A Texel ram lamb has set a new UK record for a sheep after selling for 350,000gns.
Sportsman Double Diamond, the “most talked about lamb of the year” set the trade “alight”, according to the British Texel Sheep Society.
The 65,000gns Garngour Craftsman son, who is an embryo-bred lamb from a ewe lamb flushed last year, went under the hammer at Lanark on Thursday (August 27th) and was sold by Charlie Boden.
The subject of much pre-sale speculation and a “crowd puller” from the moment he set foot in the market, Double Diamond carries an index in the top 1% of the breed and was met with an opening bid of 10,000gns.
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, Maybole, Procters Farm, Procters, Lancashire and Messrs Teward, New View, Darlington.
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