World shearing champ will add a buzz to shed: boss

BY CHE BAKER
Last updated 05:00 18/08/2010

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Just because you're the world champion shearer doesn't mean you can skive off in the Central Otago shearing sheds.

That's the message a shearing gang boss has for his an employee who is expected to start next week.

After a short visit home to Waipawa, central Hawke's Bay, world shearing champion Cam Ferguson will travel to Alexandra next week to shear for Peter Lyon Shearing.

Peter Lyon said the arrival of Ferguson would be a buzz for the workers and the other shearers would be keen to test themselves beside him, but he would have to concentrate on the job at hand, shearing merino sheep.

Ferguson was the youngest person to win the Golden Shears in his first attempt in March this year and went on to win the world title in Wales in July.

Ferguson said he was rapt with the two wins and pleased all the hard work in the shearing sheds had paid off.

Mr Lyon said that, from the first time he saw Ferguson shearing, he could tell he had an ability and the potential to become successful. Ferguson had worked on his run for five seasons, after Mr Lyon hired him on a whim when his uncle Eric Aramoana, asked if the young man could have a job.

He was looking forward to returning to Central Otago, where he had made a lot of friends, to get back on to the run he had done every year for five years, Ferguson said.

Shearing merino sheep was a bit different from crossbreed as it made things a "bit slower and tricky" and they had more skin to control, Ferguson said.

He would be working in the region until early October.

Ferguson had done well to accomplish so much at such a young age and he achieved it because of his mental application, Mr Lyon said. Like anyone who was a good shearer, he made it look deceptively easy.

"People think that to be a good shearer you needed to be big, strong and have no brains but it could not be more of the opposite," he said.

Ferguson expects to compete in about 20 competitions during the New Zealand summer, including two merino-shearing competitions in the South Island at Omarama and the New Zealand merino shearing championships in Alexandra.

He will defend his Golden Shears open title in Masterton in March next year and plans to attempt a world lamb-shearing tally record.

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