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Shear delight as sheep competition takes place at Holmbush Farm in Faygate
10:30am Wednesday 31st July 2013 in News
There is nothing sheepish about this new competition.
On July 21 sheep shearers flocked to take part in a new shearing competition, Southern Shears UK.
It has been set up by a small group of farmers, shearers and enthusiasts keen to promote the skill of sheep shearing and encourage new entrants to the profession.
The competition took place at Holmbush Farm, Faygate and attracted 23 shearers, including seven ladies.
Shearers from Devon, Wiltshire, New Zealand and Poland competed alongside local contractors.
Competitors ranged in age from 19 to 69.
In the Ladies Class, Jo Cutting from Rye, whose personal best is 250 sheep shorn in one day was beaten by 0.02 points by Susie Parish, sheep and alpaca shearer from Hampshire.
Vice chair and shearing contractor Rob Morris from Rye said: “The day was a big success.
“We achieved what we set out to achieve, to promote shearing in the South East and to encourage more people to enter shearing.”
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