29 Aug 2009

'World's most expensive sheep' sold in Scotland

12:18 pm on 29 August 2009

A sheep has been sold at a livestock auction in Scotland for what is believed to be the highest price ever paid.

The six-month-old Texel ram sold for £231,000, breaking the previous world record price paid for a merino in Australia 20 years ago.

Scottish farmer Jimmy Douglas plans to use the sheep, named Deveronvale Perfection, as a stud ram, the BBC reports.

It says Britain's previous most expensive sheep, Tophill Joe, was bought for £128,000 six years ago. He died recently after fathering lambs worth more than £1m.