Unfortunately Beau was unsuccessful in his attempt to shear more than 466 Merino Ewe sheep in 8 hours which is currently held by Cartwright Terry from 2003.
Over 250 people gathered to witness Beau’s attempt on Saturday February 6 at Scenic Park Farm in Yathroo.
Beau completed almost three of four runs, with each run a duration of two hours. He had a team of 10 people supporting him throughout the whole process. The support crew consisted of a variety of jobs including food/drinks, review updates of how long each sheep has taken to shear, when to change cutter/comb etc.
During the first and second run Beau shore 110 and 108 sheep consecutively and after lunch the six judges/conveners decided Beau would need to shear 30 sheep in 30mins in order for him to continue the record attempt. Each sheep needed to cut an average of 3.4kgs of wool and be older than 18months.
During his third run Beau completed 28 sheep in 45mins and therefore was no longer eligible to break the record and after much consideration Beau and his support crew decided to stop shearing.
Overall he shore unbelievably well and unfortunately the sheep were too sticky on the bellies and the points which may be a reflection of the season.
In the three months leading up to the record attempt Beau endured an intensive training schedule including, shearing every day, hitting the gym between 4-7 times a week, attending CrossFit classes and practicing yoga.
With food, beverages and merchandise for sale everyone who attended not only supported and cheered Beau on but help raise $12,000 for Variety.
Beau is open to attempting the record again if he can find the right sheep, either ewes or lambs.
Article written by A.Peters and C.Mott
Images supplied by R.Wilkie