Three applications lodged for world shearing record attempts

Applications for three record bids over the next few weeks have been received by the World Shearing Records Society.

The first will be on January 31 when former solo eight-hour strong wool lambs record holder Cam Ferguson, of Waipawa, will team up with Dannevirke shearers Adam Brausch and Ringa Paewai in an attempt on the three-stand record of 1784.

The second attempt will be on February 5, with a surprise entry into the records race by Golden Shears and New Zealand opens champion and Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick, teaming with Invercargill-based Eru Weeds, originally from Dannevirke, James Mack, originally from Thames Valley, and Leon Samuels, of Invercargill.

Shearing at Centre Hill Station near Mossburn, Northern Southland, they plan to set a mark for the vacant four-stand lambs record for eight hours.

The third attempt will be Te Kuiti shearer Stacey Te Huia, targeting the nine-hour ewes record of 721. Te Huia will make the attempt on February 12 at Te Hape, in the King Country.