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The new season starts at the New Zealand Merino shearing and woolhandling championships in Alexandra on October 2-3, but in the meantime the New Zealand shearing team has eight test matches in the UK and there are plenty of other competitions around the World. Scroll down for latest news and follow us on Facebook.

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2014/2015 competitions
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Media Releases:

Wales series ends in 2-2 tie - July 26, 2015
The New Zealand shearing team has had to settle for a draw in its 2015 UK tour series against Wales after being beaten in the final match at the Corwen Shears in north-east Wales...

Royal Welsh boilover - A win to Jack Fagan - July 25, 2015
Te Kuiti shearer Jack Fagan has taken up just where dad David Fagan left off by winning the Royal Welsh Show Open shearing title - a year after his father won the title for a 14th time....

A Uni graduiate's Big OE - Shearing - July 22, 2015
Qualified physical education teacher and Otago University graduate Jacob Moore faces one of his bigger challenges tonight while living the dream of the big OE by shearing sheep....

Young Fagan wins speedshear "International" - July 21, 2015
Te Kuiti shearing prodigy Jack Fagan has chalked-up another triumph in a breakthrough season in the UK by winning a major speedshear at the start of Royal Welsh Show week....

New Zealand shearers take 2-0 lead over Wales - July 20, 2015
New Zealand Shearing legend David Fagan is looking to celebrate his final retirement in the UK in triumph after he and teammate Dion King beat Wales in the first two tests at Cothi and Lampeter....

Great Kiwis at Great Yorkshire Show - July 16, 2015
Legendary New Zealand shearer David Fagan has started a 10-day competition swansong in the UK by all-but having his thunder stolen by son Jack in front of one of Britain's biggest shearing audiences at the Great Yorkshire Show...

She's right Jack - Fagan prodigy claims first Open win - July 13, 2015
It's like-father like-son for Te Kuiti shearer Jack Fagan who early today won his first Open title, just as father David Fagan starts closing the door on a career of 640 wins at the top level....

NZ shearers downed in Lakeland test - but still take the prizes - July 11, 2015
The New Zealand shearing team suffered a narrow loss to England today at the 13th Lakeland Shears in Cockermouth, Cumbria...

Kiwi King rules at Game of Thrones site Shane's Castle - July 10, 2015
Hawke's Bay shearer Dion King put in an all-conquering performance as the Shearing Sports New Zealand team dominated the NISSA Shears today at Game of Thrones filming site Shane's Castle Estate in Northern Ireland...

Scots beat the Kiwis in first test at Lochearnhead - June 29, 2015
The New Zealand shearing team has had a narrow loss to Scotland less than 48 hours after arriving in the UK at the start of an eight-test tour...

NZ shearing team starts five-week UK tour - June 25, 2015
The New Zealand shearing team is about to start a five-week UK tour which includes a surprise return from a brief retirement by Te Kuiti legend David Fagan...

What a Guy - Kiwi shearer gets v first win at Royal Highland - June 23, 2015
A globe-trotting Taumarunui shearer has scored his first competition win in the Senior final at the Royal Highland Show in Scotland...

Richard Jones retains Three Counties title - June 14, 2015
Corwen shearer and 2014 UK Shearing Personality of the Year Richard Jones showed he's in form to regain the Champion Shearer of Wales title next month.....

Kiwi guns in the money at Cornwall again - June 7, 2015
New Zealand shearers Jack Fagan and Matthew Smith have finished second and third in the Open final at the Royal Cornwall Show in England....

Pyper shears in All Nations final in Ireland - June 1, 2015
Invercargill shearer Troy Pyper has continued his form in the UK by reaching the All Nations final at the All Ireland Championships at An Grianan...

Rich pickings for Berry at Bath and West - May 31, 2015
England'smost recent World shearing championship finalist has cemented his place as his country's top shearer by scoring a big double at the Royal Bath and West Show...

Fagan bows-out with top ranking: "That's the one." - April 12, 2015
Shearing legend David Fagan went into his swansong at the New Zealand championships happy he'd already achieved one of the major goals of the season...

Pass the rugby, got some shearing, says new shears champ Foote - April 11, 2015
If it hadn't been for his neighbours and a few sheep Kaleb Foote would probably have been spending the second weekend of April furthering his claims to a future in some of the biggest rugby stadiums of the World...

Oh so close for Fagan in home-town career swansong - April 11, 2015
Retiring 53-year-old shearing legend David Fagan burned-off allcomers in an amazing display of speed as he came within a few blows of winning the two major titles at his last....

Smith claims Shearer of the Year title - after three weeks - April 10, 2015
Three weeks might not make a summer, but it was enough for World champion shearer Rowland Smith as he won his fourth North Island Shearer of the Year final in Te Kuiti tonight....

Golden Shears World Championships 2017 - April 10, 2015
The next Golden Shears World shearing and woolhandling championships will be a Friday-Sunday event in Christchurch on February 10-12, 2017...

Smith nails star-studded Taranaki shearing final - March 29, 2015
World shearing champion Rowland Smith is likely to have cemented favouritism to win a fourth New Zealand Open title next month by winning two finals during the weekend...

Two-from-two as Smith nails Waitomo shears - March 28, 2015
World champion Rowland Smith made it two-out-of two in his return to competition shearing when he won the Open final at the Waitomo Caves Sports today...

Shaylyn Te Huia - A young champ is mourned - March 25, 2015
(June 8, 1998 - March 23, 2015)
Former Golden Shears novice woolhandling champion Shaylyn Te Huia is on her way home for one last time for her funeral in the town where she won her title just over a year ago...
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2014/2015 Competition Directory

Download a full copy of the current competition directory in pdf form (18mb) by clicking here or
view instantly online as a flip book.

All events are listed online under North Island Competition Dates or South Island Competition Dates.

New Zealand wool is recognised internationally for its quality and consistency as a result of the partnership between sheep farmers, wool harvesters and processors. The skills of shearers, wool handlers and pressers maximise the value of the wool grown throughout the country and help maintain New Zealand's proud tradition as a producer of the world's finest wools.

Shearing Sports New Zealand - our role...

  • Manage the delivery of over 60 shearing, wool handling and pressing competitions throughout New Zealand annually

  • Establish, promote and measure national quality standards in all wool harvesting disciplines at all competitions

  • Profile and promote New Zealand wools and wool products at all national and international competitions

  • Promote professionalism among all people working in our industry by setting and maintaining standards at all events

  • Support professional development and training through partnerships with the Agriculture Industry Training Organisation and Tectra to ensure that people in the industry work to high and consistent standards

  • Work alongside New Zealand farmers and shearing contractors to ensure the quality of our wool is maintained and improved through the harvesting process

  • Showcase the opportunities our industry presents young people as a career, and provide them support and mentoring through training and competition

Shearing Sports New Zealand - Life Members...

  • Robin Kidd

  • Hugh McCarroll MNZM

  • John Fagan MBE

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