Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Taking a shot at U.S. Sheep Shearing Record

South Dakota Wade Kopren and New Zealander Matt Smith will attempt to an eight hour lamb shearing record on October 9th, 2010.  This is an official attempt at the record and will be help at Veal Custom Feeding, Meadow, SD.  The have teamed up with the local Shriners groud, who will be serving lunch, and all proceeds will be donated to the Shriner's Childrens Hospital. 

Wade Kopren and Matt Smith aim for U.S. sheep shearing record
Article Found in Tri State Livestock News
Where will you be at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9? Wade Kopren and Matt Smith will be attempting to set an eight-hour lamb shearing record. This will be an attempt at an official U.S. shearing record.
Kopren hails from a sheep ranch in Perkins County, SD, and operates a shearing business that serves sheep ranches across the northern plains.
Smith, who is from New Zealand, shears on Kopren's crew from March through May. After Smith set a world record in New Zealand in January, the two shearers started talking about working together to set another world record. Since no eight-hour U.S.-lamb shearing world record currently exists, this became their goal.

Both shearers have set an arduous target to shear 500 lambs in the eight hours.

“We hope to put up a large enough number that it will be difficult for another shearer to come in behind us and break our record,” said Kopren.

The organization of the event will follow the rules and facility specifications set by the World Sheep Shearing Records Committee. Shearing will begin at 7:30 a.m. Kopren and Smith will shear in two-hour increments with two half-hour breaks and one full-hour lunch break between blocks.

Anyone interested in witnessing the challenge is invited out to Veal Custom Feeding, 18738 Chance Road, Meadow, SD, on Saturday, Oct. 9. The local Shriners club will be serving a noon meal. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Shriners Children's Hospital.

“We wanted to set a new U.S. record, but we also wanted it to mean something,” commented Kopren. “That is why we connected with Shriners Children's Hospital. We get to attempt a shearing record while, at the same time, benefit a worthy cause.”

Donations can be sent to Shriners Children's Hospital, c/o Wade Kopren, Box 339, Bison, SD 57620.

In January, Smith set a new world eight-hour ewe-shearing record where he exceeded the previous record of 560 ewes shorn by shearing 578.

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