Jeff Aiken, farm manager of the Procter’s flock, and who was one of the buyers, said: “In the pedigree breed you start looking at the smaller characteristics of the sheep – the hair, the colour, the shape of the head.”
Mr Aiken added: “We had to pay that amount of money to get the genetics.”
‘Obscene amount of money’
He stressed the high price did not alter the fact that many sheep farmers are facing economic uncertainty.
Mr Aiken said: “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.”
He added: “There is only a small percentage of farmers that can afford to pay this kind of money.”