A bidding war drove prices up until an agreement was reached for the sheep to be shared between three farms.
“It’s like any other business – horse racing or the cattle trade,” Jeff Aiken, one of the winning bidders, told The Guardian. “Every now and then something special happens and yesterday a special Texel arrived. Everyone wanted a piece of it. ”
Texel sheep originate from the Netherlands and are a favorite with butchers, according to the Texel Sheep Society.
The previous record for a sheep was 230,000 pounds – over US $ 307,000 – for a sheep named Deveronvale Perfection in 2009.