‘‘We outdid ourselves’’ is Megan Whitehead’s reaction to smashing two world shearing records last Friday.

Miss Whitehead, of Gore, and cousin Hannah McColl, of Taranaki, shore 1283 lambs, eclipsing the Women’s World two-stands eighthours record by 380.

Marg Baynes and her daughter Ingrid Smith had held the record of 903 since 2009, when Mrs Baynes did 433 and her daughter 470.

Miss Whitehead, who shore 686 lambs on Friday, also broke the previous solo record of 601, set by King Country-based Sacha Bond in Northern Southland last February.

The record attempt was ‘‘awesome’’ and went better than she expected, she said.

‘‘My secret goal was 1200. ‘‘I wanted us both to do 600.’’

Four years ago, Miss Whitehead was part of a four-woman team attempting to break a world shearing record and Miss McColl was her water girl.

From then on, the pair decided it would be good to attempt a world record together., Miss Whitehead said. ‘‘She’s like my best friend as well.’’

Team work. . . Megan Whitehead (left) and Hannah McColl celebrate after setting a new record of 1283 for the Women’s World two-stands eight-hours record for strongwool lambs, at Grant Brothers shed on Friday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

It was ‘‘special’’ for another family duo to break a record that had been set by a mother daughter combination, she said.

While she had been training for the event during the past year she had been careful about her diet and did extra training at the gym. That had also helped increased her daily output of sheep shorn. ‘‘You feel a lot better.’’

This was the third time she had set a world shearing record and she enjoyed the challenge.

‘‘It’s a thrill. It’s painful, but it’s fun.’’

Miss McColl said even though the day had its ups and downs, it was ‘‘amazing’’.

‘‘It’s a dream come true, doing a record with Megan.’’

Her mother, Fiona, said the cousins were following in the footsteps of their great-grandmother Gladys McColl, of Patea, who, in the 1940s, shore 100 sheep a day at a time when shearing gear was less developed.

‘‘They’ve got the same grit and determination that she had.’’ Miss Whitehead’s mother, Tina McColl, and her father, Quentin Whitehead, have also been shearers.

Ms McColl said shearing ran in her family. ‘‘It’s just come down through the McColl breed. ‘‘They’re tough little critters.’’