Ballakelly Farm 2019
What a year!!! Thanks Callum, for the photos to help us all remember.
The big question that the team have been discussing over the holidays: ‘Do we carry on with ‘Ballakelly’ in 2020’.
I will always farm in some form but do we continue to do it so we can all enjoy the journey together! If we do continue, then in what format? There are lots of cards on the table, January is our time to reflect on the last 3 years and decide the next path we shall follow.
Yesterday I was outside feeding the cows and I realised how lucky I was to be doing something I loved Read More
Sorry I have not been blogging for a few weeks, things on the farm were crazy busy in October.
The big event being the Hop Tu Naa Open Day, amazing day thanks everyone.
£100 was donated to both Crossroads Care & Autism in Mann from our cake sale
After showing everybody the farm, it was then time for our annual family holiday. Phone off – book out and relax!
The weather was rainy, so H Boss and I have seen all the PG films that the Odeon Cinema had to offer! We discovered that on the back of our tickets there was 50% off pasta and pizza in the Italian down at Read More
Thursday 10 October was World Mental Health Day, so I thought I would share my own mental day:
I was listening to Radio 2 in the tractor, they were discussing the signs of a burn out, in particular for men, for the first time since dad died I sat there and cried. Once I had my cry, I felt really strange, calmer, clearer even dare I say it happy.
I sat there for 2 minutes; relieved no one saw me! Then I started to think about what made me happy. When you look for positive things it is easy to see them. I text Rach told her I loved her, and asked Read More
Now this tractor warrants his own Blog!!!
Dusty may think he turned me green but Ballakelly will always be red at heart!
Please welcome ‘Billy’ the tractor to social media– International B250
Billy he has been part of the Ballakelly team for a lot longer than me!
As the name implies this was my Dad’s first tractor, so it is very special to me, but to tractor geeks it is special too!
This is the only tractor in my fleet which is increasing in value!
Cool facts about Billy
- DOB 22 June 1956 – you can see from the delivery note
- Machine serial number and the engine serial number are identical
- He was hand assembled in the Read More
This week blog is all about the harvest and why we need a good harvest under our belt. Go back to last summer when we had the never-ending dry spell of weather and blistering heat, a lot of farmers struggled with the harvest and crop yield was at an all time low. Fast forward to this summer and the conditions couldn’t be better! 2019 had a mixture of heat, rain and sunshine, all perfect for my barley!
This weekend we are combining the last of the barley ready to be used for fodder over the coming months. It’s always nice to get the fields cleared and get grain in the Read More
Rachel and Karol (Founder member from our first ever event) have had a great night at Kurries & Steaks tonight celebrating the 6th year of business. Congratulations Shri and the rest of the team!
Ballakelly and Kurries & Steaks quite often partner at events so we now like to refer to ourselves as “BallaKurries”. We have got an exciting announcement coming shortly regarding Dry Aged Steaks! We would also like to thank the following people that we supply that have supported us from the start:
- Manx Desserts
Please see below this weeks offers, don’t forget we offer free Island-Wide delivery on all orders over £10!!
This week’s blog is dedicated to the ‘Meat Heroes’, these are the people who continually support us both behind the scene and when we are in the public eye, without them the ‘Ballakelly Farm’ you guys have grown to know and love would not happen.
As usual I like to google a few things to help inspire me with my blog, this week I looked up the meaning of a few words:
A person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
A group of individuals who share a legal or genetic bond, but for many people, family means much more, and even the simple idea of genetic bonds can be more Read More
Sunday was the 8 week birthday for our two Puppies Peggy & Gem
Peggy left for her new home on Monday with Katie Cannon, we wish her all the best and look forward to following her progress as a sheep dog,
Gem is staying at Ballakelly, to hopefully be trained to be Tinky’s very own sheepdog. Her special purple whistle arrived last week and she is hoping to purchase a crook from the agricultural show on the 9th & 10th August, so watch this space as we follow their progress.
I will Read More