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Team Ireland set to compete in the World Sheep Shearing Championships

Six of Ireland’s top shearers and wool handlers will represent Ireland in the Wold Sheep Shearing Championships next week. The Irish team will compete against sheep shearers and wool handlers from over 32 countries over a four-day competition in Invercargill, New Zealand.

The competition runs from Wednesday February 8th to Saturday February 11th, and the team will have regular updates on their Facebook page - Irish Sheep Shearing Association.

The team, who have been in New Zealand for the past week in preparation for the competition, are managed by Mike Walshe, while their captain is nine-time all-Ireland sheep shearing champion, Ivan Scott. Also representing Ireland are judges Kildare native Godfrey Potteron and Tom Dunne from Wexford.

Keep your eyes peeled on the Irish Sheep Shearing Association’s Facebook for regular updates from the team.

There’s no doubt in our minds that our open machine shearers, our blade shearers and our wool handlers all have what it takes to bring home the gold!

Agri Aware wish to show our support to the team and invite everyone to send in your photos of support via Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat. Simply take a picture of you and your friends, classmates, family in your woolly jumpers and email them to or tag Agri Aware on social media. The best woolly photo will win a BAA-eautiful prize!

Best of luck to the lads! Go n-éirí an t-ádh leo!