Trangie shearer Bob White was part of the three-stand team that set a world record last year.SHEARING 600 Merino ewes will be all in a day’s work for Kiwi Stacey Te Huia this Friday – all going to plan – when the gun shearer has a crack at setting a new world record for the most adult Merino ewes shorn on a single stand in nine hours.

While Mr Te Huia only needs 515 sheep on the tally to eclipse the current World Sheep Record Society’s record of 514 sheep, he told event host Don Mudford he’s set the bar for himself at 600 head – a solid challenge given he’s only been shearing Merinos for a few months.

“We don’t want to put too much pressure on him, but he has shorn a few of my Parkdale ewes and he reckons he can do it because the sheep we breed allow for easy entry of shearers comb as the fibres are growing out of the sheep parallel to each other,” Mr Mudford said.

Mr Mudford and his family will host the two-day event at their woolshed near Dubbo, NSW, and supply the sheep from their Parkdale SRS Poll Merino operation, in an effort to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service at Dubbo.

Also hoping to rewrite the record books for two-stand shearing are Bob White from Trangie and Beau Guelfi from Gilgandra.

The duo will take to the stands on Saturday, February 21, to shear a combined total of 925 adult Merino sheep in eight hours in order to beat the current record of 924 head.

The seasoned professionals are old hands at breaking records after competing at the inaugural event last year where they set a new three-stand record alongside Steve Mudford; the trio shore 1289 adult Merinos in eight hours.

The event, held by World Record Shearing Promotions (WRSP), Dubbo, hoped for a repeat attendance of last year’s 1000 spectators.

Mr Mudford, also a WRSP committee member, said last year they raised $11,000 for Beyondblue.

World Record Shearing attempts:

Friday, February 20: 5am to 5.30pm (nine-hour single stand, adult Merino, shearing word record of 515 ewes).

Saturday, February 21: 7.30am to 5.30pm (eight-hour two-stand, adult Merino shearing world record of 925 ewes combined).

Venue: Parkdale SRS Poll Merinos, 36 kilometres north-west of Dubbo.

Cost: $5 per person or $10 per car.

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