The Golden Shears World Championships in Ireland has been dubbed “the Olympics of sheep shearing.” However, with just weeks to go, the competition has hit a bit of a snag.
At least 6000 sheep are needed to host the championships but the Irish are more than 1000 short. Ewes aged 12 to 14 months are needed to make sure that all competitors have a sheep of similar size and shape.
In Ireland, the prices for these animals are running high and farmers are faced with a lot of pressure to sell their ewes before the start of the 4 day competition.
Competitors from 38 different countries, including China, Chile and defending champion shearer, Gavin Mutch from Scotland, will be competing in Ireland this month.
Article written by D Mulhern