Sheep Counting Competition

Sheep Counting Competition

So a sheep counting competition might be a little new to a lot of people out there and surprisingly  is a fairly popular sport throughout the whole of Australia.  However, this isn’t because of countless Australians being unable to sleep at night as you might think, instead it has become an actual sport where people get to compete by counting sheep. Contrary to popular belief this form of counting sheep actually requires you to have your wits about you, instead of hoping that you fall asleep.

Sheep counting is an age old tradition for any farmer that has ever owned livestock at any point in time and it recently became an actual sport for the first time in 2006. The idea is quite similar to the national sheep census that happens every year. Coincidently the number of sheep in Australia has increased beyond its original estimate for 2012 and is expected to be the same for 2013. Not that it has anything to do with the actual competition or anything, but at least it gives you some idea of the sheep situation in Australia.

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How Much Sheep Can a Sheep Counter Count?

How Much Sheep Can a Sheep Counter Count?

The idea really came from auctioneers that have to count over 100 000 sheep every day. The task alone is enough to drive a person batty at times, but when you turn it into a challenge, it becomes a lot more fun and people actually enjoy undertaking the task. Essentially, people that want to take part in the sheep counting competition have to stand in a pen and count up to 400 sheep. They all run past the counters and the person that makes the most accurate assessment on the actual number of sheep that ran past them is the winner.

Sheep Counting Competition

So there you have it! A rather simple sounding sport for anyone to try, and even though it’s tougher than it looks, everyone can join in on the fun at a sheep counting competition. You may even catch at the next Australia Day Celebration.

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