Sheep shearing Olympic sport call
A New Zealand farming lobby group has said sheep shearing has the potential to become an Olympic demonstration sport and the time had come to elevate its sporting status to the "ultimate world stage".
The country produces some of the world's best shearers and its national championship, the Golden Shears, receives substantial local media coverage.
New Zealand Federated Farmers said the world's top shearers were "athletes who take it to another level".
New Zealand will host the world shearing championships in March and Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre chairwoman Jeannette Maxwell said it was an appropriate time for the sport to press for wider international recognition.