The World Shearing Championships is set to be staged this week in New Zealand, where the race to properly clip woollen fleece off live sheep has long been considered a major competitive sport.

It is such a popular event in the country that the union representing New Zealand's farmers and the government-funded Shearing Sports Federation are calling for sheep shearing to become an Olympic game.

Andrew Thomas reports from Otago, New Zealand.

Source: Al Jazeera