Boyup Brook shearer Floyde Neil shore 544 crossbred lambs on a world record pace and raised $1632 for the Blue Tree Project on Friday at Kojonup. Floyde’s quest for a world shearing title was inherited from his father, Roger Neil, a multiple world record shearing champion, who had up to 100 speed shear wins in New Zealand. “My father was a Golden Shears finalist on three occasions and was a member of the New Zealand team which set world records,” Floyde said. After working on his father’s Aotearoa Shearing run, Floyde was inspired to carry on the Neil name in competitive shearing and also develop his own shearing run. He competed very successfully in New Zealand and won approximately 60 shows with the most memorable being the 2015 New Zealand Championships in Warrambool, where he won the seniors title. “I also competed in up to 15 open finals including taking third place against some high ranking world champion team members,” Floyde said. In 2016, Floyde expanded his horizons and migrated to Australia to live in Boyup Brook, where his fiancee, Jordan Morgan, was raised on her family’s farm. Jordan, who is a woolclasser, and Floyde now have their own contracting business, Shear Pride. “We our currently shearing 50,000 sheep per season and building,” Floyde said. “We also have our own 50ha farm with 350 sheep and we’re living the dream.” Floyde had his sight set on a world record eight-hour attempt to shear more than 524 first-cross lambs this year, but COVID-19 hit and WA’s hard border would not allow the required World Record Sheep Shearing Society judges to enter the State. His alternative was to test his specialty training with a unofficial attempt at breaking Kiwi Aidan Copp’s 2019 world record of 524 first-cross lambs in eight hours at Gnadbro Station, NSW, when Copp broke the 14-year-old record by five lambs. After shearing an extra 20 lambs, his personnel best, at Craig and Liz Heggaton’s Kojonup woolshed, Floyde said he felt confident that when the time came for an official world record attempt, he would be the next world champion title holder. “It was confidence building, and it was good to raise funds for a worthy cause,” he said. “I have done the right training and worked out my comb selection. I am ready.” Mr Heggaton said Floyde and Jordan’s Shear Pride shearers were very good and shorn clean. “They are a pleasure to work with,” he said.