Experienced shearer Steve Rowberry will attempt to beat the current world record when he undertakes an eight-hour lamb shearing competition this week.

The 34-year-old competitor from Herefordshire will attempt to shear more than 754 lambs in the eight-hour interval this Friday (August 4), at The Dorelands, Abbey Dore, Herefordshire.

Fundraising and support from the event will go towards the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Rowberry, who has been a shearer since he was 20 years old, will seek to beat the world record currently held by Jack Fagan.

Head of member engagement at British Wool, Gareth Jones, said: “Record attempts are an excellent opportunity to showcase the highly skilled individuals driving the industry forward while also helping to promote the quality of British wool to wider audiences.”

Rowberry said that he has always enjoyed shearing because of the opportunities it gives, enabling him to travel the world whilst working.

Steve Rowberry. Image: British Wool


Rowberry runs his own farm based in Chapel Lawn in Shropshire and said that his days “start early as the shearing run is nearer home and is about an hour’s drive”.

“I meet the other shearers and woolhandler and drive to the farm or depending on sheep quantities at the farm, it may include a few farms during a normal day,” he said.

“Once finished, I head home to prepare for the following day and also check on livestock and do any farm jobs that need doing.”

Rowberry said that attempting the British record has always been a personal target of his, but that he decided to upgrade this and attempt the world record in memory of his younger brother Fred who died last September.

Away from the farm and its commitments, Rowberry said his other hobbies include competitive shearing in shows and spending time with this two children and friends.