Sheep shearing Prime Minister

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.

Stuff: Sheep shearing whiz PM takes down a legend at world champs

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?




  1. NOEL

     /  February 19, 2017

    A Tui moment if the placard is authentic.
    Beat him in equal contest. Yeah Right.

    • Blazer

       /  February 19, 2017

      don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes…Noel.

  2. Brown

     /  February 19, 2017

    Yes he can milk a cow. All politicians can.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  February 19, 2017

      Another person whose knowledge of politics is limited-where do you think tax money goes ?-and a Christian who doesn’t feel the need to obey the Scriptures.

  3. David

     /  February 19, 2017

    Quite impressive for someone who has inhabited Wellington for 30 odd years. Surprised there have been no memes on fleecing the taxpayers, dry run at working with Judith Collins, shot across Whaleoils bow not to get too lippy.

  4. pdm

     /  February 19, 2017

    Yes – Bill English can milk a cow.

    He told the people at the Maori Farmer of the Year finals in Napier a couple of years (or so) ago that when growing up on the farm milking the house cows by hand was one of his jobs. mrspdm and I were present.