Bathurst, NSW, shearer Stacey Te Huia smashed the world record, shearing 530 Merino ewes in nine hours at Parkdale Merino stud, Dubbo, on Friday.BATHURST shearer Stacey Te Huia has smashed the world record, shearing 530 Merino ewes in nine hours at Parkdale Merino stud, Dubbo, NSW, on Friday.
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New Zealand-born Te Huia broke the previous record of 513, set by fellow Kiwi Dwayne Black near Kojonup, Western Australia, in 2005.

Shearing Industry Promotions committee treasurer Michael Pora said Te Huia looked flawless as he made his way through the flock.

“Te Huia did a sensational job to shear 530 sheep. Everything went right for him,” Mr Pora said.

“On Saturday we auctioned off the 514th fleece he shore, and that was bought for $1500 by Don Chad, from Chad Wool.

“It was a great event, there was a really good turnout and the money we raised went to the Royal Flying Doctor Service South Eastern Section, based in Dubbo.”

A second world record attempt was held on Saturday, where WA shearer Beau Guelfi and Trangie shearer Bob White attempted to top the two-stand, eight-hour fine wool Merino record of 924.

The record, set by West Australian-based New Zealanders Michael James and Cartwright Terry in 2003, remained unbeaten.

Guelfi and White gave it their all, but retired after three runs when it became clear they wouldn’t reach the target in the final two-hour run.

“You need everything to go right for you on the day when you go for these kinds of records and it just wasn’t working for them,” he said.

“They gave it everything they had but it just wasn’t meant to be.”

The records were run by Shearing Industry Promotions and the referees were appointed by the World Sheep Shearing Records Society from Australia and New Zealand.

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