Com­pe­ti­tion to be strong at shears next week


The North­ern Southland Com­mu­nity Shears pro­vided early prac­tice for shear­ers com­pet­ing in last year’s World Cham­pi­onships in In­ver­cargill, so or­gan­is­ers are pre­dict­ing en­tries to be down at the an­nual event next week.

How­ever, the usual keen com­peti­tors from the North Is­land and a strong show­ing from the south should be on hand to en­sure they get in to com­pe­ti­tion mode for the new year cir­cuit, gain­ing points to compete at the Golden Shears in Master­ton in March.

Hope­fully en­tries on the day will en­sure strong com­pe­ti­tion at the event, be­ing held on Fri­day Jan­uary 19, shears sec­re­tary Patsy Shirley said.

‘‘Top shear­ers, in­clud­ing Southland’s Nathan Strat­ford, Troy Pyper and Darin Forde, are all look­ing to compete here again with John Kirk­patrick, Row­land Smith and other top na­tional shear­ers.

‘‘Once again North Range will pro­vide all the sheep, with a con­sis­tent line up of ewes en­sur­ing com­peti­tors have the best chance to gain points for their ef­fort.’’

Points gained at the North­ern Southland com­pe­ti­tion con­trib­ute to the New Zealand Cross­bred Full Wool ti­tle.

Last year’s in­crease in com­peti­tors forced a change of venue, which would con­tinue this year.

The shear­ing will be held at Sel­bie’s prop­erty at Five Rivers, just north of Lums­den on SH6, from 8am and the wool han­dling is at North Range Part­ner­ship’s wool­shed at Castle­rock from 9am.

Win­ton’s Top Pub will host a speed shear from 7.30pm af­ter the Fri­day com­pe­ti­tion and the Southland Shears and NZ Cross­bred Lamb Cham­pi­onships would be held at Win­ton’s A and P Show on Satur­day. The North­ern South- land Shears prom­ises to be an­other suc­cess­ful event, with ta­lented shear­ers and wool han­dlers vy­ing for the top prize money with gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship from lo­cal and Southland wide busi­nesses, along with sup­port from groups in the com­mu­nity en­sur­ing its suc­cess.

Ta­lented shear­ers and wool han­dlers will be vy­ing for the top prize money in the A grade show, with the prize money in­creased this year.There will be en­try free for spec­ta­tors.


South­lander Nathan Strat­ford is ex­pected to compete at the North­ern Southland Com­mu­nity Shears.

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