Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Shearer Sets World Record By Des Williams

Sun, 5 Dec 2004

Shearer Sets World Record By Des Williams

Reporoa shearer Justin Bell set a world shearing record near Rotorua on Saturday [4 December] by dispatching 851 woolly Romney lambs through the porthole in a standard nine-hour day. Supported by a large crew of helpers in the shed, Bell averaged 37.9 seconds for each lamb shorn, handling some 21400 kgs of animal live-weight on the shearing board during his arduous ordeal.

Working in the Onuku Maori Trust Station woolshed at Rerewhakaaitu, Bell started his Supershear-sponsored quest at 5.00 a.m. and shore 196 lambs in the two-hour run to breakfast. The approved count-out from the world shearing records committee was however reduced to 193, with three lambs deducted for inferior quality.

Bell then worked two runs of one hour-45 minutes to mid-day lunch, producing successive tallies of 168. His pace dropped fractionally in the run after lunch but saw a further 164 lambs passed by the judges, leaving him just 147 in the final run to topple the 839 shorn by Pongaroa's Rodney Sutton in 2000.

With the shed packed to capacity throughout the final hours of the marathon shear, Bell concentrated on improving his quality rating and moved past Sutton's record with seven minutes of the five-o'clock deadline up his sleeve. The final run produced 158 lambs and the judges officially ratified the tally of 851 about 15 minutes after Bell's last lamb had disappeared down the chute into the count-out pen.

The official judges, Mark Baldwin (Australia), Doug Oliver (Te Kuiti) and Lex Jury (Taranaki) gave Bell an overall quality rating of 11.38. Each lamb clipped an average of 0.96 kgs wool, well inside the minimum requirement of 0.9 kgs.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>


Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland