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Official Statement

Written by: ASAS Board

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Official Statement from the American Society of Animal Science Board of Directors

Official Statement from the American Society of Animal Science Board of Directors

As long as there are sheep, shearing must be practiced for the health and hygiene of each individual animal. Unlike other animals, most sheep are unable to shed. If a sheep goes too long without being shorn, a number of problems occur. 

  • The excess wool impedes the ability of sheep to regulate their body temperatures. This can cause sheep to become overheated and die. 
  • Urine, feces and other materials become trapped in the wool, attracting files, maggots and other pests. This causes irritation, infections and endangers the health of the animal. 
  • Sheep with large amounts of wool can become immobilised by physical obstacles in their path and are more susceptible to predator attacks.