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Sunday 25 January 2015

Balmoral Show: pictures, results and video

Elaine Hunter, Ballymoney, with her Polled Dorset sheep at Balmoral Show
Elaine Hunter, Ballymoney, with her Polled Dorset sheep at Balmoral Show
Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew and EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel take shelter during a shower of rain with UFU President Graham Furey at Balmoral Show
Sammy Wilson, proved to be dairy good when he tried his hand at milking Daisy the Dale Farm Cow at the Balmoral Show
Nadia Moore and Rebecca Wallace from Annalong with puppies in the childrens farm at the Balmoral show
Colin and Raymond Todd from Lisburn with his Blonde Junior Champion at the Balmoral show
A belgian Blue Bull gets a welcome shower after a hard day at the Balmoral show
Uncle Hugo entertains the crowds at the Balmoral show
Moycraig Young Farmers battle through the rain in the YFC Tog O War competition
Connor Colins, Ciara Cook, Martin Devine, Amy Hale and Susan McCord from St Kevins Falls Rd Belfast who won the global food network competition to grow their own food at the Balmoral show
Karren Wells from Markethill celebrates with her goat Molly after winning her class at the Balmoral show
Titan the ASDA robot entertains at the Balmoral show
Titan the ASDA robot entertains the people at the Balmoral Show
Shirley Anderson, from Ballymena, hands her entry for a prize draw to Anne Hagan on the Ulster Bank stand at Balmoral Show
Stephen MacAuley and William Edgar, from Downpatrick, give David George, Ulster Bank business development manager, a demonstration of how to get sheep ready for the show ring
Free rain macs proved popular with visitors to Balmoral Show after showers on Thursday afternoon
Cormac McKervey, Ulster Bank, discusses the agricultural economy with Farm Minister Michelle Gildernew during a visit to Balmoral Show on Thursday afternoon
Elaine Hunter, Ballymoney, with her Polled Dorset sheep
Fred Loughridge, Armoy, getting his sheep ready for showing at Balmoral Show
Kirsty Clarke and Caroline Woolsey, Ballygowan getting ready to show their Ballymartin Herefords at Ballymoral Show
Jonathan Farrell and Alan Kennedy enjoying a cup of tea before showing their cattle at Balmoral Show
Watching the Horses at the Balmoral Show
In the Cattle Market at the Balmoral Show
Clodagh McGovern has her Bull Ratorty Dollar in the perfect stance at the Balmoral Show
Freestyle Motorcycling at the Balmoral Show
Watching the Horses at the Balmoral Show
Taking a break at the Balmral Show
Bethany Boyd in with her fathers Ile De France flock at the Balmoral Show
Lara Ormedilla with her Horse Adamstown at the Balmoral Show
Kim Robinson and Nicola Greer Shelter from the rain at the Balmoral Show
Jamie McDowell and David Fitzgerald Caught on Camera at the Balmoral Show
Tony Sutcliffe on hand to provide medical assistance if needed
Vicky McClinchie (18) from Belcoo and Adam Fowler
An Owl at the Balmoral show.
Orla Coyle (17), Kathy McKinstrey (17), Elaine Crosier (17) and Kirsty Ridelle (16), all from Armagh.
Lynn Kelly with Morgan (5) and Madison (4) from Strabane
An entertainer on stilts entertains the children
Andrew King at the Balmoral show
John Stephenson (58), sheep farmer from County Durham, England and John Blaney (58) from Cushendun.
Yvonne Kilrane (15), Katie Tyrell (15), Valerie Donegan (15) and Niall Tiernan (14), all from Leitrim.
A child at the show eats ice cream in the warm sun
David Cunningham at the Balmoral show
John Charmichael with one of the eagles
Gwen Scott with her horse at the Balmoral show
Robert and Sylvia Steele, horse owners from Comber
Conor O Donaghue (28), charity worker from Limerick and Kevin O Leary (24) from Cork.
Noel Regan (65) from Roscommon with his wife Ann Regan (55) from Swansea and John Stewart (59) from Moneydig.
John Stewart (59) from Moneydig.
UUP European election candidate Jim Nicholson on his tractor
Belfast sculptor, Rachel Dickson working on the Dromona cheesy replicas of First and deputy First Ministers, Peter Robinson MP MLA and Martin McGuinness MP
Ruth Wilson, 24, who is competing in the Small Hunters Equestrian Event.
Children enjoy their day at the Balmoral Show
Geoff Holden Director of Exhibition Stand Design and Construction finishes putting together one of the stands
Laverne Bell, Renny McKeown and Johanna Hobes from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency finish putting up their display
Alison Connelly and Kenny Gracy with Forthill Ellen
Gary Hanna from Draperhill and Money Nabane Limousins brushes the cows
Eilidh Duncan with her horse "Flightpath"
The Balmoral Show first day. People view what it has to offer
Julie McConkey with Mishna
One of the judges at the Balmoral Show
People view what goes on at the balmoral show
Ayesha Akkari, Tiffinee Dickson, Alanna Dickson and Jennifer Sloan at the petting den
The horses which compete in equestrian competitions
Kathryn Moore (5) from Ballyclare 'Says Dromona Cheese' with her cheesiest smile at the Dale Farm stand at the Balmoral Show 2009
Hannah Mahood (4) from Donaghadee 'Says Dromona Cheese' with her cheesiest smile at the Dale Farm stand at the Balmoral Show 2009
Martin Rogan at The Balmoral Show
Arlene Foster (centre) with Sean Owens and Diana Porter, Ulster Pork and Bacon Forum
Arlene Foster (centre) with Clarke Miller, Miller Savory Foods and Clarke Black Chairman Food Promotion Northern Ireland.
Farmer showing off their prize sheep
The 2009 Balmoral Show at the King's Hall
A young farmer shows off his prize bull
2 year old Sam Geary finds himself a huge toilet to sit on at the NI Water stand
10 year old Fay Stockdale enjoying the Children's Farm
Young Lamas are a star attraction with the children
Art College student Jonny Shields puts the finishing touches to his First Minister, Peter Robinson, and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, made from cheese
"One heavy weight Champion meets another" Martin Rogan with prize winning bull Son Of Rocky
Finishing touches are put to a horse, on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show
Tea and sandwiches are served in the horse trials area
Competitors in the horse trials area on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show
A competitor gets ready to compete in an equestrian event
A farmer power washes a bull prior to showing
Farmers relax on day one of the annual Royal Ulster Agricultural Show
Commonwealth Champion Martin Rogan with St.Kevins pupils at the Balmoral Show
SDLP European Election candidate Alban Maginness MLA squares up to Belfast's Commonwealth heavyweight champion Martin Rogan at the Balmoral Show
One of the horses in the stables
One of the Black Alpine goats which are very rare
The horses which are brought down to be judged
People view what goes on at the balmoral show
A llama at the Balmoral Show

