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Balmoral Show robotic milking exhibition to pull in the crowds

By Rebecca Black

Published 12/05/2015

People watch the show jumping with an old watch tower from the Maze Prison in the background.
People watch the show jumping with an old watch tower from the Maze Prison in the background.
Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Blackface Perty sheep being judged.
A woman prepares her cattle before showing in the ring.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Beef farmer and Ulster Rugby star Rory Best signs autographs in The Redmills stand.
Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn.
Rys Balckwell(5) with his twin brother Ryan from Ballyclare with Meanie Man.
Second day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park.
Jayne Price judging.
Pictured are Brian and Ryan Rainey from Limavady
Northern Ireland 15th May Second day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Eimear Conway(2) with her big sister Maria(4) from Maghera with an Old Masey Ferguson tractor.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Grace Reid(3) from Ballynahinch with her Burrenvale Charolais cattle.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Blackface Perty Type sheep being judged.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Alex Calhoun(10) with his Jacob Sheep of the Kingarrow flock Omagh
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Kelly O'Kane from Carnlough with her Blue Leicester Ewe.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Balmoral Show Open Wool Handling Championships.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Grace Reid(3) from Ballynahinch with her Burrenvale Charolais cattle.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage meeting Karen McKee and baby Lila (8 months) from Scarva along with with UKIP NI Henry Reilly at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. People queue to get into the show.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Alex Calhoun(10) with his Jacob Sheep of the Kingarrow flock Omagh
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Balmoral Show Open Wool Handling Championships.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Blackface Perty Type sheep being judged.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Kelly O'Kane from Carnlough with her Blue Leicester Ewe.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Alex Calhoun(10) with his Jacob Sheep of the Kingarrow flock Omagh
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Scott Ewing(5&left) with his cousin Emma Cromie(6) and twin brother James(5) with their freshly planted tomato plant.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Finn Campbell(10) with his sister Thalia(7) from Seafrode.
Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Ulster Bank Balmoral Show second day at the Maze site outside Lisburn. The annual agricultural show attracts local retailers as was as farmers showing raw breeds, horse jumping and big retailers. Eimear Conway(2) with her big sister Maria(4) from Maghera with an Old Masey Ferguson tractor.
15th May 2014 Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has visited the exhibition stand of Dungannon-headquartered company, Dunbia during a tour of the 2014 Balmoral Show. Dundia, a leading supplier of beef, lamb and pork products, recently announced a skills development programme which involves establishing a Butchery Academy as well as leadership and management training. Discussing how support from Invest Northern Ireland is helping Dunbia up-skill its 1,000 strong workforce across Dungannon, are Arlene Foster, Jack and Jim Dobbin.
NO FEE Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May Second day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured are Mr Patrick Murdock on Kate McCann in the private driving section. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
NO FEE Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May Second day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured are Chloe Irwin,Nichola Waters,Katie McNeill and Shannon Killen from Dungannon Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
NO FEE Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May Second day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Rydale Clothing International Spectacular . LLaura Robinson GBR riding Jonte Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
NO FEE Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May Second day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured are St Patricks college in Banbridge Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
NO FEE Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May Second day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Rydale Clothing International Spectacular . Cpt Brian Curran Cournane IRL riding Starboard Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
NO FEE Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May Second day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Young Event Horse Jumping Sponsored by Stonebridge Premium feeds. Rachel Thompson on Mr Guy Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
NO FEE Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May Second day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Rydale Clothing International Spectacular . Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage (centre) with Henry Reilly (left) and Cecil Beatty from Dungannon exhibiting his Pedigree Herefords at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured with the Ulster Bank Henri Hippo are St Mary School in Newtownbutler .
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Debbie Berrie (left) from Dundee and Kim Perry from Strabane enjoying the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured is Paul OConnell from Derry
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured with the Ulster Bank Henri Hippo are Liam and Dillon Conlon from Markethill.
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured with the Ulster Bank Henri Hippo are the Wilson and George family from Portadown .
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured with the Ulster Bank Henri Hippo are Lilly Callaghan from Coleraine .
Pacemaker Press 14/5/2014 Horses at the opening day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maze prison side near Lisburn with Tens of thousands of people due to attend the agricultural and food show over the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 14/5/2014 Crowds at the opening day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maze prison side near Lisburn with Tens of thousands of people due to attend the agricultural and food show over the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 14/5/2014 Horses at the opening day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maze prison side near Lisburn with Tens of thousands of people due to attend the agricultural and food show over the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 14/5/2014 Horses at the opening day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maze prison side near Lisburn with Tens of thousands of people due to attend the agricultural and food show over the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 14/5/2014 Sheep Shearing at the opening day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maze prison side near Lisburn with Tens of thousands of people due to attend the agricultural and food show over the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 14/5/2014 Sheep Shearing at the opening day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maze prison side near Lisburn with Tens of thousands of people due to attend the agricultural and food show over the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 14/5/2014 Annabel Manson aged 3 from Ballymena at the opening day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maze prison side near Lisburn with Tens of thousands of people due to attend the agricultural and food show over the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 14/5/2014 Horses at the opening day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maze prison side near Lisburn with Tens of thousands of people due to attend the agricultural and food show over the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Molly Robinson from Ballygowan a Results Steward at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Rchel McAlister from Randalstown exhibiting Limousin cattle at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured with the Ulster Bank Henri Hippo are Nikki and Kim Milligan from Fermanagh .
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured with the Ulster Bank Henri Hippo are Shannon Connor,Kate Lyness,Loren Strain and Avine Walsh from Newcastle
Members of the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team pictured at the Balmoral show. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press 14/5/2014 UKIP Leader Nigel Farage at the opening day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maze prison side near Lisburn with Tens of thousands of people due to attend the agricultural and food show over the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Charles Mark from Limavady Horse Ring Steward at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
James (9) and Oliver (6) Shaw from Saintfield looking a t Varta Tractors at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Caroline Nethery (left) and Leeann Sheerin From Omagh enjoying the colour of the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured are Michael,Eoin and Dillon McNamee from Crossmaglen. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Madison Clarke , aged 3, from Dungannon in the Loading Shovel of a 19 Tonne CAT 966K at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured are Edward Little on Galway bay Hammer. Pic Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye
First Minister Peter Robinson pictured with Lisburn Councillor Alan Ewart and Julian Stevenson from Sports Dock at the Balmoral Show. Pic William Cherry/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Ulster Bank Competition winners Alice and Louise Boden with Ulster Banks's Conor McNeill (Agri-Business Devlopment Manager) Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
HRH The Princess Royal today attended the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society venue at Balmoral Park, Maze, Lisburn. This is the second year the show has been held at the prestigious Balmoral Park which showcases a true centre of rural excellence for Northern Ireland. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrisons
HRH The Princess Royal today attended the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society venue at Balmoral Park, Maze, Lisburn. This is the second year the show has been held at the prestigious Balmoral Park which showcases a true centre of rural excellence for Northern Ireland. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrisons
HRH The Princess Royal today attended the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society venue at Balmoral Park, Maze, Lisburn. This is the second year the show has been held at the prestigious Balmoral Park which showcases a true centre of rural excellence for Northern Ireland. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrisons
HRH The Princess Royal today attended the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society venue at Balmoral Park, Maze, Lisburn. This is the second year the show has been held at the prestigious Balmoral Park which showcases a true centre of rural excellence for Northern Ireland. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrisons
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/PresseyE Alpacas at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye John McKerow from Scotland judging the Texel sheep at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Joy Johnston from Maghaberry with her display of Plastic Flowers at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye (L-R) John Bamber (RUAS Vice Patron), Colin McDonald Chief Executive) and William Robson (Deputy President RUAS) at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Pictured are Mr Maurice Wafer winner of the Colt foal class. First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pic Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pic Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye Pictured is Cyril Crommie from Ballynahinch showing his Zwartbles sheep.
Pictured are Mr Maurice Wafer winner of the Colt foal class. First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pic Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye
First day of the Balmoral Show: The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, visited the marquee of Balmoral Show principal sponsor, Ulster Bank. The Princess Royal is pictured with Ellvena Graham, Ulster Banks Head of Northern Ireland, and Ian Jordan, Director, Corporate Banking Division.
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured is John McKerrow judging the aged tram Texels Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured are Freddie Davidson with his Aberdeen Angus. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Early queues on the First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured is Bailey OCoonor from Seaforde Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured is Paul OConnell from Derry Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Princess Royal is welcomed to Balmoral Park by RUAS Chief Executive Colin McDonald during the first day of the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
First day of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park. Pictured are Mr Maurice Wafer winner of the Colt foal class. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Caroline Nethery (left) and Leeann Sheerin From Omagh enjoying the colour of the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Young Farmers expert grade competing in the Sheep Shearing competition at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Princess Royal talking to Sheep Farmer Robbie Mulligan from Banbridge during a visit to the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Princess Royal is welcolmed to Balmoral Park by RUAS Chief Executive Colin McDonald during the first day of the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Young Farmers expert grade competiting in the Sheep Shearing competition at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye First Minister Peter Robinson sharing a joke while waiting for the Princess Royal at the Balmoral Show at the Maze/Longkesh Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

