Sheep-shearing world record smashed
A sheep-shearing world record has been broken with thousands of people watching around the world.
Matt Smith, 32, sheared 731 ewes in nine hours at a farm in Cornwall to beat the previous record of 721.
It was the first sheep-shearing world record attempt in the northern hemisphere.
At one point Mr Smith, originally from New Zealand, was tackling the sheep at a rate of one every 36 seconds - well ahead of the 45 second target.
A team of masseurs were on hand to ease the strain on Mr Smith's back during breaks at the event at St Clether, Launceston.
Steve Matthew, a judge from the World Shearing Council, said the attempt required huge "physical and mental strength".
"This is the Everest of the sheep-shearing world," he said.
Farm security firm Agricamera have provided live online coverage, with between 300 and 500 people watching at any one time.
Agricamera's Jake Withecombe said: "We didn't quite anticipate it being as popular as it has turned out to be."
Mr Smith began his attempt at 05:00 BST, took four breaks and finished at around 17:00.
The previous record of 721 sheep in nine hours was set by Rodney Sutton in 2007.