5 Jan 2009

Avery rattles dags to win shearing title

4:14 pm on 5 January 2009

New Zealand's top lamb shearer has won another title after taking out the national lamb shearing championships at the Western Shears in Raglan.

Taranaki farmer Paul Avery, 42, beat world championships teammate John Kirkpatrick to take out his third national championship title on Saturday.

The pair were placed first and second, respectively, at the world championships in Norway in October, where they won the world teams title.

The best five shearers were given 20 lambs each and judged on quality and time during the Raglan competition, which finished on Saturday night.

The fastest shearer was Gavin Mutch, but Mr Avery was the overall winner, reaching a time of just over 15 minutes.

Mr Avery, from Stratford, says there is a bit of luck involved in the competition, and it all comes down to the lambs one is dealt.

The open wool handling title was won by Keiryn Herbert.