The sunglasses were folded away and umbrellas emerged as the skies clouded over for the second day of the Balmoral Show.







But the persistent downfalls forecast for yesterday held off, with just a few short bursts of rain in the afternoon, and the crowds continued to pour into the south Belfast site.

Among the visitors were EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel on her second visit to Northern Ireland, as well as Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Environment Minister Sammy Wilson and Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew who hosted the traditional Balmoral breakfast.

“We’ve had a lot of southern accents and a lot of Scottish accents in the grounds today,” Royal Ulster Agricultural Society chief executive Colin McDonald said.

Click here for Gary Grattan's video highlights of the Balmoral Show



“We’ve had the Deputy First Minister — the point about that is that he’s interested to see the broader nature of the traditional agriculture show, but with its overlay of the different activities that appeal to differing interests that come to the show.”

Part of the credit for speeding the queues through the gate went to the newly introduced Easyjet-style ticket system, Mr McDonald said.

“We had a huge number of online bookings and people printing their own tickets and getting scanned on their way in, which was quicker,” he said.

“The noticeable thing this year has been the number of children at the show. I am pleased at how successful the primary school vegetable growing competition has been.

“The children were interested in seeing what the other children were doing as much as what we are doing. It looks like the number of schools joining the competition running next year will increase.

“It has a cross-curriculum approach which covers everything from biology to marketing.

Some of the children were even selling produce to shops in their local town and used the money to buy their seeds for next year.”

The competition, organized by the Global Food Network, was won by St Kevin’s PS in Belfast.

Weightier matters were on the table at the traditional Balmoral breakfast, where farming stakeholders were addressed by Commissioner Fischer Boel and Ms Gildernew.

The commissioner updated farmers on the situation regarding Less Favoured Areas, the Common Agricultural Policy after 2013 and the trials of the dairy industry.

She said she was following the dairy market very closely but warned that farmers must move away from relying on volatile commodity markets and move into added-value products.

The commissioner said her staff would be looking into whether the disparity between farm gate prices and retail prices in the dairy and pigmeat sectors merits further investigation.

“I have been a bit surprised to see farm gate prices are not always reflected in the prices on supermarket shelves,” she said.

Mrs Fischer Boel said she may consider asking competition authorities in affected member states to look into where the money is going.

“I don’t know if its processing interests, traders or supermarket that take their share of the profit,” she said.

“The money must be somewhere. I don’t know where but I want to know.”

Welcoming the news, the Ulster Farmers’ Union said the price of milk had fallen sharply but hadn’t fallen at the retail end.

“For us, the price we’re getting is X, the retailers are getting Y from consumers and where is all the money going between X and Y?” UFU deputy president John Thompson said.

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