Steve Mudford

Posted on 18th August 2016

He’s been around the world eight times, shorn sheep on an island off Scotland, in big valleys in Colorado, a roundabout in ol’ Blighty and was the first Australian to win the Calgary Stampede shearing competition. For Steve Mudford, the past 24 years as a sheep shearer has been his ticket to money can’t buy experiences.

 

For this experienced shearer, launching into competitions was a way to keep himself at the top of his game.

 

“I’d seen the world and had been lucky enough to travel to so many places as a sheep shearer and when I came home entering into competitions was a way I was able to keep up to date with the latest practices.”

 

It paid off as Mudford was part of a 3-stand world record of merino ewes sheared in 8 hours in 2014 which stands today. He’s also won 7 open sport shears and 31 open speed shears.

 

He said so much of a shearer’s success was down to strong mental preparation.

 

“You have to get the right mental state of mind, especially going into a competition. And it is equally important to know the right gear you’ll need and ideally have some shed-based work in the lead up to get fit.”

 

“I’m looking forward to the Jackie Howe Festival competition and really want to make the final this year. I’ve just missed out the last two times but mostly it’s great to catch up with industry friends and hear about what they’ve been up to.”

 

When he isn’t competing, Mudford owns Muddy’s Quality Shearing which can run up to 9 shearing teams in busy times.

 

“I’ll often look for shearers who also enter competitions for my teams. I truly believe it gives a shearer a better work standard and attitude. It lifts a shearers standards and they tend to have a determination to always improve.”

 

Gather up your family and friends and start planning your visit to the 2016 Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears. Keep an eye on the website for regular updates and holiday packages to be released in the near future.