Ulster American Folk Park hosts Rare Breeds

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RIGHT: JR Blair with one of his family’s Belted Galloway cattle at the Rare Breeds’ event.

THIS bank holiday weekend the Ulster American Folk

Park, in Omagh, will welcome a host of trad-itional and rare breed farm animals for its eagerly anticipated Rare Breeds Show.

Running from Saturday, May 4, to Monday, May 6, the museum will be alive with bleats, grunts and lows as rare and minority breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry trot and waddle their way to the Ulster American Folk Park.

With support from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Sperrins and Lakelands Support Group, who will be on hand throughout the weekend to help families across Northern Ireland to answer those burning questions, visitors will come face-to-face with these rare breed animals and explore a range of live displays and demonstrations.

Liam Corry, Curator at the Ulster American Folk Park, promises the event will be a fun-filled and enjoyable day out for all the family.

“Our Rare Breeds Show is one of the most anticipated events in our calendar,” he said. “It can be easy to take for granted the variety of livestock we have here in Northern Ireland and the important roles they have played throughout Ulster’s agricultural and domestic history. These fantastic animals, in all of their breeds, tell an important story and their history is ours.”

Liam continued: “The event is a brilliant and educational day out for the entire family. Everyone can leave having learned or witnessed something new – something rare – in the wholly immersive and captivating surroundings of the Ulster American Folk Park.”

A selection of the rare breeds at the show include Dexter cattle, Kerry Hill sheep, Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs and many prize poultry breeds.

For other things to do with the family this bank holiday weekend, Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing is on display at the Ulster Museum until Monday, May 6, and Tim Peake’s Spacecraft is on display at the Ulster Transport Museum until Sunday, May 12.

For more information about the event and tickets, visit nmni.com/whats-on

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