New Zealand shearing legend Sir David Fagan has made a heartfelt tribute to well-known shearing identity Koro Mullins who died suddenly last week.
Hundreds of people turned out for the funeral of the shearer, farmer and businessman on Friday at the DannevirkeTown Hall.
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The 65-year-old was the husband of well-known rural business leader Mavis Mullins, who he ran the family shearing business Paewai Mullins with for many years.
However, he was more recently known worldwide for his expert shearing commentary.
Chairman of Shearing Sports New Zealand, Sir David Fagan said the shearing community was still in shock.
"He was the voice of world shearing really, everyone is still in shock that he has gone," he said.
Sir David said Mullins had made a huge contribution to the shearing industry in New Zealand.
"He had the x-factor in whatever he did."
He said his style of commentary was unique in that he was able to communicate what was happening for the shearing and non-shearing public.
"He was quick on his feet, with a bit of humour too, and able to provide a clear, concise description."
"He had dignity and humour with it."
Sir David expected tributes to continue to Koro Mullins as the shearing competition season kicked off on Saturday.
"We are all shocked and hurting."
Watch the video to hear the full interview with Sir David Fagan.