Farm Ireland

Monday 18 December 2017

Organisers targeting a new world record

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

No stranger to competition, George Graham, programme coordinator for this year's event, is the current Irish record holder having sheared 483 ewes in nine hours.

George's job was to design the programme of events for the championships and decide on everything that would be needed to support it.

"It will involve up to 250 competitors and 2,300 sheep," George said. "Each day will be made up of heats, semi-finals and finals for all groups: junior, intermediate, senior and open.

"The competitions will involve machine shearing, wool handling and hand shearing. On Saturday Irish competitions will be run off, including the presentation of prizes. On Sunday the same will be done for the international events."

The top two machine shearers, wool handlers and hand shearers from each grade will go on to represent Ireland at the Worlds in Wales in July.

A special international event, the Click Pour-On Speed Shear Challenge, will take place in the main marquee on Saturday night at 10pm. This event will pit 20 international shearers against one another in shearing six lambs each. It is hoped this event will establish a world record.


"It should be some spectacle: 120 lambs shorn in around 120 seconds," said George.

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On Sunday international competitions begin at 8am and will include a Test shearing match between Wales and Ireland, where the two top machine and hand shearers from each country will compete for the spoils.

Irish Independent