One man, 600 sheep and a record attempt

Roy Collier set for record attempt
Roy Collier set for record attempt

ONE man, six hundred sheep and nine hours.

Wexford farmer Roy Collier is set for a gruelling Saturday in a bid to recapture the UK and Ireland sheep-shearing record he once held.

It may come as a surprise to city slickers and townies but the art of sheep shearing can be a hotly-contested display of skill.

To get through the flock in record time Collier will have to shear a sheep in less than a minute for nine hours.

The current record is 537 set by Joel Barton in the UK in 2102, beating Roy’s previous record of 521 which he set in 2011.

But he won’t be on his own with help the world 24-hour record holder Ivan Scott and his cousin Irish rugby and Munster star Robin Copeland.

His record attempt at Knockrobin, Camolin, Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford will start at  6.30am and will continue, including official breaks, until 6.30pm.

The event is aimed at raising money for the children’s charities ‘Lauralynn’ and ‘Jack and Jill’ and there are plenty of activities planned on-site to keep the whole family entertained.

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