Northern Ireland

Thousands enjoy Balmoral Show first day

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Media captionOlivia Orr shares her knowledge of bees with Ciaran McCauley

Thousands of visitors have enjoyed the first day of Ireland's biggest agricultural and food show.

The Balmoral Show, located on the former Maze prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, runs until Saturday.

It was previously held in the King's Hall complex in Belfast but moved to its new home in 2013.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the four-day event, which in previous years lasted three days.

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Media captionBBC News NI sampled the atmosphere on the first day of the show.

With scores of livestock competitions and 600 trade stands, it is an opportunity for the industry to showcase itself.

Here are some snapshots of the day.

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Image caption Serena Murphy from Newry gives her Limousin a peck on the cheek
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Image caption Glorious weather for showjumping
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Image caption Hanna Alexander from Greyabbey preparing her Dexter cow at the Balmoral Beauty Salon
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Image caption Two happy goats enjoying the craic
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Image caption Aoife McConvey from Kircubbin has her sunnies at the ready
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Image caption A cow gets a last-minute shower
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Image caption The show runs from Wednesday until Saturday
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Image caption Final preparations underway for Ireland's biggest agricultural show

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