The Lindsay family are going to do their level best to fleece
you and it's all for a good cause.
Mike and Elaine Lindsay made headlines when they invited
Guinness World Records officials to their Omahau Hill
Station, near Twizel, to witness a bid for the world's
If confirmed, their merino wether, dubbed Big Ben, whose
fleece weighed in at 28.9kg, will take the title.
Big Ben was one of four merinos which escaped muster for
about five years and which, when finally captured a few weeks
ago, sported fleeces estimated to be about half a metre long.
The Lindsays decided to make something of the opportunity and
help raise the nearly $2 million needed for the Twizel
medical centre's upgrade.
Mrs Lindsay told Courier Country the family was considering
ways to best use the fleeces to bring in as much money as
''Ideally, there would be an oil-rich sheik who would just
give us the whole $2 million,'' she said, laughing.
Realistically, they would probably get the wool made into
garments which could be auctioned or sell souvenir bundles
for a donation, she said.
The merinos were clipped at the station woolshed in front of
a crowd of about 150 invited guests and in accordance with
Guinness World Records criteria. About $500 was raised at the
New Zealand blade shearing champion Tony Dobbs had the task
of divesting Big Ben of his wool, which took about 25
The combined fleeces produced more than 90kg of wool.
Formal confirmation of the record is expected to take about a
month but if confirmed, Big Ben's record will be the first
recognised by Guinness World Records.
Until now Central Otago's Shrek's 27kg fleece has been
unofficially regarded as the heaviest in the world.