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.