31 Prime cattle comprising 5 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 25 Cast Cattle
2,638 Prime & Cast Sheep - comprising: 37 Spring Lambs, 2285 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs, 301 Cast Ewes and 15 Cast Rams.
591 Breeding Sheep
61 Rearing Calves
11 Loads of produce
Thomas Boothman again dominates Skipton ewes with lambs opener
Linton’s Thomas Boothman was again the standout performer at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening early Spring show of ewes with lambs at foot, landing the championship for the second year in succession, also adding the reserve championship to his tally this year. (Mon, March 30)
Mr Boothman, of Linton Hall Farm, secured principal honours with two pens from his annual consignment of 72 outfits of Texel and Continental-cross ewes and shearlings, all with twin Beltex lambs.
Robert Towers, of Camp House Farm, Farleton, Lancaster, maintained his dominance of the annual Easter prime lamb show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart when again notching a championship and reserve championship double - and scooping every single prize in the Continental show classes. (Mon, March 30)
It was his third successive title win at the seasonal showcase, which again attracted a packed ringside, among them independent retail butcher and wholesale buyers seeking to source top-quality local lamb for Easter tables.
Rearing Calves to £420 (61)
B&W av £72.36 Cont av £358.50 Native av £167.9
Breeding Sheep (591 Head)
There were 216 Sheep with 375 lambs at foot forward for today’s weekly sale. Young sheep with strong lambs were again keenly bid for, £230 to £250 not an uncommon price. The top price on the day was £265 per outfit, achieved on three different occasions, twice by Thomas Boothman, Linton who sold a run of 72 Texel Shearlings and Young Ewes with twin Beltex, and Andrew Bailey, Eldroth sold Mule Shearlings with twins to the same amount. Older sheep with strong lambs were again good to sell, whilst those with younger lambs were a much better trade than last week.