Wednesday 26 October 2016

All-Ireland Sheep Shearing Champion shaves seconds off Guinness World Record record to claim top title on RTE's 'Big Week on the Farm'

Published 04/04/2016 | 20:16

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Credit: RTE

The man who just claimed a Guinness World Records title after shearing a sheep in less than 38 seconds said he wants to give the impressive record "another go".

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Donegal man Ivan Scott (33) beat the GWR title for the fastest time to shear a sheep on the opening episode of Big Week on the Farm on RTÉ One this evening.

Credit: RTE
Credit: RTE

The current All-Ireland Sheep Shearing Champion - an accolade he has claimed an impressive eight times - knocked 1.41 seconds off the existing record live from a Co Westmeath farm.

From Kilmacrennan near Letterkenny, Mr Scott previously took the record for the number of sheep sheared in eight hours in New Zealand in 2012, shearing 744 lambs.

He told BWotF viewers who watched his successful battle to beat the 39.31 second world record: “I want another go!"


Credit: RTE
Credit: RTE

Guinness World Record adjudicator, Glenn Pollard, made the final call - a particularly impressive feat at a time when the wool is more difficult to shave.

“It was a privilege to watch Ivan at work today. He is clearly a very skilled practitioner and well worth his brand new Guinness World Records title,” he said.

Meanwhile, chair of the Irish Sheep Shearing Association, Tom Dunne assessed whether the sheep was sheared to World Shearing Committee standards and that there were no nicks to the sheep afterwards.

Hosted by Áine Lawlor and Ella McSweeney, Big Week on the Farm will be screened at 7pm every night this week from a farm on the shores of Lough Derravragh in Co Westmeath.

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