A wave of shearing record attempts in the New Zealand summer with the World Sheep Shearing Records Society already receiving seven applications for challenges in New Zealand from December 23 to February 2024. It is the most in New Zealand in any season in the 55 years since the first official recognition of eight-hour and nine–hour shearing records in 1968. Society secretary Hugh McCarroll says three of the record bids will take place in the 10 days before Christmas. The season got underway last Friday in the UK with Herefordshire farmer Steve Rowberry falling short of King Country shearer Jack Fagan’s world eight-hour solo strong wool lambs record of 754. He did set a new British record of 706. McCarroll anticipates the Australians will chime in during the southern summer, mainly Merino or Australian crossbred tallies, but so far no applications had been received.
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