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Balmoral Show: The singing alpacas that even watch Coronation Street

By Rebecca Black

Published 14/05/2015

Balmoral Show - Kameron Hanna from Kilkeel holds a chick Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com
Balmoral Show - Kameron Hanna from Kilkeel holds a chick Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Hohn Elliott and Paul Fraine from Newtownsteawrt with a Soler Cow and Bull Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May 2015 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Gladiator the Saler Bull Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May 2015 Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Dermott Savage from Cullyhanna with his Limosin Bull Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May 2015 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Lynda Fleming from Potters Walls Jerseys Seaforde Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May 2015 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Ian McLean from Bushmills showing an Ayrshire cow Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May 2015 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Gladiator the Saler Bull Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 15th May 2015 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
. Balmoral Show Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com
Balmoral Show - Zara Kelly Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - David Armstrong Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - Kameron Hanna from Kilkeel holds a chick Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com
Balmoral Show - Kameron Hanna from Kilkeel holds a chick Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com
Balmoral Show - Ulster Bank volunteer Cora Ward with Kirsty Rodgers, Rhys Rodgers and Troy Rodgers Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - Caoimhe and Aoife McKillop Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - Frazer and Ista Mattran with their Mother Linda Mattran Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015 Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Alexandra Robinson on Callie LVS Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Alexandra Robinson on Callie LVS Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Vanessa McDonald on Vanessas Pride Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Alexandra Robinson on Callie LVS Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Alexandra Robinson on Callie LVS ?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2015 Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Alister Barr on Colt Forty Five
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Alister Barr on Colt Forty Five, Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Balmoral Show - The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Vanessa McDonald on Vanessas Pride Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Naomi Wilson riding Lucy Oliver Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Colleen Glasgow riding Turlough Cavalier Clover Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Colleen Glasgow riding Turlough Cavalier Clover Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Colleen Glasgow riding Turlough Cavalier Clover Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Colleen Glasgow riding Turlough Cavalier Clover Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Naomi Wilson riding Lucy Oliver Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Joe Harris riding Coppindell Concorde Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Lorraine McGuinness riding Russian Gold Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Keith Cullen riding Strattenstown Eliah Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Keith Cullen riding Strattenstown Eliah Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Lynda Fleming from Potters Walls Jerseys Seaforde Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Keith Cullen riding Strattenstown Eliah Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Day 3 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. The "Botanica" Amateur Championship. Lorraine McGuinness riding Russian Gold Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Holy Loughlin,Rebecca McCutcheon,Hanna Moore and Grace Irwin from Castlederg Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Rebecca McWhinney fon Ballylar Brandy in tne Conemara six years and over Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Connolly Red Mills International Spectacular. Lt David Power on Dollanstown Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Mali Hughes from Derry with Dad Desmond holding a carpet python Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Jeremy Aiken from Dromara with his Limousin bull Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Judge Jim Barber pictured as he judges the Limousin Bulls Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Nigel Walsh and Elvina Graham from Ulster bank pictured with Christian McManus sampling some of the products at the show from McComicks market place Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Commercial Beef Champion Gareth Corry Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Robert Simpson and Charlie neill from Corrys celebrate after taking first price in the commercial beef section. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Commercial Beef Champion Gareth Corry Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Nigel Walsh and Elvina Graham from Ulster bank pictured sampling some of the products at the show from McComicks market place Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Jeremy Aiken from Dromara with his Limousin bull Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Frank Reid with reserve Champion Irish Moyle Heffer Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Judge Jim Barber pictured as he judges the Limousin Bulls Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Judge Jim Barber pictured as he judges the Limousin Bulls Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Johnny Aiken from Dromara with his Limousin cow Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Robert McWilliams from Swatra with his Charlie Bull Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
14 May 2015 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Bell announces new Agri-Food Competence Centre: Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell has announced the establishment of a ??6.7million Northern Ireland Agri-Food Quest Competence Centre (AFQCC). Jonathan Bell made the announcement at Balmoral Show, where he is pictured with Prof. Chris Elliot, Queen??s University Belfast and Michael Bell, NIFDA.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 14th May 2015 - Day 2 of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park. Elvina Graham and Richard Donnan from Ulster bank pictured with Deputy First Minister Martin Maginness. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Sheep shearing competition during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Paul McCaighy dressed as 'Sean the Sheep' during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Entertainers at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Entertainers at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye William Nelson from Roslea Co Fermanagh showing his Simmental during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye First Minister Peter Robinson enjoying the good weather with an ice cream during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Donkeys's on show at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Hauyacaa Alpacas during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Cattle on show at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Sheep being judged at the show rings during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Cattle on show at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Sheep prepare for the sheep shearing during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Entertainers at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Secretary of State Theresa Villiers walking with Colin McDonald , Chief Executive RUAS during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the 2015 Balmoral Show, in partnership with Ulster Bank - The Secretary of State Theresa Villiers MP visited the stand of principal sponsor Ulster Bank at the Balmoral Show, where she met Ellvena Graham, Head of Ulster Bank Northern Ireland, as well as staff and customers.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Horses getting cleaned up at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Donkeys's on show at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Horses getting cleaned up at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Donkeys's on show at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-05-2015: Horses on show at The Annual Balmoral show on wednesday which is is expected to attract 90,000 people over three days , It is the 147th year of the show, the third since it moved to its new home at Balmoral Park at the Maze near Lisburn. Picture Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Sheep shearing competition during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Exhibitor Josh Wainwright and one of his cows are all ears during the final preparations for the Balmoral Show which starts today
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. People queue up as the show opens its doors.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. People queue up as the show opens its doors.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. People queue up as the show opens its doors.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. People queue up as the show opens its doors.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. People queue up as the show opens its doors.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the crowds queuing at the entrance to Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Louise and Tom Agnew from Dundalk with Daperhill Gaby a Limousim at the Cattle Hall during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Farmers parade their prized beef in the cattle judging.
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. Quotum ridden by Melanie Davidson
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. Mouse C ridden by Tara Dunne
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. CMS ridden by Conor McEneaney
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. Crucio SR ridden by Rebecca Patterson
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. Dyolita ridden by Shannon Mackenzie
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. The showjumping in the main arena gets an early start.
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. Quotum ridden by Melanie Davidson
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. The showjumping in the main arena gets an early start.
?Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com. Balmoral Show - The Dengie 6/7 Year Old Championship. Crucio SR ridden by Rebecca Patterson
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Prize giving at the horse judging.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Farmers prepare their cattle ahead of the judging.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Farmers prepare their cattle ahead of the judging.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Margaret McQuiston from Ballynahinch prepares Glamorous a Brigadoon Charolais at the Cattle Hall during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Margaret McQuiston from Ballynahinch prepares Glamorous a Brigadoon Charolais at the Cattle Hall during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Lucy (8) and Annabel (5) from Moy Dungannon dressed for first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Alfie Neo Keightley aged 2 from Portadown in a hugh shovel of a CAT Wheel Loader during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Jack Mcfadden, aged 3 from Banbridge help out with his fathers Hampshire Downs Sheep during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Michelle Dunniece from Mourne Alpacas, Dromara which uses the wool from Hauyacaa Alpacas during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Thelma Gorman from Armagh with Woodford Penny a Simmental at the Cattle Hall during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Christine Murphy from Dromara with Jaguar a Charolais at the Cattle Hall during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Colin McDonald , Chief Executive RUAS during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the crowds queuing at the entrance to Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Albert Connolly from Ballynahinch prepares his cattle before judging at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Albert Connolly from Ballynahinch prepares his cattle before judging at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park Albert Connolly from Ballynahinch prepares his cattle before judging at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2015 - Day one of the Balmoral Show (13th ?? 15th May, 2015), in partnership with Ulster Bank, at Balmoral Park General view of the cattle ring at Balmoral. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

