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The world’s most expensive sheep is more expensive than a Ferrari

أغلى خروف في العالم يفوق ثمن سيارة فيراري

It’s pricier than a Ferrari, a Rolex and a single-family home combined.

A 6-month-old Texel lamb has just sold for a record-setting 350,000 Scottish guineas. That’s about £367,500, or $489,000.

The young ram, clunkily named Double Diamond, was reared at a wool farm in Cheshire, United Kingdom, by breeder Charlie Boden and his family. The Texel breed, however, is native to the eponymous Dutch island, a region known for producing lean lamb meat and ultra-soft wool for hosiery yarn.

The staggering price tag was a result of Double Diamond’s superior genetic status, with the help of good timing. It’s currently mating season. His proud new owners are a consortium of breeders — Auldhouseburn, Procters and New View — who plan to use him to breed with other prized female lambs.

“This will, to many people, sound like an extraordinary price for a sheep,” John Yates, chief executive of the Texel Sheep Society, said of the staggering bid.

The Texel breed, he explained, is “the very top of the sheep breeding industry” in the UK, making up about 30 percent of all lambs born in the wool-producing country every year.

His sale price, reportedly worth more than the farmhouse in which he lives, smashed the previous record set at the same auction in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 2009, when a champion ram named Garngour Craftsman went for 220,000 guineas (the UK farm industry still deals in the regional currency, though the Scottish economy is based on British pounds). The average cost of a lamb in the UK is about 105 guineas, or $133, according to current exchange rates.

“This ram lamb has the potential to sire many, many rams which will, in turn, go on to breed many thousands of lambs themselves,” said Yates.

“Obviously it was split between the three of us,” Procters’ farm manager Jeff Aiken told the BBC. “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.”

“There’s only a small percentage of farmers that can afford to pay this kind of money, and in that percentage even a lot of those guys do have other businesses behind them,” he said.

Aiken also described the assets that made this particular lamb so appealing: its “gigot,” or “his backside, his bum,” the farmer explained.

Source: nypost

العرب- وكالات:

باعت صالة مزادات للحيوانات في اسكتلندا خروفا من سلالة نادرة تنحدر من جزيرة تيكسل، وهى إحدى الجزر الشمالية الغربية قبالة هولندا بمبلغ يفوق 367 ألف جنيه إسترليني ما يجعله “أغلى خروف بالعالم”.

وبيع الخروف بيع الخميس الفائت بمبلغ 367 ألفا و500 جنيه إسترليني، وذلك في مزاد بمدينة لانارك وسط اسكتلندا.. حسبما ذكرت شبكة “سكاي نيوز” البريطانية.

وكان أعلى سعر قد بيع فيه خروف من السلالة ذاتها هو 231 ألف جنيه إسترليني، وحدث ذلك في عام 2009.

واشترى الخروف الأغلى على وجه البسيطة ثلاثة مزارعين اسكتلنديين، وفق تقارير صحفية محلية.

وبدأت المزاودة على الخروف بمبلغ 10 آلاف جنيه إسترليني وقال أحد المشترين، ويدعى جيف أيكن، إن “الكثير من مربي الماشية كانوا يراقبون الخروف، لأنه حيوان مميز”.

وأضاف: “كنت على يقين أنه سيباع بمبلغ كبير، لكنني لم أكن أتوقع أن يصل سعره إلى أكثر من 367 ألف جنيه إسترليني. إنه حيوان رائع. إنه حمل ضخم ذو شخصية رائعة، وعلى الأرجح أنه نسله سيكون رائعا”.

وأوضح أيكن أن ما جعل الخروف يستحق هذا الثمن “رأسه ولون شعره واللون حول عينيه وساقيه”، مضيفا أنه “كان مثاليا بكل المقاييس”.

المصدر: alarab

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