Early updates suggest Stacey Te Huia is facing an uphill battle in his attempt to break a world shearing record today.
Te Huia’s third attempt at tackling the world nine-hour ewe shearing record began today at 5am.
He was aiming to break the current record of shearing 721 strongwool ewes in nine-hours, set 9 years ago by Rodney Sutton.
To beat Sutton, Te Huia needed to aim for an average of over 80 an hour.
According to Shearing Sports New Zealand Media Officer, Doug Laing, in the first two hours of his challenge, up to the breakfast break at 7am, he only managed to shear 151 ewes.
Laing says regardless of this Te Huia was relaxed as he breakfasted on the standard kiwi munch of sausages, eggs and bacon and at the same time a masseur worked on his muscles.
South Island contractor Dion Morrell, whose 1995 record of 716 has been bettered only twice, said the record was still achievable, but Te Huia had a lot of ground to make up.
The task is to average under 45 seconds a sheep, caught, shorn and dispatched, under the watchful eye of three judges.
The challenge is expected to end at around 5 o'clock this afternoon and Heta Gardiner will have more tonight on Te Kāea at 5:30 on Māori Television.
Photo Credit: Shearing Sports NZ