A sheep has sold by a Laois man for a record €108,000 in Scotland.

The animal belonging to Dan Tynan, of Ardlea in Co Laois, was sold at the Northern Area Branch sale held at Stirling Agricultural Centre.

The Suffolk ram broke the breed record price of almost €90,000, which was set in 1998.

The lamb, yet to be named, was born in January by Cairness Liam out of a ewe by Cairness Goldust.

The new owner, Merfyr Evans of Llanrhaedr in Denbigh said he spotted the lamb during a day trip to Ireland a few weeks ago.

As soon as he saw it, Mr Evans said, he knew it was something special and would do some good for his flock.

His wife, Ms Sue Evans, said her husband’s purchase was a bit of a shock, but she understands it is an investment for the long term.

A top quality ram can sire over 1,000 lambs and earn over €1m.