Balmoral Show 2018 highlights and photos

Throughout the 2018 show season, we’ll be bringing you regional coverage of the UK’s best-loved agricultural and countryside shows.

These events showcase the best of British farming and food, while also serving as a great social occasion and an opportunity for consumers and the public at large to learn more about the agriculture industry.

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Balmoral Show

The brilliant Balmoral Show celebrated its 150th anniversary from 16-19 May at Balmoral Park, Lisburn, Northern Ireland. About 115,000 people attended the four-day spectacular.

Balmoral Show 2018 lamb being carried © Robert Smith

© Robert Smith

Visitors were treated to plenty of sunshine, with temperatures hitting highs of 19C on the final day.

Pig at Balmoral Show 2018 © Robert Smith

© Robert Smith

It was all too much for Monree Spot 3, who needed a power nap after winning the Saddleback class and claiming the interbreed reserve rosette for Diane Ruddock, Donaghcloney, County Armagh. 

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Dairy cow at Balmoral Show 2018 © Robert Smith

Dairy interbreed history was made when Ballytrain Bloom 30th became the first Dairy Shorthorn to win the championship.

Rory Best and Helen Davies at Balmoral Show 2018 © Robert Smith

© Robert Smith

Big names were out in force at this year’s show. Bainbridge farmer and Ulster and Ireland rugby hooker Rory Best made an appearance, pictured here with Helen Davies of Shearwell Data. 

Princess Anne and secretary of state for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley also came along.

Limousins being showed at Balmoral Show 2018 © Robert Smith

© Robert Smith

Trueman genetics were to the fore in the beef ring, with both the interbreed champion Limousin and commercial champion reserve coming from Trueman sires.

Balmoral Show 2018 steward in ring with mule © Robert Smith

© Robert Smith

With a bumper turnout of sheep entries this year, everyone wanted a look at the catalogue. 

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