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Bull sold in Carlisle makes world record price

A Limousin bull being sold in Carlisle for a well-record price Credit: Robert Smith Photography and Video

A bull has sold for a world record price at Borderway auction mart in Carlisle.

It went for 140 thousand guineas, the highest price ever paid for a Limousin breed.

It's also a record for any breed in Europe. The animal, sold by a Northern Irish breeder, was bought by a consortium of businessmen.

See footage of the bull below.


Row over Lyth Valley draining plans

The Lyth Valley. Credit: ITV Border

A row has broken out between farmers and conservationists over flood defences in the Lyth Valley in South Cumbria.

The Environment Agency is due to switch off four pumps, which keep the land drained, and farmers and landowners are keen to find a way to run the system themselves.

But conservationists argue that continual drainage will lead to more wildlife being lost.

Kelso 'best known ram sale in the world'

The ram sale is a huge event in the Borders. Credit: ITV Border

The Kelso Ram Sale is considered by many to be the biggest, and best known, one-day event of its kind in the world:

I think without boasting it's probably the best known ram sale in the world.

We've 16 rings selling simultaneously it's unique."

– Ronald Wilson, Border Union Agricultural Society


Things you didn't know about Kelso ram sale

It's considered the biggest single day ram sale in the world. Credit: ITV Border

The annual Kelso ram sale takes place today, and here are a few facts you might not have known about the event:

  • The first Ram Sale was held in the Knowes in Kelso, way back in 1836
  • It's tradition for the bell to be rung at 10am exactly by the Secretary of the Society, to begin selling
  • A 'Tup Taxi' helps buyers transport their new rams from the pens to their vehicle
  • It's considered the biggest single day ram sale in the world
  • In 1993 more than £2 million was made in sales
  • In the last few years rams have been exported to three EU countries, Holland, Germany and Ireland
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