SHEEP SELLS FOR WORLD RECORD PRICE
A SHEEP has sold at auction for a whopping £367,500 – a new world record.
Double Diamond was snapped up in a joint bid by three breeders at a sale in Lanark.
The six-month-old lamb, which is described as being heavily muscled, has a distinctive gold colour. He is a pedigree Texel sheep, which is a rare and expensive breed that originated on an island off the coast of the Netherlands.
The previous record for a sheep sale was £231,000, set in 2009. Double
Diamond smashed that and will now be shared by three farmers based in Scotland and England. He will likely enjoy a long life of breeding with female sheep.
Jeff Aiken, one of the breeders who bought Double Diamond, said: “He is the best lamb I have ever seen – so correct on his legs, bright, with a great top. He’s got it all.” A lamb that costs more than the average price of a house in the UK? Ewe couldn’t make it up!