Sheep seem to be a bit of a theme today (but is from last week).
Stunts can backfire in politics, as Bill English well knows (his boxing in 2002 didn’t do any good for his election chances).
But this shows that there is more to English than a Wellington career number cruncher.
In a shear off with sheep shearing legend Sir David Fagan, Prime Minister Bill English appeared to have the edge on his rival, beating Sir David by several seconds.
English accepted the challenge to go head to head with Sir David at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Southland on Saturday.
And despite lots of talk ahead of the event about Fagan starting with a five or 10 sheep handicap, English held his own, shearing his sheep in a creditable time.
English is a fifth generation Southland farmer, so no stranger to the shearing shed.
But can he milk a cow?