January 21, 2015
Te Huia takes on shearing record
All eyes in the shearing world will be on Te Hape Station near Bennydale today, where Stacey Te Huia will take on the world record for the number of crossbred ewes shorn in a nine-hour stint.
The record of 721 was set by Rodney Sutton in Porangahau in 2007.
Doug Laing from Shearing New Zealand says it’s a massive feat the Australian based Te Huia is taking on, and he has been back home in Te Kuiti for the past couple of months getting ready for the attempt which started at 5 this morning.
" To do it, Stacey will have to be cracking right from 5 o'clock in the morning doing an average of 80 an hour. He'll have to slightly beat that average to actually break the record. You can imagine these things they shear about 3 kilos of wool each or over that. And the animals themselves will be something in the order of 65 kgs on average. Just imagine pulling that across the shearing boards all day, 9 hours, you have an hours break for breakfast and an hour break for lunch, half an hour for morning and afternoon smoko. You finish at 5 o'clock you are doing in front of a couple of hundred people, if they can pack that many people into the woolshed, and its stinking hot " says Doug Laing
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