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Southern WA celebrates second world-shearing record set in a fortnight



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Saturday afternoon noticed a trio of New Zealand-born shearers take the world merino lamb shearing report title, in a record-breaking try two years within the making. 

Brothers Lou and Jim Brown, alongside cousin Imran Sullivan hit the clippers at 7:30am for a protracted eight hours of shearing with a number of breaks in-between.

The boys smashed the earlier report of 1,208 lambs shorn set in 2003, with their whole of 1,603 lambs to change into the new three-stand eight-hour merino lamb shearing report holders.

About 10 litres of water every and a few handfuls of jellybeans served as gas within the lead as much as an emotional end.

This was the second shearing world report set in Southern WA for the fortnight, with Koen Black breaking the single eight-hour merino lamb shearing record on October 27.

Three men shearing with wool pile
The three males shore 1,603 lambs in eight hours.(ABC Nice Southern: Sophie Johnson)

The uncooked emotion

“It is at all times been at the back of the thoughts to do one thing like this, and this report was up for grabs … everybody’s come from far and huge, folks I ain’t seen in ages, so it is fairly cool,” Imran Sullivan stated.

“I did not suppose it would be that mentally powerful, however it’s as a result of it is simply completely different. It is not like shearing every single day at work,” he stated.

Two shearers hugging
There have been a whole lot of feelings when the clock lastly stopped.(ABC Nice Southern: Sophie Johnson)

There was a whole lot of assist behind the lads on the day, with Jim saying it was family and friends that received him over the road.

“They noticed how arduous I used to be doing it, and they’d egg me on. I hit a wall,” he stated.

“[I was] pondering of everybody, what they’d achieved for me, household, simply respect, could not let anybody down.”

Lots of of kilograms of wool had been collected, whereas music pumped in motivation.

Three men shearing with rousies around.
The eight-hour shearing report try was cut up into 4 runs.(ABC Nice Southern: Sophie Johnson)

“You simply take it because it comes and simply preserve going, preserve digging,” Lou stated.

For him, the aftermath was surreal.

“It hasn’t actually sunk in … it is kind of simply numb throughout,” he stated.

Loads of prep

The trio travelled to Cranbrook for the massive day, the place Wayne Pech agreed to host the occasion at his shearing shed, supplying his lambs.

Mr Pech stated the report try was about two years within the making, however attributable to COVID journey restrictions for judges it had been delayed.

“I feel it is a actually nice initiative to have Lou, Jim and Imran strategy me for this report try and to have the ability to showcase a whole lot of the nice features of the sheep trade,” Mr Pech stated.

Four men standing at record awards ceremony
Wayne Pech standing with the brand new world report holders.(ABC Nice Southern: Sophie Johnson)

Mr Pech needed to put together sufficient lambs for the lads, preserve the livestock effectively fed and in good situation.

“It is superb, the assistance from my workers, and the assistance from different folks within the shearing trade, the quantity of labor that is been concerned in making ready the sheep,” he stated.

“It is simply nice to see all all features of the sheep and agriculture trade come collectively, and have some nice shearers that wish to wish to have a crack at this report try.”

Spectators watching shearing world record attempt
The report try was an open occasion for the neighborhood to attend.(ABC Nice Southern: Sophie Johnson)

The assist crew

Though the shearers are working the toughest, there’s a entire crew on the ground and behind the scenes to maintain the move.

Among the many crew was rouseabout Maisie McFarlane from Frankland River Shearing Companies.

Her position was to gather and kind the wool that was clipped from the sheep.

Maisie McFarlane
Maisie McFarlane was a rousie with the record-breaking crew.(ABC Nice Southern: Sophie Johnson)

“I used to be truly honoured to be part of the entire report,” she stated.

She stated the wool was coming off fairly clear, which made her job simpler.

“It is superb how fast and environment friendly they are often. We’ve hardly any pores and skin popping out, which is superior.”

“I do not know the way they’re doing it however they’re pumping method more durable than I’ve seen ever, so fairly happy with the way in which they’re truly working,” Ms McFarlane stated.

Maisie McFarlane working
Ms McFarlane collected and sorted the wool.(ABC Nice Southern: Sophie Johnson)

Shearing report guidelines

To qualify, every sheep needed to produce a kilogram of wool after shorn.

Sheep had been disqualified from the depend for sloppy shearing, akin to leaving open wounds.

Five men standing by lamb pen.
The report try was officiated by the World Shearing Data Society, some judges travelling from New Zealand.(ABC Nice Southern: Sophie Johnson)

One of many official judges for the day, Ronnie King, stated not many lambs had been discounted general.

“These guys do know that once they’re doing it, what the usual needs to be, they usually attempt to preserve inside that realm,” he stated.