Pāmu farm Centre Hill Station near Te Anau is going to be buzzing in December with the first of New Zealand champion shearer Sacha Bond’s double world record shearing attempt.
No shearer in modern history has held both 9-hour strong wool lamb and ewe records at the same time. Both are classed as the pinnacle of all shearing records and Sacha is aiming to be the first person to do it. This attempt follows her February smashing of the strong wool record by a staggering 91 lambs, setting a new total of 601.
Currently at home in Piopio and heading south on the 10th December, Sacha says she’s super-excited to be putting herself up for another big day.
“Training has been going well and shearing has been pleasant. It’s amazing to see all the shearing world record attempts happening this season, and I am wishing everyone success with their journeys.”
Pāmu CE Mark Leslie says that Sacha’s attempt is a celebration of farming excellence.
“Pāmu is proud to back the pursuit of farming excellence, and hosting Sacha is one way we can support our rural communities,” he says. “Her track record and ambition are phenomenal and it’s great to see more and more inspiring women at the top levels in farming.”
About the event
The two events run from 5am to 5pm, with breaks in between. Several days of preparation onsite include preparing the large woolshed on Centre Hill.
On the day before, the team at Centre Hill will wean all the ewe lambs and draft 1,000 of them, crutch them, and shear a sample of 20 in front of the judges to get the average wool weight. This must be 0.9kg for the lambs and 3kg per fleece for the ewes. The lambs are Romney, born in September. Sacha will shear some of the male lambs to get her eye in then prepare for her 5am start.
For the ewe event in February, the ewes are four tooths, with the current record 452.
Pāmu is a proud sponsor of the two events, with main sponsors Perkinz, and others including Goldpine and Heiniger, with more poised to come on board. Funds are also being raised through a Givealittle page and a recent working bee for Sacha in Australia.
“Perkinz is really excited to be supporting Sacha in both her upcoming record attempts. She is an exceptional young woman who is not just breaking glass ceilings but smashing them to bits and we feel proud and lucky to be part of her story,” says Product Development Manager Wayne Perkins.
As the woolshed will have limited space for visitors, the events will also be live-streamed. Follow Sacha Bond World Record Shearing https://www.facebook.com/womensshearingworldrecord for more.