Since its introduction in the early 1990s the hardy Texel breed has become popular here in Australia but a sale price of $380,000 for a ram lamb is still a show-stopping result in anyone’s language.
The $380,000 (200,000 UK guineas) price was recently achieved at the Scottish National Texel sale by a ram named Midlock Capaldi, bred by the Wight family of Biggar, South Lanarkashire.
Breeder Alan Wight told the British Texel Society the lamb had been a standout from two weeks old with exceptional flesh and character.
“You always knew he was one to watch and he had that extra something the best ones always have,” he said.
Sired by Knock Bantastic, he is an ET-bred lamb flushed from a 2018-born Mullan Amigo daughter and goes back to a Garngour dam purchased in 2016.
The winning bid for the ram came from a partnership of Charlie Boden, buying for the Sportsmans and Mellor Vale flocks and Hugh and Alan Blackwood of the Auldhouseburn flock.
Alan Blackwood said there was no doubt he was the top ram at the sale.
“He’s exceptionally correct, has style and character coupled with a great carcass. We’re delighted to have got him and knew from the minute we saw him he was the one to add the next level to the flock.”