March 25, 2005
March 25, 2005 -- The United States, like many other major sheep-producing countries, is suffering from a shortage of sheep shearers. As producers prepare for the shearing season, some are finding it difficult to locate professionals in their area.
The American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Wool Council began addressing this issue in 2003 by establishing a Shearing Task Force. Over the last several months, ASI developed a national shearer database where contact information for shearers is compiled. Producers can contact ASI to receive a list of local shearers if they are having trouble locating someone in their area.
"Shearers from all regions of the United States are included in the database so it is likely that ASI will be able to pass-on information to any producer looking for a shearer," commented Bob Padula, ASI wool quality consultant. "We know there are more active shearers than we have in our database and ask for assistance from all segments of the industry - shearers, growers, warehouses and buyers - to encourage shearers to submit contact data to improve the information we can provide to the industry."
Shearers interested in being added into this database can contact Bob Padula at email@example.com.