The Spring Show at the RDS in Dublin is one of the biggest events in the agricultural calendar.

Among the 26,500 visitors at the Spring Show were the Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave along with his wife Vera and daughter Mary. They were joined for lunch by President Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh.

Also in attendance were the Minister for Agriculture Mark Clinton and Fianna Fáil leader Jack Lynch.

The seven hundred and sixty three exhibits on show included a display of Irish meat, livestock and acres of farm equipment. While mechanical aids to modern farming come at a price,

The Spring Show offers farmers a unique chance to see rival firms selling their wares literally side by side as every farmer knows there's no better way to make a deal.

Meanwhile in the livestock judging rings the competitions may be a bit of fun, but they also play an important role in improving the nation's herds. There is a chance too for the layman to get a few pointers.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 May 1976. The reporter is Derek Davis.