Te Kuiti's answer to Shrek is shorn for the first time

The feral ewe that had evaded human contact for most of her life was shorn for the first time on Sunday.

She was captured on a remote bluff in the Mapiu district south of Te Kuiti, by Amie Ritchie and Carla Clark in June.

Named Suzy, she was the centre of attention at The Wool Shed, the national museum of sheep and shearing in Masterton. 

Reluctantly dragged onto the platform, she was in good hands though. Champion blade shearer Peter Casserly took just eight minutes to remove her 15-kilogram coat.

It was a bit of deja vu for Mr Casserly, who shore Shrek in 2004, the merino sheep from Bendigo Station that shot to international fame due to his 27-kilogram coat.

Suzy's weighed less because it's not merino  - but it's the length of her wool that may set a record.

"That's the longest I've ever shorn," he said.

A staple of her wool stretched to just over half a metre and will now be sent off to the Guiness Records 

Her captors Aimie Ritchie and Karla Clark hope it will create a new record for the world's longest sheep wool.

"The wool was longer than we measured it, so very happy with that," said Ms Clark.

In the meantime it's back to Te Kuiti for Suzy - where she's adjusting to farm-life.