He said: "Obviously it was split between the three of us, don't get me wrong it is an obscene amount of money to pay for a sheep, it's definitely shouldn't be a reflection on the farming community. They regularly sell for five-figure sums, but this battle became particularly intense, Aiken said. Texels are incredibly popular in the U.K. because of their lean meat. In fact they are now found in many parts of the world. The world's most expensive sheep has been sold for a record £365,000 ($485,000). According to Aitken, the lamb's gigot was particularly good, a word for "his backside, his bum". A guinea is worth £1.05 ($1.33) in modern money. A ram has sold for £368,000 making it the most expensive in the world. “Every once in a while something special comes along and yesterday an extra special Texel turned up. Double Diamond was one of 19 lambs to be sold for over £10,500 ($14,000) at the auction. It was sold at Lanark on Thursday (27 August). By Gordon Davidson News & Online Editor. TEXEL TUP Sportsmans Double Diamond has set a new UK record for a sheep, selling at Lanark today for 350,000gns for Charlie Boden and family. Jeff Aitken farm manager of the Proctors flock, one of the farms that bought the sheep, told BBC Today programme that the price was reflective of the quality. Texels are a highly sought-after breed that originated on the small island of Texel, off the coast of the Netherlands. See why nearly a quarter of a million subscribers begin their day with the Starting 5. Texel ram lamb Sportsmans Double Diamond has set a new UK record for a sheep after it was sold for 350,000gns. Available for everyone, funded by readers, Death of Malcolm Flynn, 72, on the Pennine Way, came before that of teacher Dave Clark, Nearly one in five farmers in Britain are women, with the number rising all the time. Meanwhile, sheep farmers in the U.K. have said they have been left with no choice but to burn wool after COVID-19 caused a price crash, rendering their stock worthless. A statement on the Texel Sheep society's website read: "A flying trade at the Scottish National Texel Sale, Lanark, saw a new U.K. and world record price for a sheep at 350,000gns, when Charlie Boden and family sold Sportsmans Double Diamond from their Sportsman's flock, Stockport, Cheshire. To continue reading login or create an account. The first Texels were imported to the U.S. in 1985 by the Meat Animal Research Center at Clay Center, Nebraska. Sired by last year’s Lanark champion Garngour Craftsman, the lamb has been the subject of much pre-sale speculation. World Coronavirus Sheep World record Records The world's most expensive sheep has been sold for a record £365,000 ($485,000). Double Diamond had all the looks a lamb needed: toned torso, perfect head and muted gold colouring. Aiken and his two partners, who run farms in Ayrshire and Northumberland, will share ownership of Double Diamond. Jeff Aiken, one of three breeders who joined forces to pay the highest price ever commanded by a sheep, had been eyeing up Double Diamond for several weeks before Thursday’s sale in Lanark, near Glasgow. Until the sale, the previous record for a sheep sold at auction stood at just over £230,000, set in 2009; and the most Aiken had ever paid was 100,000 guineas (£105,000) for a ram called Sportsman Batman. The original incorrectly described Texel sheep as a rare breed. Only in 1990 following a five-year quarantine, were some Texel sheep released for purchase by private individuals. Heavily muscled, he was genetically perfect. All rights reserved. At the time, seller Graham Morrison described the high price as "beyond his wildest dreams". The lamb was sold by Charlie Boden and family from their Sportsmans flock in Cheshire. It was sold by breeder Charlie Boden to a consortium of sheep farmers who hope to recoup their … • This article was amended on 29 August 2020. Trio of breeders join forces to buy Texel ram Double Diamond in tense Scotland auction, Fri 28 Aug 2020 12.11 EDT The previous record price paid for a sheep was £231,000 ($306,000). The sheep had been the subject of much speculation before the auction opened. “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.”. You have 4 free articles remaining this month, Sign-up to our daily newsletter for more articles like this + access to 5 extra articles. A Texel lamb has become the world's most expensive sheep after being sold for almost £368,000 at an auction in Scotland. Updated 7:07 PM ET, Sat August 29, 2020 Double Diamond is a Texel sheep that just broke the world record for price sold. Sportsman Double Diamond, a six-month-old Texel breeding ram, fetched 350,000 guineas (£368,000) at an auction in Scotland, setting a UK record. A Texel lamb has set a new world record price after being sold at auction for almost 368,000 pounds ($666,042) in Scotland. The ram lamb called "Double Diamond" was the subject of an intense bidding war at the Scottish National Texel sale, with an opening bid of £10,500 ($14,000). Aiken, who breeds Texels at the farm he and his wife, Jen, run in Lancashire, was keen to stress such prices were rare. The world's most expensive sheep was bought as part of a three-way partnership between three farms, later being confirmed by the Texel Sheep society's website as setting a "new U.K. and world record price for a sheep". 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He had already agreed with another breeder to bid jointly for Double Diamond, but as the significance of the Scottish national Texel sale became clear in the leadup to the event, a third breeder joined in.