An experienced sheep shearer from Machynlleth has his eyes on breaking a British record this week.

Meirion Evans has been preparing to make an attempt at breaking a record in a nine-hour British Ewe record attempt, as he will attempt to shear sheep across nine hours on July 13.

The 25-year-old works on the family beef and sheep farm keeping Welsh Black Cross Limousin cows and mainly Mule Cross Texel ewes with some Welsh Mountain and Speckled Hill, as well as a contract shearing business which keeps him busy over the summer months.

On his motivation behind attempting to break the record, he said: “I have helped at several record attempts over the years, I enjoyed being a part of the team and supporting shearers to do their best in whatever record they were attempting.

"I also very much liked the atmosphere and wanted to attempt the record myself.

“There are many within the industry I look up to and I remember from a young age watching videos of Stacey Te Huia from New Zealand shearing which was a big inspiration to me.

“Shearing has already given me many opportunities including seven seasons working in New Zealand. This is a great way to improve and also to make new friends.”

The record attempt also has a chosen charity in the form of the DPJ Foundation, a Welsh mental health charity to support those in agriculture and rural communities with mental health problems. A fundraising page for the record attempt can be found here.

Gareth Jones, head of member engagement at British Wool said: “Record attempts are an excellent opportunity to promote the quality of British wool to wider audiences and showcase the highly skilled individuals driving the industry forward.

“As a member organisation, British Wool is committed to supporting champions as representatives and ambassadors. We’re delighted to be supporting Meirion to help him achieve his goals and wish him the very best of luck.”