The lamb, named Double Diamond, was sold to farmers at the Scottish National Texel sale in Lanark. Double Diamond was sold by well-known breeder Charlie Boden. Texels, originally from the island of Texel in the Netherlands, are the most popular sheep for breeding in the UK because of the quality of the meat. The previous record was for over $307,000 in 2009 for a sheep named Deveronvale Perfection.
The average cost of a lamb in the UK is around $135 – but top quality rams used for breeding fetch much more. A furious bidding war ensued during which the price was raised by over $400,000. Eventually, the sheep was bought in a three-way partnership between three farms. They’ll all get to use Double Diamond for breeding purposes.