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Tasmania farmer catches the world woolliest sheep: Merino with 20 kilo fleece

Monday, September 1st 2014 - 13:57 UTC
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“He couldn't see very well because of the wool over his face, so I snuck up behind him and grabbed him,” Peter Hazell said. “He couldn't see very well because of the wool over his face, so I snuck up behind him and grabbed him,” Peter Hazell said.
Netty Hazell said the sheep's avoidance of the shearing shed had been weighing it down, with Shaun carrying an estimated 20 kilograms of fleece. Netty Hazell said the sheep's avoidance of the shearing shed had been weighing it down, with Shaun carrying an estimated 20 kilograms of fleece.

Two Australian farmers from Tasmania have found what they hope to prove is the world's woolliest sheep. Peter Hazell said he had no trouble capturing the animal, which was wandering with its vision obscured by wool in scrubland on his property in Tasmania's Midlands on Sunday.

 “He couldn't see very well because of the wool over his face, so I snuck up behind him and grabbed him,” he said.

Despite never having been shorn, the six-year-old merino ram was immediately dubbed Shaun the Sheep, after the popular kids' television program.

Netty Hazell said the sheep's avoidance of the shearing shed had been weighing it down, with Shaun carrying an estimated 20 kilograms of fleece.

“It is the heaviest sheep I've ever lifted,” she professed. “I just couldn't believe it, I just could not believe a sheep could have so much wool.”

Shaun's tag suggested he was from a farm on Tasmania's east coast, meaning he had spent the past six years wandering across the state, no doubt in search of a haircut. Mr Hazell said it was amazing the sheep survived for so long in the wild.

“Because usually they get cast and can't get up, or they get fly-struck or the hot weather gets to them,” he said.

The world record for fleece-yield is held by a New Zealand sheep named Shrek.

The Hazells plan to take the clippers to Shaun in the next few days and see if he can take the title. But despite the wool's length Ray Peters, who is a sheep judge, said it had held up surprisingly well.

“I thought it would be almost impossible for a sheep to go that long and have such good wool on him,” he said. Mrs Hazell said she would enter the fleece in country shows. “There's three or four good jumpers in there,” she said.

And although matted, “it's surprisingly good-quality wool”, Mr Hazell added.

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  • 4n conTroll

    In other news, Peter Hazell was voted “Sexiest Australian man alive”, in a nationwide poll this weekend.

    He is the envy of millions of Ozzer males for spending a winter night with 20 kilos of fleece... and sheep.

    Sep 01st, 2014 - 03:40 pm 0
  • ElaineB

    @1 Are you jealous? You have said you have no time or love for women and you don't date men so this must seem an attractive alternative for you.

    Sep 01st, 2014 - 04:47 pm 0
  • 4n conTroll

    You are a typical woman after all.

    When I tell women I have no interest in them, they take it so personal! As if I'm supposed to stare at them and make them feel important by paying them attention. Chill out, I'm a nobody, you women folk will survive my void of badinage, ogling, and flirting.

    I have far more important priorities than sublunary, fleshly pursuits.

    Sep 01st, 2014 - 05:38 pm 0
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