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24-year-old woman shears 661 lambs in 9 hours setting new world record

A 24-year-old has set a new women’s world record for shearing the most number of lambs in nine hours.

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24-year-old woman shears 661 lambs in 9 hours setting new world record

Megan Whitehead sheared 661 lambs in near 30-degree heat at the Grant Brothers’ Gore woolshed, New Zealand, on Thursday January 14, smashing the previous record of 648 set by Emily Welch in Waikato in 2007.

 

The lambs weighed between 34-36kg each and Ms Whitehead averaged under 50 seconds per lamb, the New Zealand Herald (NZH) reported.

 

Talking to Stuff, a New Zealand news media website, Jills Angus Burney, who set the original record of 541 lambs in January 1989, said: “She [Megan] is fantastic to watch, she has just got a demeanour that is really still, resilient and focused, and she is so clinical and efficient."


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She added Ms Whitehead had only been shearing for five years and is in the calibre of the top young male shearers in the industry.

 

According to the NZH, Ms Whitehead, daughter of former shearers Quentin Whitehead and Tina McColl, is already a joint holder of one world record, the four-stand eight-hours women’s record of 2066 lambs set last year.

 

Stages of the record breaking attempt:

  • Run 1 5am to 7am – 153 lambs
  • 7am to 8am – breakfast
  • Run 2 8am to 9.45am – 132 lambs
  • 9.45am to 10:15am – morning tea
  • Run 3 10:15am to 12pm - 126 lambs
  • 12pm to 1pm – lunch
  • Run 4 1pm to 2.45pm - 125 lambs
  • 2.45pm to 3.15pm – afternoon tea
  • Run 5 3.15pm to 5pm – 125 lambs

You can watch Ms Whitehead in action by clicking here

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