Kiwi shearer breaks world record

A New Zealander has become the latest shearer to set world records on both sides of the Tasman.

Aidan Copp - from Canterbury but now based in Australia - shore 524 merino lambs in eight hours on Saturday, breaking a 14-year-old record by five lambs.

That was despite a cut to the 34-year-old's hand, which brought the attempt to a brief stop.

The shear-off took place in at a Gnadbro property in the Riverina, a farming region in the southwest of New South Wales.

Shearer Aiden Copp makes his way to a World record of 524 crossbred merino lambs in 8 hours in southwest New South Wales today.
Shearer Aiden Copp makes his way to a World record of 524 crossbred merino lambs in 8 hours in southwest New South Wales today. Photo credit: Supplied

The previous record was 519, set by Dwayne Black in West Australia in 2005.

Copp was already in the record books as one of five shearers who set a five-stand strongwool lambs record set in the King Country in 2015.

On August 24, English shearers Jonny Roberts and Martin Howlett will tackle the two-stand, eight-hour strongwool ewes record of 1068 set by New Zealand shearers Coel L'Huillier and Kelvin Walker near Benneydale in January 2017.

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