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Ballymena Show 2017

Ballymena Show 2017

Friday 26th May and Saturday 27th May

9am–5pm (main show on Saturday)

Ballymena Showgrounds

The annual agricultural event showcases all things country including a range of animals, trade stands and family entertainment.

Contact Show Secretary on T: 028 2565 2666 or M: 07718 478413.

Killyless Stores proud sponsors of the Ballymena Show

The Ballymena Show 2014 took place on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st May 2014 and Killyless Stores are proud to be sponsors.

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Photo via the Ballymena Show Facebook Page.

Ballymena show was famously known in the past as ‘The Cattle Show’ but has a lot more to offer than the humble cow as it has a wide variety of trade stands, from agricultural machinery, to animal feed, bags, cars, clothing, gardening implements, hardware, information, jewellery, kitchenware, meats, plants, quads, tools, toys and lots more. The Ballymena Show also has a variety of competitions for home industries which ranges from needlepoint to jam making.

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Photo via the Ballymena Show Facebook Page.

We are excited to see farmers, members of the Young Farmers Club and others join together for a weekend of great competition, fun and banter. So plan to attend the Ballymena Show this year, Killyless Stores are looking forward to a great weekend for all.

Ballymena Show 2014

Rare breed – A Farming Year – Northern Ireland

At Killyless Stores Ballymena we know that farmers everywhere have been tuning into “Rare Breed – A Farming Year” which has been on UTV over the past few weeks. The unique 12-part series following the working lives of farming families over the course of a year, offering an insight into one of Northern Ireland’s largest and oldest industries. The episodes have covered everything from calving, lambing, sowing grass, preparing drainage and those terrible spring blizzards from 2013.
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If you have missed the episodes so far then you can catch up online with the UTV Player. Click here to watch the latest episodes of “Rare Breed – A Farming Year” and keep up to date with our favourite Northern Ireland farmers.

Farmwatch – Woodside Road Broughshane

Woodside Road Farmers Market will host the launch of a new scheme to help prevent agricultural crime. The Farm Watch scheme is being run in association with the Ballymena Policing and Community Safety Partnership and will crime prevention feature advice and product demonstrations from the PSNI.

Last year Farming Life reported that ‘Agri-Crime’ had fallen in Northern Ireland by around 20% in 2012. However rural crime still cost farmers in Northern Ireland approximately £3.4 million last year.

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A prize draw will be held where folks will have the chance to win two TRACKER devices. The Farm Watch will be held on Friday 31st January at the Farmers Mart, Woodside Road.

All members of the farming community are welcome to attend and participate in the prize draw

The Farm Fixer – BBC Northern Ireland

At Killyless Stores we have been enjoying Northern Ireland based programme “The Farm Fixer”. It is currently showing on BBC1 each Monday at 7.30.

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Nick Hewer has been giving advice to Northern Irish farmers who have been struggling and have taken steps to diversify and develop new business. We loved watching the first series and are glad to see him return to farmers and see how things turned out.

The current series features the future of the Castlewellan Agricultural Show, a pet crematorium, rare breed cows, a smallholder who dreams of running a knitwear business and more.

If you haven’t seen it then you can watch all the latest series on the BBC i-player. Watch how the local farmers got on, see what you think of Nick’s advice and you might even be inspired to diversify you farm too. Here at Killyless Stores we think it is great to see the Farm Fixer help so many local Northern Ireland farms.