33-year-old Pauline Bolay has set a new world shearing record, after managing to shear 510 lambs in eight hours.
The New Zealand-based Canadian shearer smashed the previous record by three.
The break the record, she needed to average less than 63.5 lambs per hour, caught, shorn and dispatched.
The historic world shearing record attempt was originally scheduled to take place at Whitford Farms, in New Zealand on Tuesday, December 10th, but occured on Saturday, December 7th.
Shearing Sports New Zealand reports that the 33-year-old was “constantly on target through the day of four two-hour runs from the start at 7am to the end at 5pm with 30-minute breaks for morning and afternoon “smoko” and an hour for lunch”.
She started with 127 in the opening run and was just behind the target rate with 125 in the two hours to lunch.
“She broke the advantage line with 131 in the two hours after lunch and finished with 127 in the run to the end of the day, breaking the record with less than three minutes to go.”
Bolay, who previously represented Canada in shearing competitions in Masterton and France, set her 9-hour record in the same woolshed in 2007.
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Pauline Bolay is now the world record holder for the womens 8hr lamb. She achieved 510, just scraping past the amazing Kerri-Jo Te Huia’s record of 507 in 2012. Congratulations Pauline! An absolute mammoth effort. What an exciting day, we’re so lucky to share it with you. Check out our stories documenting the day by clicking the top left icon in our profile.