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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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England v New Zealand sheep shearing Test match

More than 100 people took part in the International Sheep Shearing competition held in Cockermouth.

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Jack Cartmel, from Gate Ghyll Farm, near Threlkeld, at the competition

The event, at Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre, was run by Lakeland Shears and included a test match between England and the visiting New Zealand team.

It included junior, intermediate and open rounds.

David Gillett, committee member of Lakeland Shears, said: “It went really well. The weather was excellent and we had a very good turn out.

“It’s nice to see so many people back here to support the event.”

Chris Hird, 25, of Broomhill Farm, Aspatria, who has sheared for England several times, said: “I’ve been shearing here for the past seven years.

“It’s a big show on the circuit now and is one of five shows shearers compete in to get to the world championships.

“I’m hoping I can do my best but the competition is high.”

Jack Cartmel, 20, of Gate Ghyll Farm, Threlkeld, near Keswick, said it was his third year taking part. He was participating in the intermediate round.

“There are some great shearers here from all over the world,” he added.

Henry Cornthwaite, 23, of Ashness Farm, Borrowdale, near Keswick, who competed in the intermediate round, said: “I have been competing in the competition for three years now.

“I mainly come because it is fun and there’s a lot of strong competition from other shearers.

“It’s a very important show for people who live around here.”

The event saw strong performances from the current Golden Shears champion Rowland Smith, of New Zealand, and the Welsh champion Elfed Jackson.

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