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Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a world record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5 kilograms a sheep. Shearing at Waitara Station, Luke Mullins, from Taihape but now of Te Awamutu, Eru Weeds, of Ohai and now of Roxburgh, and James Mack, of Weber and originally from Waikato, shore 1611 strong wool ewes in eight-hours. The previous threestand record was 1347, established almost 13 years ago by Hawke’s Baybased Shelford Wilcox, of Gisborne, and Napier’s Errol Chrystal and nephew Kalin Chrystal. While it was seen as the most targetable of all the World Sheep Shearing Records Society categories, the combination of the heat and pumice in the longer wool were expected to severely challenge the trio who had had limited experience in the conditions. In the end 35-year-old Luke Mullins topped the individual tallies with runs of 138, 139, 139, and 138 for a total of 554, more than 70 better than his previous best in eight hours. Eru, 38 shore runs of 134, 133, 136, and 136 for a total of 539, and Mack, 43, shore 518. Judging convenor Peter Black said the quality was well within required
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