Irish shearers competed strongly at the business end of the World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships in New Zealand over the weekend.

The three day event was held at the ILT Stadium, Invercargill in New Zealand from February 8 to February 11.

Co. Donegal man, Ivan Scott continued his impressive run of form by finishing fourth in the World Machine Shearing event.

In the final of the event competitors had to shear a total of 20 sheep, six fullwool, eight second-shear and six lambs.

Scott completed the event in a little over 18 minutes and 20 seconds, with a points total of 66.53.
Co. Donegal shearer Ivan Scott

Co. Donegal shearer Ivan Scott

New Zealand man John Kirkpatrick finished in first position in the event, followed closely behind Scottish man Gavin Mutch.

Another New Zealand competitor, Nathan Stratford, finished in third position, keeping Scott from a podium finish.

Jack Robinson from Northern Ireland rounded out the top six, finishing behind Scottish man Hamish Mitchell.

In the World Team Machine Shearing Event, Scott competed with Stanley Allingham, finishing in sixth position in the final.

Northern Ireland’s team of Ian Montgomery and Jack Robinson finished in fourth ahead of Wales.

The New Zealand team made use of the home advantage winning the event outright.

Meanwhile, in the World Team Blade Shearing Final the Irish team, Ireland’s Peter Heraty and Noel Joyce finished just outside the medals in fourth position.

The event required a total of six sheep to be sheared, three second-shear and three longwool.

Last week, Irish shearer Scott finished third in the World Speed Shear event, behind two New Zealand competitors.

Scott finished outside the top two by less than half a second, with a time of 21.24 seconds.

Kiwi shearers Jack Fagan and Paerata Abraham contested the final, with Fagan eventually coming out on top in an event that had 100 competitors in the first heat.