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Uruguayan Sheep Shearer Defends Icelandic Title

Julio Cesar Gutierrez from Uruguay, representing the farm Hávarsstadir in Leirársveit in west Iceland, defended his title from last year in the Icelandic Championship in sheep shearing during the farmers’ festival in the Dalir region last weekend.

From the 2007 sheep roundup in Fossvallarétt. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

“Sheep shearing is no magic, it is about knowing the right moves and speed comes with practice,” Gutierrez told Morgunbladid.

Fourteen sheep shearers participated in the championship, which is about shearing sheep as quickly and efficiently as possible. Speed accounts for 40 percent of points and the quality of shearing for 60 percent.

The sheep shearing was a knockout contest and in the end only Gutierrez and Gísli Thórdarson from Mýrdalur on the Snaefellsnes peninsula were left. Then Thórdarson was beat by Gutierrez.

Gutierrez, who learnt sheep shearing in his home country, has lived in Iceland for the past 15 years and worked as a shearer on farms in west Iceland. Currently he is mostly involved with taming horses.

The festival was held by the Association of Sheep Farmers in Dalasýsla county. Many different events were on the program, including rock concerts, a handicraft market and rhymester evening.

The National Association of Young Farmers was founded during the festival. Among the association’s founders is MP and sheep farmer Ásmundur Einar Dadason.

Click here to read more about the festival.

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