A Texel lamb has set a new world record price after being sold at an auction for almost R8 million in Scotland.
Double Diamond, the world’s most expensive sheep
According to reports, the lamb, called Double Diamond, was sold in the Scottish National Texel Sale at the Lanark Agricultural Centre by breeders Charlie Boden and family, from Stockport in Greater Manchester. Now, according to the Texel Sheep Society’s website, Double Diamond was “the subject of much pre-sale speculation and a crowd puller from the moment he set foot in the market”. The ram carried “an index in the top 1 per cent of the breed”.
“The price quickly escalated, with a rarely seen bidding war between a brace of consortiums, resulting in Brian Ross’ hammer finally falling in favour of a three-way partnership between Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Muirkirk, Procters Farm, Procters, Lancashire and Messrs Teward, New View, Darlington.”
An outstanding animal
“He was just an outstanding animal, backed up by all the best genetics,” buyer Jeff Aiken later said. “There were about seven or eight people who really, really wanted him and that’s what led to the price.”
Aiken said he and his partners planned to put Double Diamond out to stud to recover their money.
“Don’t get me wrong, it is an obscene amount of money to pay for a sheep, and it definitely should not be a reflection on the farming community.”
About Texel sheep
The sheep originates from the island of Texel in the Netherlands. It is said that these sheep are heavily muscled and it produces a lean meat carcass and will pass on this quality to crossbred progeny. Their wool is around 32 micrometres and is mostly used for hosiery yarns and knitting wools.
The British Texel Sheep Society’s website says further that the popularity of the breed meant animals with elite genetics regularly sell for five-figure prices, and occasionally for six-figure amounts. The breed also recorded the previous highest priced sheep sale in the United Kingdom when Deveronvale Perfection sold for more than R5 million at the Scottish National Sale, Lanark, in 2009.