5 times Aussie farming made the record books

Australia is home to a litany of agricultural achievements, from cutting edge innovation to mind-blowing production. But that’s not the full picture…

We have also made global headlines for some more bizarre farm-related achievements.

Here are five times Australian farming has graced the world record books in the most unexpected ways…

1. Most cows hit by lightening

The largest recorded number of livestock killed by a single bolt of lightning is 68.

The Jersey cows were sheltering under a tree at Warwick Marks’ dairy farm near Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia, on 31 October 2005.

A further three were paralyzed for a few hours, but later recovered.

2. Furthest distance tracked by a lost dog

The farthest distance that a lost pet dog has found his way home occurred in 1979 when Jimpa, a labrador/boxer cross, turned up at his old home in Pimpinio, Victoria, Australia after walking 3,218 km across Australia.

His owner, Warren Dumesney, had taken the dog with him 14 months earlier when he went to work on a farm at Nyabing, Western Australia. During his trek the dog negotiated the almost waterless Nullarbor Plain.

Jimpa’s trek would have taken a minimum of 31 hours by car.

3. The most wool sheared from a sheep in a single shearing

The most wool shorn from a sheep in a single shearing is 41.10 kg from Chris, an errant overgrown sheep rescued by RSPCA ACT. Chris was shorn by national shearing champion Ian Elkins in Weston Creek, Australian Capital Territory, on 3 September 2015.

Chris the Sheep went missing from a farm near Canberra and spent several years living in a national park. He was so woolly that is life was at risk as he could barely stand and was at risk of severe infection.

The shearing took around 45 minutes and after the massive 41.10 kg weight was lifted off his shoulders, Chris the Sheep was in great health.

Chris the Sheep before the shearing began.

4. The most sugar cane cut by hand in eight hours

The most sugarcane cut by hand in eight hours is 50 tonnes (110,231 lb). This was achieved by Roy Wallace on 9 October 1961 at a sugar farm in Giru, Queensland, Australia.

5. The world’s largest turnip.

Farmer Roger Bignell, 61, grew a 18.3 kg turnip on his Waterhouse property, 20 kilometres east of Bridport, Tasmania.

This wasn’t even Mr Bignell’s first world record! In 1973, at the age of 16, he grew the world’s largest carrot.

Roger Bignell and his grandsons with the world’s largest turnip.
Andrea Martinello

Andrea Martinello

Andrea is the Community & Engagement Officer at the National Farmers' Federation.

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