This is not a Baa-Argain! Sheep become the most expensive in the world when they sell for £ 365,000 at a Scottish auction following a raging bidding war
- The lamb, named Double Diamond, was sold at a Scottish livestock auction
- Sold by the well known breeder Charlie Boden to a three-way consortium
- It became the most expensive sheep in the world after it was bought for £ 365,000
- The previous record for a UK sheep was £ 231,000 in August 2009
A sheep has become the most expensive in the world after it was sold at a Scottish livestock auction for a record £ 365,000.
The lamb, named Double Diamond, was sold to farmers at the Scottish National Texel sale in Lanark on Thursday.
It was one of 19 lambs sold at auction for over 10,000 guineas, or £ 10,500.
Double Diamond (pictured above) has become the most expensive in the world after selling for a record £ 365,000 at a Scottish cattle auction
Double Diamond was sold by well known breeder Charlie Boden from his Sportsmans herd in Stockport, Cheshire.
Texels, originally from the Dutch island of Texel, are the most popular breeding sheep in Great Britain due to the quality of the meat.
The average cost of a lamb in the UK is around £ 100 – but high quality rams used for breeding make a lot more.
Double Diamond, an embryo lamb raised from a ewe, received an opening bid of £ 10,500.
A furious bidding war ensued, increasing the price by over £ 300,000.
Eventually the sheep was bought in a three-way partnership between Alan Blackwood of Auldhouseburn, Maybole of Procters Farm in Lancashire and Messrs. Teward of New View Farm in Darlington.
The eight month old Texel lamb named Vicious Sid (pictured above) is the second most expensive sheep ever sold in the UK
The second most expensive sheep sold at auction, named Hexel Django, went for £ 68,000 to another three-way consortium made up of the Knox, Haddo, Turriff, Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell families from Cowal Farm in Lochgoilhead and the USA Wight family Midlock, Lanark.
Previously, the highest sum ever made for a sheep was £ 231,000 (or 220,000 guineas) paid by Jimmy Douglas in August 2009 for eight-month-old Texel-Tup Deveronvale Perfection at Lanark Market.
In August 2014, an eight-month-old Texel ram named Vicious Sid became the second most expensive sheep ever sold in the UK after being bought for a whopping £ 152,000.
According to tradition, most of the farm's livestock, including horses, are still sold in guineas in markets. A guinea is worth around £ 1.05p.
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