World’s most expensive sheep sold at auction: “Obscene amount of money”


It may sound like a bad deal, but the farmers who just bought the world’s most expensive sheep do not intend to get fleeced on their investment.

The Texel ram lamb sold for the equivalent of about $490 thousand dollars at auction in Scotland this week, according to the Texel Sheep Society.

The animal, named Double Diamond, comes from a very respectable lineage in the sheep world. He was bred via artificial insemination using a champion ram valued at more than $86,000 and an ewe valued at more than $46,000.

Texel are a sought-after breed of sheep originally from the Netherlands. The lambs grow fast and the sheep are “ideal” for butchers, according to the society.

There was a bidding war for Double Diamond, which is unusual in the sheep world.

The previous record of more than $300 thousand was set in 2009, the BBC reported.

“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,” Jeff Aiken, one of the buyers, told BBC.

Aiken was part of a group of three farmers who banded together on their bid, according to the report. Their plan is to make the money back through breeding. “We had to pay that amount of money to get the genetics,” Aiken adds.