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Monday 24 July 2017

World record attempt will see four farmers shear up to 800 ewes in 24-hour relay

Farmer Derick Beattie, Coolroe, Tinahely, Co Wicklow as one lively ewe makes her way back to the flock after a good shearing. Photo: Roger Jones.
Farmer Derick Beattie, Coolroe, Tinahely, Co Wicklow as one lively ewe makes her way back to the flock after a good shearing. Photo: Roger Jones.

Farming Independent Team

A SHEEP event with a difference takes place in Westport, Co Mayo on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, when four local farmers will shear up to 800 ewes in a marathon 24-hour relay.

Shear Madness 2017 aims to raise more than €10,000 for the Mayo Mountain Rescue Team.

The idea was sparked by the loss last August of Louisburgh hill farmer Christy Gallagher in a fall on Mweelrea. "Where Christy fell on Mweelrea it was near impossible to get to him," explained Shear Madness PRO, Colm Clarke.

However, Mayo Mountain Rescue managed to recover Mr Gallagher's remains and it showed the "outstanding" help it offers.

The event takes place at Dummindoo Stud outside Westport, with a 'family fun day' on the Sunday including a range of attractions, with displays by some of the country's top shearers.

Further information from Colm Clarke on 087 7918644.


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