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Shearing record is being smashed in hot Hawke’s Bay woolshed

Te Awamutu shearer Luke Mullins gets into his work early in the second run of today’s World sheepn shearing record at Waitara Station in Hawke’s Bay.
Mullins, 39, topped the individual tallies with 277 as he and Southland shearer Eru Weeds and James Mack, originally from the Mangakino area, shore 804 to the half-way stage after two two-hour runs of their attempt on a three-stand record of 1347 ewes in eight hours.

January 17, 2017

Shearing record is being smashed in hot Hawke’s Bay woolshed

Sheep shearers James Mack, Eru Weeds and Luke Mullins are heading towards adding up to 170 sheep to a World shearing record as they battle the tough conditions of heat and well-wooled pumiced sheep in a Hawke’s Bay woolshed.

Targeting a three-stand tally of 1347 in eight hours, they had shorn 804 in the two two-hours runs to the halfway stage of the attempt at Waitara Station, inland northwest of Napier.

At the equivalent stage of the existing record shorn in Hawke’s Bay almost 13 months ago, shearers Shelford Wilcox, Kalin Chrystal and Errol Chrystal had shorn 708.

Youngest member Mullins, aged 35 and from Taihape but now living in Te Awamutu, tops the individual tallies with 277 (1348 and 139) at the one-hour halfway break. Weeds, 38, from Ohai in Southland but living in Roxburgh, Central Otago, had shorn 267 (134 and 133), and senior member James Mack, 43, from Waikato, had shorn 260 (126 and 134).

The scene at Waitara Station, where the temperature outside is expected to reach over 30deg during the day.

A team of World Sheep Shearing Society judges is overseeing the event, headed by Australia-based Peter Black, and including Welsh officials Arwyn Jones and Martyn David. An extra sheep shorn by Weeds was rejected by the judges, but convenor Peter Black, said the quality ratings have been comfortably within the requirements.

The shearers are on a one-hour break before heading into the third run from 11.30am to 1.30pm, and the countdown run from2pm to the end at 4pm.


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