On Friday the ‘24 Heures de la Tonte’ competition takes place in France, with two teams of three shearers attempting to shear over 2,500 sheep in 24 hours.
The competition is looking to see who can shear the most wool in one day, while also breaking a world record in team sheep shearing, as reported in Reuters. The events kicks off at 6pm (local time) and competitors will attempt to shear a sheep every 50 seconds in a bit to try and break the world record.
“In these 24 hours, two teams will face each other, two teams of three shearers who will alternate every two hours obviously for 24 hours,” World Association for Sheep Shearing/WASS President, Christophe Riffaud said to Reuters.
“So, the shearing razor will never be turned off. They will have to stay strong for 24 hours. And we need people to cheer for us because it will be hard for us.”, he added.
The event will be held in the city of Coulonges, which is in western France and concludes on 6pm (local time) on Saturday. The main aim of the competition is to try and promote and popularize sheep shearing as a sport. The which is held at the western French city of Coulonges, ends on Saturday at 6 p.m. local time.
The WASS have staged many similar events in the past and will also hold the first ever world-sheep shearing championships. It will be held in July 2019 in Le Dorat.
“(Sheep shearing) requires an incredible amount of physical strength,” Riffaud said.
“We created last year a record of sheep shearing, in which two shearers shaved 1,328 lamb within 9 hours of work. It’s a feat that even we did not expect to be very pleasant.”, he concluded.
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