A close shave: New Zealand and world shearing legend Sir David Fagan (left) and Southland District Mayor Gary Tong at the Limehills School annual pet day on Monday, October 31. Sir David shore three sheep during a special shearing exhibition at the day after pupils thought up the idea of having him attend in the build-up to the World Shearing Championships in Invercargill next year. “It was a beaut day, a great community turnout and the usual Southland weather,” Sir David said. Shearing outside on a mobile shearing stand, it was the first time since April that he had shorn a sheep. Prior to that was in 2015 when he announced his retirement from the sport. New Zealand Shearing Foundation chairman Tom Wilson said next week’s showdown in Christchurch to find the top two New Zealand shearers, who would represent the country at the world champs, was promising to go right to the wire. Invercargill shearer Nathan Stratford was currently shearing the best he had ever shorn, winning his latest event at Ashburton, Wilson said. “He is shearing really quick and his quality is right up there – it really could be any two of the six making it into the team.
Sheepish: Limehills School, Year 5 pupil Brooke Fennelly (10), with her pet lamb Cindi during the school’s pet day. More than 250 people attended the day where a mixture of sheep, goats, lambs, rabbits, dogs and horses were displayed.