They hum, they sing, they protect hens from foxes and they even watch Coronation Street - meet some of the most popular new animals on our farms.

A more common sight in the mountainous regions of South America, alpacas are capturing hearts across Northern Ireland, and are becoming a common sight in the foothills of the Mournes.

They are principally farmed for their thick wool, but breeder Michelle Dunniece says they are a helpful friend to farmers with hens.

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Dromara woman Michelle was a composer before getting involved with breeding alpacas.

She revealed she first developed an interest in the furry friends due to their music making.

"My day job is as a composer, and I first got interested in alpacas for their music," she said.

"They hum and sing a lot, especially at meal times and before bed.

"They talk to each other by humming, it is beautiful."

Michelle was so taken by the animals that she undertook the British Foundation Alpaca training and even got sheep to learn about husbandry.

"Then five years ago I took the plunge, and I searched for the best breeds I could find," she said. "Now I have around 82."

She said alpacas are about more than just wool.

"They can be used as flock guards for sheep," she said. "Their enemy in the wild in South America are wild dogs and coyotes so they are great for keeping the foxes away.

"They are not aggressive, they don't attack them, their very scent puts them off - foxes don't like their scent, so if an alpaca is around they will stay away.

"Alpacas are used a lot to protect hens too, put a couple of alpacas beside the hen house and you'll have no more problem with Mr Fox."

Michelle keeps the Huacaya breed and blends the wool herself to produce her own yarn, as well as selling it to spinners.

They said they were also "fabulously therapeutic".

"I would go down to them in the morning with a cup of coffee and they all come over and sit around me, eight of them all humming, it's beautiful," she said.

"They are the dog you don't have to walk and the cat that you don't have to put in at night.

"They have a beautiful temperament, it is a privilege to keep them.

"They don't challenge fences, they do all their business in one place so they are easy to clean up after and make a fantastic pet for children."

Michelle laughed that she even knows of a woman with alpacas who come into the kitchen in the evening when they hear the opening chords of Coronation Street.

"I'm not sure if they hum along to the theme tune, but you never know," she laughed.

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