A lamb bred by a family in Stockport – now claimed to be the most expensive sheep in the world – has just sold for a whopping £367,500 at auction.
The Pedigree Texel lamb – named Double Diamond – was sold at the Scottish National Texel Sale in Lanark on Thursday last week.
The lamb was bred by Charlie Boden and family from their Sportsmans flock at Mellor Hall Farm in Stockport.
The price for the lamb quickly escalated from an opening bid of £10,500, and ended up being bought by a three-way partnership between three farmers.
Texel sheep originate from the island of Texel – one of the north-western islands off Holland – and now dominate the UK sheep industry, with the Texel Sheep Society stating that the previous record was £231,000, which was paid for a Texel, Deveronvale Perfection in 2009.
One of the successful buyers of Double Diamond, Jeff Aiken – Flock manager at Procters Farm – said: “The Texel for a start is the best breed in the UK and the pedigree side of it is getting bigger.
“If you want the best, you have to try and buy the best.
“It’s an exceptional animal and the best Texel sheep I’ve ever seen… so correct on his legs, bright, with a great top. He’s got it all,”
He added: “Hopefully he’ll do a good job on all three flocks.”
Mr Aiken was keen to add that the figure of this sale is a “one-off” and said that he did not want it to give the wrong impression of the UK farming industry at present.
He continued: “There’s a small percentage of pedigree buyers that can club together and pay big money, but at the end of the day the commercial farmers are just as important if not more important,
“They are putting food on our tables.
“I’m in the fortunate position that I can spend that sort of money.”