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.

SHAWG was established in 2009 and has financial support from AHDB Beef & Lamb (formerly EBLEX).Sheep health and welfare report

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 following initiatives:

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.