Nick Greaves and Llyr Jones have broken two British records in sheep shearing.
The renowned shearers set a new record for a British 9-hour two-stand lamb attempt and British 9-hour single-stand lamb attempt in recent days.
The pair took the wool off 1,717 lambs (Nick: 881 and Llyr: 836) , in comparison to Ian Jones’ and Gareth Daniel’s previous record of 1,457.
Nick also set a new British 9-hour single stand lamb record, shearing 881, compared to Gareth Daniel’s 781, Stuart Connor’s 785 and Stuart Connor’s 872.
The record-breaking shearing attempt began at 5 am for two hours, a stint which was followed by four 1-hour, 45-minute periods before the challenge ended at 5 pm.
They aimed to shear more than 1,457 lambs in nine hours on Nick’s family farm in Staffordshire on August 12th, 2022, between 5 am and 5 pm.
While attempting to set a new record, they raised money for their chosen charities: The DPJ Foundation and the Farming Community Network.
Llyr has been shearing across England and Wales for six years and has completed six seasons in Norway and a further four in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Nick operates a contracting shearing business across the Midlands for the past twelve years and has completed stints overseas. He began shearing at 18, completing eight seasons in New Zealand and a further two in Italy.
According to some scientific tests, shearing 250 sheep uses the same amount of energy as running a marathon.
Sheep shearing records
In a statement on Facebook, ahead of the attempt, a spokesperson on behalf of the pair said:
“The decision to attempt this record has not been taken lightly. Nick & Llyr have years of sheep shearing experience between them and feel they are ready to take on the challenge.”
“Thank you to the people and businesses that have sponsored the event so far,” they added.
“They want to raise as much money as possible for their chosen charities whilst attempting to break the British record,” the spokesperson added.