20 Dec 2008

Irish shearer's tally cracks record

10:22 pm on 20 December 2008

A New Zealand-based Irish shearer has set a lamb shearing record after a marathon effort on Friday, but only just.

Ivan Scott, from County Donegal in Ireland, had to shear more than 731 lambs to break the eight-hour strongwool lamb shearing record, held by New Zealander Justin Bell.

He finished with a tally of 736 sheep, just five above the old record.

Mr Bell was present at the central North Island venue to see his old record go.

Earlier in the week, champion Scottish shearer Gavin Mutch failed in his attempt to break the same record.