The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s Balmoral Show is going ahead in September this year with next year’s event planned to return to its normal date in May.
This year’s show is scheduled to run from Wednesday, September 22, to Saturday, September 25.
Entry schedules for this September’s show are now available with a closing date for poultry exhibits of Wednesday, July 28.
I, for one, am really looking forward to getting to the first agricultural show since 2019.
The organisers are taking all precautions for the safety of spectators and exhibitors alike.
The poultry section in the show caters for all varieties of domestic waterfowl and poultry, including an egg section.
Having exhibited at this event since the 1970s, it will be great to meet up with friends in the poultry hobby.
With it being in September I’m hoping for an early moult so that the birds are in great feather for this event.
How do you enter your birds?
Entries can be made online, which is the option that I do, or by requesting a show schedule and entry form by contacting Balmoral Show on 028 90 665225, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries cannot be delivered into the show office, but will be accepted via post.
If you are considering entering birds at the Balmoral Show you must remember that all poultry keepers have to have a flock number from the Department of Agriculture. This can be obtained online on the DAERA site.
Poultry entered at the Balmoral Show arrive on the Tuesday before the show, between 2pm and 7pm.
The birds are judged on the Wednesday and go home after 5pm on the Friday.
While at the show the birds are looked after by the poultry section stewards, who ensure that they are well fed and watered.
The Balmoral Show is the largest agricultural event in Northern Ireland and a wonderful way to showcase your different fowl breeds – which, in turn, helps to save our heritage poultry.
It is a superb event for the whole family and if you are attending this show why not have a go at exhibiting your poultry.
I hope to see you all there.