A lamb called ‘Double Diamond’ has become the world’s most expensive sheep after being sold for nearly INR 3.5 crores at an auction in Scotland. By Amitha Ameen
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Seem’s like we have come a long way from when Mary had a little lamb, as a Texel lamb called Double Diamond has become the world’s most expensive sheep after being sold for a whopping INR 3.5 crores at the Scottish National Texel Sale in Lanark, Scotland.
The bidding for this in-demand sheep began at INR 102,3097.22 and quickly rose after fierce competition between different bidders began. The final bid priced at INR 3.5 crore was made by three bidders in a partnership, thereby setting a record price for the sheep.
The celebrity sheep, who is currently six-months-old, is from Texel in the Netherlands and this particular meat is known for its high quality of wool and lean meat. But it is not just the perfect gold coat and exterior virtues that fetched this price for the goat. Double Diamond was fathered by 2019’s champion Garngour Craftsman, and the sheep is also special because it is an embryo-bred lamb.
The sheep have been bought by the three breeders with the intention of using the lamb to breed other lambs. One of the buyers and flock manager at Procters Farm, Jeff Aiken, said, “He’s just an outstanding animal. He’s a massive lamb with great confirmation and character, some of which is what breeding is all about” (as reported on Sky News).
The previous record for the highest-paid sheep was held by another Texel called Deveronvale Perfection, which sold for INR 225,19,673 in 2019. Texel sheep come from one of the namesake islands in the northwestern part of the Netherlands and have become the star breed of the British sheep industry.