Some exhibitors have removed their cattle from Balmoral Show after vets confirmed some pneumonia cases.
Organisers issued a statement this morning (Saturday, September 25th, 2021).
They cited “the extremely mild autumn weather” as the cause of some cattle developing mild respiratory conditions, including raised temperatures.
In a statement, the spokesperson said: “After consultation with vets, some exhibitors have decided to take their cattle home.”
“The show’s senior vet has confirmed there is no evidence of anything serious and no cause for concern.”
“The welfare of all animals at the show is always a top priority. This is in line with the show’s protocol.”
“The number of cattle forward for the Saturday classes is expected to be less, but we are grateful for the exhibitor’s support in enabling us to run a show this year,” the spokesperson concluded.
The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) launched the 152nd Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank.
As Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event, it promised to be four “fun-filled days out for all the family”.
It took place at Balmoral Park, Lisburn, from Wednesday, September 22nd to Saturday, September 25th, 2021.
Cormac McKervey, senior agriculture manager, Ulster Bank, added:
“The cancellation of the 2020 show reinforced for many just how big an event Balmoral is for the local farming sector, not only in terms of economic importance but also the social aspect of the show.”
BPS payment boost for NI farmers
Agriculture Minister, Edwin Poots, has added a further £15.5m to his department’s BPS (Basic Payment Scheme) budget.
He made the revelation at an address at Balmoral Show this week.
Minister Poots confirmed to industry stakeholders that his department would pay the extra cash next month.
“This means that each farm business will see the value of their payments increase by 6.29% or approximately £800.”
Furthermore, the boost comes on top of a permanent 4.3% uplift in BPS payments worth £8m, which he announced in 2020.