Golden Shears World Council


Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing Championships Scotland 2023

The 2023 Golden Shears will take place at Scotland’s Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh, June 2023

The Schedule of events can be downloaded Here

The Royal Highland Show website:

Applications closed in early January 2023.

Jim Warnock, Chairman of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), commented:

“There is no better stage than the Royal Highland Show to celebrate the amazing skills of competitors at the Golden Shears. Scotland has a long and renowned heritage of sheep farming and wool handling, so it is fitting that the Show will host this prestigious competition.

“The Show offers a great experience for the whole family, with something for everyone to enjoy. The exciting addition of the Golden Shears only adds to the appeal of an already excellent day out, and offers a world stage on which competitors can display their skills.”

George Graham, Chairman of Golden Shears World Council, added:

“The 2023 Golden Shears World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships will be a spectacular event, showcasing the skills of competitors from up to forty countries. Set in Scotland at the Royal Highland Show, it will be a brilliant setting for next year’s competition.

“This is the Olympics of shearing and wool handling, with super athletes vying for the prestigious Golden Shears world teams and individual titles. Up to four and a half thousand sheep will lose their fleeces over the course of the event - a sight to behold!

“I would like to take this opportunity to convey my best wishes to Scotland as the host country and all the visiting countries, and I hope after a few very difficult years this will be a phenomenal success for everyone involved.”

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A history of golden shears world council (2013)

Golden Shears World Council was formed in the small (population 3000) Australian country town of Euroa on October 27, 1980. Euroa was home to the Australian Golden Shears from 1974 until 1984 when the Australian Workers Union (AWU) applied a ban on competition with New Zealand effectively ending the event.