccessful applicant will be deleted within three months. AHDB will retain the personal data of successful applicants for up to six years as a record of your membership of SHAWG and to contact you for feedback.

*AHDB provide the secretariat for SHAWG and manage and fund the recruitment of farmer representatives for England