The third leg of a series of World shearing record attempts which could see new marks in all four women’s solo strongwool categories by the end of the season has been given the go-ahead by judges of the event in a North Wairarapa woolshed.
Today’s shearing of a sample of 10 sheep from the flock for 37-year-old fulltime shearer and former farmer Amy Silcock’s attempt on the women’s solo eight-hours strongwool ewes record at Ross Na Clonagh Farm, near Pahiatua, tomorrow (Sunday) produced an average of 3.478kg a head, almost half-a-kilogram more than the minimum requirement under the rules set by the World Sheep Shearing Records Society.
Silcock will be tackling a record of 370 shorn when the record was established in the UK by Kent farmer and shearer Marie Prebble in Cornwall in August 2022.
Both the eight-hours and nine-hours lambs records were broken last month by shearers Megan Whitehead and Sacha Bond respectively, and Bond next month tackles the nine-hours ewes record.
Silcock is already in the books as one of four who set a ground-breaking multi-stand Women’s lambshearing record in 2020, but she fell 22 short when tackling the eight-hours solo record for at the end of January last year, when the wool averaged more than a kilogram over the minimum requirement.
The record attempt starts at 7am, with four two-hour and break of 30 minutes for morning and afternoon “smoko” and an hour for lunch with the day ending at 5pm.
While there was rain in the area on Saturday, the forecast for Sunday was for fine weather and temperatures up to about 23deg.
The record bid can be followed on Shedtalk.