French shearers set first sheep shearing record of 1328 in 9 hours + VIDEO

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand. July 10, 2017

The French shearing record-setting team Picture – Shearing Sports New Zealand

TWO French shearers have established the first sheep shearing record in France with a two-stand nine-hours tally of 1328 during the weekend.

The record was set on Saturday at Le Dorat, the central France town that has been selected as the host for the next world shearing and woolhandling championships in July 2019.

French shearer Christophe Riffaud. Picture – AMTM.

The two shearers, Julien Dincq and Christopfe Riffaud, worked the standard nine-hour day of two hours from the start to breakfast followed by four runs of one hour and 45 minute each, including morning and afternoon tea breaks of 30 minutes and lunch break of one hour.

French shearer Julien Dincq. Picture – AMTM.

Julien Dincq shore runs of 145, 131, 130, 128 and 139 for a total of 673 and Christoffe Riffaud, the chairman of the world championships hosting committee shore 144, 128, 127, 121 and 135 for a total of 655.

The weekend’s record was staged to boost the profile of shearing in France, which according to figures published last October has a sheep population of 7.1 million, compared to a cattle population of 19.4 million and about 13.3 million pigs.

Click here to see a video clip of the record event.

Source: Shearing Sports New Zealand.


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  1. Andrew Whitelaw, July 10, 2017

    Great achievement by the French. You should check out Grant Hurcomb from Dumfries and Galloway, who shore 2142 sheep in 50 straight hours, handling more than 129,000 kg of sheep.
    All to raise money for MND and cancer research.

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