It's dairy farming, but not as we know it. A live show of robotic milking is set to be one of the new attractions at the Balmoral Show later this week, with organisers claiming it will be the biggest yet.

Last year, tens of thousands of people converged on Balmoral Park at the site of the former Maze Prison outside Lisburn, and this year the event has increased in size by an estimated 10%.

Among some of the new features are the Sustainable Village, showcasing new products and ideas for energy efficiency and recycling, the SPAR Arena, which will include circus workshops and falconry, and Northern Ireland's first display of live robotic milking.

This agricultural spectacle is expected to draw a curious crowd as electronic firm Lely and Draynes Farm teams up with the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) to bring 40 cows to the show, which line up of their own accord to be milked by a Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system.

There will also be the regular attractions such as the Jason Smyth Stunt Show, the NI Food Pavilion, garden village, the rare breeds, Young Farmers' tug of war and plenty of animals from horses to cattle, sheep, pigs, birds and rabbits.

RUAS chief executive Colin McDonald said they were encouraged by the increase in activity last year and are determined to build further.

"The 2015 show will be bigger again, with more livestock competition, more stands and displays and most importantly, more to see, do and enjoy," he said.

Meanwhile, the Orange Order has announced it will return to the show this year after a five-year absence.

Grand Master Edward Stevenson said the Order was delighted to be returning to Balmoral.

"Our presence will promote our long-standing community outreach programme, as well as our impending transformational interpretative centres in Belfast and Loughgall, which are due to open this summer," he said.

The Balmoral Show will run at Balmoral Park, Lisburn, from tomorrow to Friday, opening times 9.30am-8.30pm.

Admission charges range from £2 to £18, with early-bird rates available on the RUAS website. Children under five are free when accompanied by an adult.

How to get there

Visitors are encouraged to use public transport to get to the Balmoral Show. A courtesy shuttle service will run from Lisburn Train Station to Balmoral Park from 8.30am to 9pm daily.

Parking at the show grounds at Balmoral Park will cost £5 per day for cars, and £10 per day for coaches. It is advised to leave plenty of time to travel to the show.

The show runs from tomorrow to Friday, open from 9.30am daily.

Belfast Telegraph

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