Guinness World (Sheep) Records

According to Wikipedia, “Guinness World Records, known from its inception in 1955 until 1998 as The Guinness Book of Records and in previous U.S. editions as The Guinness Book of World Records, is a reference book published annually, listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.” Some of those records involve sheep:

The highest price ever paid for a sheep is £231,000 ($369,000), paid by Jimmy Douglas for the eight-month-old Texel ram, Deveronvale Perfection, in Lanark, Scotland, in August of 2009.

World-record selling Texel ram, Deveronvale Perfection.
Deveronvale Perfection, a young Texel ram, sold for a record £231,000 ($369,000) in 2009.

The Guinness World Record-holding oldest sheep, Lucky, was a 23 year-old Polwarth-Dorchester ewe who died in Lake Bolac, in Victoria, Australia, in 2009. In 2006, the previous record holder, a Merino wether named George, died in Warren, New South Wales, Australia, at 21 years of age. Both were bottle-raised pet lambs.

World’s heaviest newborn lamb was born in Kansas in 1975 weighing 38 pounds. Two lambs weighing 28 pounds, both born in 1990, one in Yorkshire and the other in Lincolnshire, share the title of the United Kingdom’s heaviest newborn lambs.

The largest sheep ever, a Suffolk ram from Oregon named Stratford Whisper 23H, who weighed 545 pounds and stood 43 inches tall at the shoulder, entered in the records in May of 1991.

The highest ranking military sheep was Lance Corporal Derby XXX (UK), who was promoted to Lance Corporal at Dale Barracks, Chester, UK, on September 1, 2015. Lance Corporal Derby XXX was a member of the Mercian Regiment, and was promoted from rank of Private, by the Colonel of the regiment. After his untimely death, his successor, Private Derby XXXI, did not inherit his rank.

Note: Read about some other Private Derbys HERE.

The highest ranking military sheep, Swaledale ram Lance Corporal Derby XXX, says “Here’s lookin’ at you.”

The fastest time to shear a single mature sheep is a mere 37.90 seconds. The title holder is Irish sheep-shearer Ivan Scott, who achieved his title on April 4, 2010 at Castlepollard, County Westmeath, Ireland.

The most wool sheared from a sheep in a single shearing is 90 lb 9.76 oz from Chris, a sheep who spent several years in the wild before being sheared by national shearing champion, Ian Elkins, in Weston Creek, Australian Capital Territory, on September 3, 2015. His fleece was donated to the National Museum for preservation. Previously, the shaggiest sheep was Big Ben of New Zealand, from whom a comparatively light 63 lb 11 oz of wool was shorn in January of 2014.

Chris, formerly feral World Record holder for producing the most wool in a single clip, pre-shearing.

World’s largest statue of a sheep is a ram officially called The Big Merino but nicknamed Rambo. He measures 49 feet tall, 59 feet long, and 13 feet wide and towers over the freeway in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia. Opened to the public on September 20, 1985, he houses a gift shop and a wool exhibit.

The largest-ever sheep’s milk Pecorino cheese weighed 1178.8 lb. It was created by Comitato Promotore Fiera Castel Di Lama in Castel di Lama, Italy, and presented at the town’s 15th Farm Exhibition on May 29, 2009. It had a diameter of 5 ft 2 in and a height of 11.42 in. It was weighed after 9 months of ageing.

And finally, the largest collection of sheep-related items is composed of 1,365 items and belongs to Tyesha Elam in Houston, Texas. She began her collection when she helped establish the Alpha Lambda Omega Christian sorority, whose mascot is a lamb, at the University of Texas at Austin.






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