Ewe-nited effort to break shearing world record

Ewe-nited effort to break shearing world record

Published by Mike Draper at 4:02am 24th August 2019. (Updated at 9:14am 27th August 2019)

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Jonny and Martin aim to smash the '2 Stand Strong Ewe World Shearing Record' at Bigley Farm near Salisbury.

    • WHEN: From 7am today, Saturday 24th August
    • WHERE: Bigley Farm, Elcombe Road, Alvediston, Salisbury, SP5 5LG
    • WHO: Professional shearers, Jonny Roberts and Martin Howlett
    • WHAT: They have to shear in excess of 1068 ewes to break the record

Jonny Roberts and Martin Howlett are attempting to break the 8 - Hour 2 Stand Strong Ewe World Shearing Record.


This is the first record attempt of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere by two UK shearers who together need to shear in excess of 1068 ewes to break the existing record.

Both Jonny and Martin know that to break the existing record, represents a monumental challenge, one which requires hours of training, nutrition and of course honing their shearing techniques, as they will be under the scrutiny of judges from the World Sheep Shearing Records Society.  Four judges will be present during the record, two from the UK and two from Australasia.

However, both Jonny and Martin are under the expert guidance of world-renowned professional shearer and world record holder Matt Smith. Matt who lives in Launceston in Cornwall, who himself broke the 9 Hour Ewe World Record in 2016, and is therefore aware of the absolute commitment, dedication and complete focus both shearers need to have to succeed.

Jonny Roberts and Martin Howlett, professional sheep shearers, standing next to each other holding sheep shears. They are attempting to set a new world record.
Jonny and Martin are being sponsored by several companies who have donated much needed funds and equipment.


It goes without saying that to stage a world record requires an enormous amount of time, planning, dedication and cost, which is estimated to be in the region of £20,000. Therefore, a huge effort is being made in order to raise the necessary funds to ensure that record can be attempted on the day.

They are being sponsored by several companies who have donated much needed funds and of course equipment which include Heiniger in Switzerland and Laurence Pierce (Wool Merchants) as well as a host of other organisations who have lent their support to help them to attempt the record.


Jonny and Martin have chosen to support 'The Stars Appeal' based at Salisbury District Hospital.

The charity's attempting to raise £1million by the end of 2019. Their aim is to create a better experience and outcome for patients and their families. They do this through funding extra care and equipment over and above that which is provided by the NHS and work hard to help people across all wards and departments. Focusing on children and adults with cancer and those in cardiac care.

There will be volunteers from 'The Stars Appeal' available during the record and they will be helping to raise funds and of course awareness of the outstanding work which they do.

Both Jonny and Martin have also pledged to donate any surplus monies, raised though sponsorship to 'The Stars Appeal' at the end of the record.


Find out the latest about the vital work of 'The Stars Appeal' at Salisbury District Hospital.

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