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Coronavirus: How the crisis is affecting sheep shearing

Sheep shearers are worried about the possible shortage of foreign workers during the coronavirus crisis due to quarantine rules.

About a fifth of the British flock is sheared by up to 150 workers from places like New Zealand - but this year, they are choosing not to come.

But with the need for social distancing in pens and a drop in the price of wool, this season - which is starting now - is "challenging".

"There’s issues around risk, whether they want to travel over to the UK," said Gareth Jones from British Wool.

"As it’s a short window, the quarantine will affect what they’re able to do once they get here.”