From competitive sheep shearing to top class pedigree cattle competitions there was something for everyone as the Tullamore Show got underway.
Up to 60,000 people made their way to the 250ac Co Offaly showgrounds, with the entrants in the AIB National Livestock Show first through the gates at cockcrow.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said the show was a chance for farmers to discuss the issues of the day from the fall in milk prices to the new grant schemes under TAMS II.
"It is one of the must attend shows of the summer," he said.
Christy Maye, PRO of the Tullamore Show, said it cost €1m and took 500 dedicated voluntary workers to run the biggest one day agricultural event of the year.
"It is unbelievable to get that amount of voluntary workers. It takes us 12-months to organise," he said.
The fashion and cooking demonstrations attracted large crowds, while the showrings in the livestock competitions were thronged.