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Southland Shearer Breaks Record

Jan 14, 2021
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Gore female shearer Megan Whitehead has just today set a new world record in solo women’s nine-hour strong wool lamb shearing.

In just under 12 hours she passed Waikato shearer Emily Welch’s record of 648 that was set back in 2007 – carrying on to reach 662.

Supported every step of the way by her father Quinton, the original world record holder Jills Angus Burney (541 sheep in 1989) was also there watching today’s action.

The 12-hour stint was not without its problems – with Whitehead experiencing gear problems in the first section, but quickly regained speed after lunch.

Averaging about 47 seconds per sheep, experts described her shearing quality as exceptional, with few mistakes along the way.

Southland shearing legend Nathan Stratford has also been supporting her and the live stream was viewed by Sir David Fagan from his home near Te Kuiti.

Whitehead has only been shearing about five years but already has her sights set on further world-class shearing achievements.

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