Texel cross ewes with lambs at foot were the pick of the trade at Skipton Market's opening show and sale of ewes with lambs at foot earlier this week, with regular vendor Thomas Boothman, of Linton Hall Farm, Linton, yet again proving the standout performer when landing a clean sweep of the prizes in the two show classes.
It was the fourth year in succession that the Yorkshire Dales sheep farmer had dominated the early season highlight with his annual consignment of home-bred Texel-cross shearlings and 2 shear ewes with lambs at foot. Mr Boothman clinched both red rosettes with pens of shearlings – the fives show class and overall champions all with twin lambs at foot, the second show class with a brace of shearlings with single lambs.
His 2017 104-strong consignment again created keen interest at the ringside when selling to the day’s top of £240 for shearlings with twins, along with a further four pens at £230 per outfit, with the same price achieved by two pens of correct two shear ewes with twin lambs.
Mr Boothman’s Texel-cross shearlings with single lambs sold to a high of £170 twice, as did his correct two shear ewes with singles.