NZ shearer takes on world record

  • 06/02/2016
NZ shearer takes on world record

It's a trans-Tasman battle for sheep shearing supremacy - but who's representing which side of the ditch isn't so clear.

Gisborne-based Australian Beau Guelfi will today try to break a world merino shearing record set by Australian-based New Zealand shearer Cartwright Terry 13 years ago.

At Yathroo, about 160km north of Perth, he will battle temperatures close to 40degC as he tries to get through more than 58 sheep an hour to beat the total 466 Terry managed.

Guelfi, originally from Kukerin, south-east of Perth, settled in Gisborne 15 years ago, at the end of a world shearing trek which also included setting the record for merino lamb shearing at the time.

"I loved it there, for the surfing and the shearing," he said of New Zealand.

Under competitive shearing rules, he'll have to get 3.4kg off each merino in four two-hour stints with a couple quick breaks and lunch.

Meanwhile, Terry, a New Zealander now based in Australia, says he'll be in the stands backing the attempt.

"Wouldn't miss it. Hopefully he'll get the result," he said.