Keith Wilson (shearer)

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Keith Wilson is a New Zealand sheep shearer. He holds the unofficial world record for shearing 871 sheep in one day in December 1999.[1]

Prior to the 9 hour strongwool lamb record attempt by Rodney Sutton (839 lambs in 9 hours) in 2000, Wilson shore 851 unprepared lambs. Wilson was quoted as saying "I wanted to show Rodney that it could be done".[citation needed]

In a 24-hour shearing marathon, New Zealand's Alan MacDonald and Wilson machine-sheared 2,220 sheep at Warkworth, Auckland Province, New Zealand. The "Shearathon" commenced at 1 pm on 25 June 1988 and concluded at 1 pm on 26 June 1988.[2]

Wilson & Paul Kemp held the 2 stand strongwool lamb record, set in 1981. The pair shore 1513 lambs in 9 hours at Tikorangi Station, Portland, New Zealand.[3] As a young shearer, Wilson once shore 176 strongwool ewes in 2 hours.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Quick, Graeme R. (2007). Remarkable Australian Farm Machines: Ingenuity on the Land. Rosenberg Publishing. ISBN 978-1-877058-58-5. 
  2. ^ "Most sheep shorn in 24 Hours". Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sheep Shearing Records". Retrieved 24 March 2012.