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Shear victory for Scottish man

Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 - 01:20

Mar. 5 - John Kirkpatrick wins the Golden Shears for the fourth time in 10 years, as the best sheep shearers in the world compete for the title in New Zealand. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.

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Gentlemen - start your shears. The competition in New Zealand got hairy as participants drew their blades to fight for the country's biggest sheep shearing accolade - the golden shears. Entrants from 25 countries were judged on speed and accuracy in both machine and hand-blade cutting categories. Nicks and cuts to the sheep, as well as a slow pace are grounds for point deductions. If it's starting to sound like it could be a sport, it is, or at least the country wouldn't mind if it had its own category in the olympics. But for many of the men, shearing sheep at record speeds makes a pretty good career. This year's winner Scotsman John Kirkpatrick took the title for the fourth time against New Zealand's Cam Ferguson. (SOUNDBITE) John Kirkpatrick, winner, 52nd Golden Shears competition, saying (English): "It's been a goal for, since I started shearing and to get my name on the trophy with the best in the world is unbelievable." But perhaps the victory should go to the sheep, they outnumber people in New Zealand with a ratio of ten to one. Kilmeny Duchardt, Reuters.

Shear victory for Scottish man

Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 - 01:20

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