World Record at Poronui
The woolshed at Poronui had its' heyday on 8 January 1979 when Eddie Reidy organised a gang of 'gun' shearers to attempt to break the then world record for number of strong-wool lambs shorn in a 9 hour day.
It is worth noting that there were no restrictions on wool weights for shearing records in New Zealand at this time. The record was recorded on a World Records register, held by the Golden Shears Society, with referees present. This was before the formation of the World Sheep Shearing Records Committee in 1982.
Eddie was well known at the time on the shearing show circuit and ran a large shearing gang. He chose this gang carefully as the following newspaper clipping attests to.