|U.S. Shearers Attempt World Record in April
(February 1, 2009) Two American shearers will attempt to break the world record in marathon endurance sheep shearing on April 5 at Espacada Industries Inc. Feedlot in Demmitt, Texas. The two attempting this feat are Doug Rathke of Minnesota and Gavin McKerrow of Wisconsin. The current world record is 24 hours held by a New Zealand shearer.
“We are shooting to make it 30 hours,” says Rathke, who is participating in this endeavor to bring more interest to sheep shearing as a means of employment. “It is troubling to me that I am continuously hearing about shearing records being broken in other countries, and nothing is being attempted here. We hope to get more young people interested in shearing and attempt records for themselves.”
Rathke and McKerrow are looking for volunteers from the sheep industry to help officially document this event, to put up sheep and to run the clock.