• Short Summary

    Forty-year-old Godfrey Bowen, chief shearing instructor of the New Zealand Wool Board, and world champion sheep-shearer, now on a three-month tour of the United Kingdom - the world's largest user of wool - demonstrated his prowess at a Press Conference in London's Caxton Hall, May 9.

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    Forty-year-old Godfrey Bowen, chief shearing instructor of the New Zealand Wool Board, and world champion sheep-shearer, now on a three-month tour of the United Kingdom - the world's largest user of wool - demonstrated his prowess at a Press Conference in London's Caxton Hall, May 9.

    He started sheep-shearing when he was 16 and reckons he has shorn 400,000 so far. Although 60 per day is average for machine-shearing by old techniques, Mr. Bowen has shorn 456 in 9 hours.

    It takes 10 years to become an expert sheep-shearer, he says, and the first 5 are spent learning to hold the sheep effortlessly, to minimize physical effort of the job. "Sheep and shearer weigh between them about 300 lbs. Unless you keep that weight on balance the effort and strain will beat you at the end of the day."
    Mr. Bowen's work as shearing instructor is very important. He estimates that a sheep-shearer's output can be boosted 25% by improved technique.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7EW5WDTC0X6V854ITV0X0ZZ5S
    Media URN:
    VLVA7EW5WDTC0X6V854ITV0X0ZZ5S
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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