Ambassador talks shearing ahead of world champs in France
Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler met top New Zealand shearers and farming representatives as French organisers prepare to host the 2019 World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.
The meeting at the Residence of France in Wellington on July 3 was the latest in a series of exchanges with New Zealand’s rural sector about the championships.
Among those present were veteran New Zealand shearers Sir David Fagan and Tom Wilson, as well as shearing administrators Greg Herrick, Phillip Morrison and Jude McNab, and newly-elected Federated Farmers president Katie Milne.
Organisers of the 2019 championships presented their hosting bid before the World Shearing Council in Invercargill in Feburary, with the Ambassador speaking in support of their successful candidacy.
The Ambassador took up the handpiece herself at the Golden Shears in March to promote France’s hosting of the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.
In France, the 2019 championship organisers received a visit in June from French President Emmanuel Macron, who was briefed on Kiwi shearers’ prowess and the organisers’ plans to welcome shearers and spectators from around the world in July 2019.
Association pour le Mondial de Tonte de Moutons (AMTM) Christophe Riffaud and fellow shearer Julien Dincq plan to set a French national shearing record on July 8, 2017. The pair aims to shear 1000 sheep in five runs totaling nine hours, between 6am and 6pm.
Le Dorat is located in the Haute-Vienne department, which is part of France’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Organisers plan to hold the event in early July 2019, and hope to attract up to 30,000 visitors and 300 shearers to shear 5000 sheep.