A 35-year-old Irish shearer has broken the world record for shearing the most strongwool lambs in nine hours.
Ivan Scott from Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal needed almost every second of his nine hours on the shearing board at Trefranck Farm, near Launceston, Cornwall, beating the world record by just one lamb with a new mark of 867 for strongwool lambs.
This averaged at 37.37 seconds per lamb, or 96.33 lambs every hour.
The record was previously held by Kiwi, Dion King, who sheared 866 lambs on January 10, 2007 in the Central North Island of New Zealand.
Starting off with 193 in two hours from 5am to the hour-long breakfast break, Mr Scott was three behind Mr King’s tally of 196 at the same stage.
But Mr Scott is not a newby to the record breaking fame.
Earlier this year he shore a single sheep in 37.9 seconds, in a successful live-televised Guinness Book of Records record attempt, and on June 18 year he set an Irish record of 820 ewes in nine hours near Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, showing he was on target for his big World record challenge.
The record came less than a week after 32-year-old Matt Smith broke the world record for shearing 731 ewes in nine hours.