World sheep shearing record broken

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A Kiwi shearer has broken the world record for the most merino ewes shorn in eight hours.

Napier-born shearer Lou Brown broke the record in West Australia.

The 497 sheep shorn was 31 more than the record of 466 set by his coach and mentor, fellow-Kiwi Cartwright Terry.

Brown’s gruelling effort has come after years of practice and months of physical training. Shearing for 8 hours is seen as the equivalent of running back to back marathons.

Hundreds of people crammed into a dusty shearing shed to cheer on Mr Brown and witness the record attempt.

The 31-year-old stayed focused on the task at hand and sustained a pace of 1.04 sheep a minute.

The 31-year-old is based in Bunbury, south of Perth. He was raised in Napier until he crossed the Tasman at the age of 13.

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