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Two shakes of a lamb's tail puts PS100k in bank; Consortium hope for woolly good profit after winning ram bidding war.

Byline: Moira Kerr

A SHEEP proved it was the best baa none when its wool coat sold for PS100,000 at the weekend.

The coat - modelled by its blackface ram lamb owner - sparked a bidding war that was won by a consortium of five farmers.

The sale was one of more than 1000 at Dalmally Auction Mart, near Oban.

John Murray, of Muirkirk, Ayrshire, placed the winning bid.

Explaining the attributes of their PS100,000 purchase, John said: "It's very modern, it's got a tremendous coat, tremendous muzzle, he has a good look about him.

"A lamb like that only comes along once in a while, you don't see them like that much.

"How do you know? We are professionals, we are brought up with it."

Pointing to hill farmer Billy Renwick, from Blackhouse, in the Borders, John said: "I bought one off Billy two years ago for PS90,000 and last year, I sold PS120,000 of lambs off that and kept the best one.

"Buying at that price looks crazy but I have made money - but I could have bought Billy's tup and it didn't produce, it's a gamble."

Quintin Dunlop, of W Dunlop and Sons, near Dunbar, reared the PS100,000 lamb. When asked if he was going to spend the cash on more sheep, he said: "Probably, yes."

He added: "I am very happy with the price, our previous best was PS68,000."


FARM PROFIT Quintin with his PS100,000 sheep

TUP MODEL Buyers flocked to bid on blackface ram. Picture: Moira Kerr

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 17, 2016
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