Most lambs sheared-wold record set by Marg and Ingrid
MANGAPEHI, New Zealand -- Marg Baynes and her 22-year-old
daughter, Ingrid, sheared a combined total of 933 sheep-setting
a new world record (in the the women's two-stand, eight-hour
category) for the Most
Marg, 54, shore 433 animals while
Ingrid, 22, notched up 470.
Photo: Ingrid Baynes and mum Marg (enlarge
Ingrid's effort also secured her the world lamb record
for a woman. Her previous best had been 315 lambs.
"I've always enjoyed shearing
and I've enjoyed having our children shearing with us. And
I though tit would be nice to get a record with one of our
children before I got too old," says Marg Baynes.
And it was all go with eight hours shearing
and only three breaks, and then it was back on.
"Up until today I've been the master but
now the pupil is the master," says Marg Baynes.
Four judges, including one flown in from
Australia, verified the record as official. "We
are just looking for wool left on and skin cuts and trying
to keep that to a minimum. So they have to shear to a certain
standard," says Hugh McCarroll, referee.
To keep spirits high music was key and so
was the support of the crowd. Blokes watching on were impressed
with the girls' efforts.
The pair have spent a year preparing
themselves, with running, swimming and gym work, along with
plenty of shearing practice and the odd mishap.
"I'm thrilled. It really hasn't hit home
yet that we have done it," said Marg, who battled backache
and nausea during the day. Ingrid said she was looking forward
to her first beer in a long time.
While there was no previous record,
shearing experts say it is a punishing ordeal spending an
entire day lifting and shearing lambs, with each animal weighing
in at around 30kg.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009