Balmoral Show: First pictures from the highlight of Ulster’s agricultural calendar

Emma McInnes  preparing  an Limousin Bull  for competition during the first day of the Balmoral Show.
Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Emma McInnes preparing an Limousin Bull for competition during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

The most important event in Northern Ireland’s agricultural calendar - the Balmoral Show - opened this morning.

Thousands of people from the farming and business sectors are expected to attend.

The three-day extravaganza of farming, food and family fun celebrates many aspects of agricultural life.

The event is run by the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) and dates back 148 years.

Eddie Mercer, aged 9, from Dromara preparing Ivaniskey Pedigree  for competition during the first day of the Balmoral Show.
Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Eddie Mercer, aged 9, from Dromara preparing Ivaniskey Pedigree for competition during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Lyndsey McAllister from Portadown with 'Nota' an Hereford calf  preparing for competition during the first day of the Balmoral Show.
Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Lyndsey McAllister from Portadown with 'Nota' an Hereford calf preparing for competition during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Judith Baxter from Newtownstewart preparing Irish Moyle cattle for competition during the first day of the Balmoral Show.
Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Judith Baxter from Newtownstewart preparing Irish Moyle cattle for competition during the first day of the Balmoral Show. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye