Timely sweep at Laggan Quickshear

More than 50 shearers competed in the Laggan Quickshear on January 19.

Hundreds of spectators gathered on the lawns of the Laggan Pub to watch as shearers from across NSW take part in the competition.

Quick go the shears: Youngest competitor Jay Knight in the semi-finals of the novice division. Photo: Clare McCabe.

Quick go the shears: Youngest competitor Jay Knight in the semi-finals of the novice division. Photo: Clare McCabe.

Judges Ashley Smith, Mark Dawson and ‘Boc’ Seaman praised the competitors.

However, they said they were looking for the sheep to be shorn to a sale standard.

“Cleanliness, no skin cuts and no second cuts,” Seaman said. 

As the day progressed, the critique stepped up.

“It only takes two kicks and out of position, and game over.

“The good fellas stand out in each division with some very high standouts in each division especially some big wheels from the outside area.

“Including veteran Gene Mills, [who] still had the potential to stick it with the young guns.”

Jacko Hira, of Blayney won the open division at 25 seconds, beating local Jamie Boothman by 2 seconds.

The intermediates was won by Hayden Croker. He placed the best time of 41 seconds, although he had a win in the bag after three contestants were disqualified by the judges and the fourth finalist did not compete.

In his first-ever quickshear competition, Mic Carlon won the novice division in a time of 53 seconds.

The cockies and contractors division was taken out by Andy Knight, 41 seconds. His son, Jay Knight aged 10 years, was the youngest competitor. He has been competing for the last two years, and in 2018 placed third. Although he missed out on the finals, he was pleased with his semi-final time.

Thirty per cent of the Calcutta auction, which raised $2220, will be donated to the Crookwell Hospital.

The first-cross lambs were supplied by Jeff Cupitt of Roslyn.