Right now the world's most prestigious sheep shearing competition is under way in New Zealand. This is The Golden Shears World Championship at Masterton. The competition is being streamed live over the internet. I highly recommend you have a peak over the next few hours. The event finishes Saturday night New Zealand time. Don't miss it! If you've never watched a sheep shearing competition before it is a real adrenalin rush, the commentators do a fantastic job, they make you feel like you're watching a horse race and they are very funny.
I have just seen the Senior Final. I was delighted to see a lady shearer in the final, Teatakura Crawford, she sheared 12 sheep in 15 minutes 45 seconds. To be in the Senior Final she must have beaten a lot of very good male shearers. It is inspiring to see a lady shearing at this level.
You can find the full programme of classes here. To watch the competition live go to the Golden Shears website. Look out for David Fagan, a legend in the world of sheep shearing.
Have fun watching and let me know what you think!