An extraordinary new UK record was set at a sheep sale yesterday.

Texel tup Sportsmans Double Diamond sold at Lanark on Thursday, August 27 for 350,000gns (£367,500).

The tup was part of the Cheshire-based Sportsmans flock of Charlie Boden and his family.

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Sired by last year’s Lanark champion, Garngour Craftsman, this lamb was the subject of much pre-sale speculation.

He is out of a dam by Plasucha Big Gun and sold with an index in the top 1 per cent of the breed.

The tup was bought in a three-way partnership between Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Maybole, Procters Farm, Procters, Lancashire and Messrs Teward, New View, Darlington.