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In Your Field: Marie Prebble - 'I am doing a sheep shearing world record attempt'

During turbulent times farmers are always grounded, with our feet firmly on the earth and rational thinking caps on.

There is no mad rushing to supermarkets for food because most of us are fortunate to have enough home-grown produce in the freezer to make it past the apocalypse.

 

And the self-isolation guidelines are a standard format for the social calendar of livestock farmers at this time of year.

 

However, with public events being cancelled, we might miss out on early agricultural shows and shearing competitions, which would be a shame.

 

Let’s hope things settle down in the next few weeks as the sheep sector relies on Home Office approval for overseas shearers coming in for the summer months.

 

I have just enough on my plate at the moment, what with organising a sheep shearing world record attempt, taking on a shearing run and planning the logistics of that, submitting my National Sheep Association Samuel Wharry Memorial Award report, and getting ready for lambing, which is only a week or so away now.


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Normally I lamb more of the flock outside than in, but to give the saturated ground a rest I have brought more in the sheds and invested in some walk-through feeders.

 

This has been a decision partly based on the hope of a night-lamber who I met while in Iceland coming over from Denmark for April to cover for me, so I can maintain enough sleep through lambing to keep up my training regime for my shearing record attempt in August.

 

Fingers crossed the borders are not closed in the next week and she can still travel, although I notice Denmark may not let her back home for a while.

 

The strong sheep trade continues and it offers a boost to the business at the moment. I sold a batch of cull ewes last week and will have another draw of hoggets shortly.

 

I suppose if events are cancelled and people are nervous about eating out at restaurants we might see prices and demand affected.

 

Hopefully the weather is improving and a dry, sunny spell will put everything into perspective.

Marie's challenge

ON August 4, 2020, Marie will attempt to set the first ever women’s solo eight-hour strongwool ewe shearing world record at Trefranck Farm, St. Clether, Cornwall.

She is raising money for The Farming Community Network and Reverse Rett, which supports those hit with Rett Syndrome, a neurological condition mainly affecting girls.

 

To donate

 

Go to Gofundme.com/f/women039s-solo-8hr-ewe-shearing-world-record-attempt or visit her Kent Shepherd Facebook page.

 

Marie is also looking for corporate sponsors to help her achieve her ambitious goal. If you want to get involved in a feel good record attempt from a dedicated shearer, please email Marie via marie@kentshepherd.co.uk

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