Due to popular demand the Blog is back!!
Apologise for the silence, after lambing I had a 6 week sabbatical from social media to gather my thoughts. Only took a day but then I thought I would have a few reading weeks to catch up on my classic tractor and farmers weekly and make the most of the time out 😉
I realised last week that I had switched off from the outside world and was worried I had lost my writing Mo Jo, so I turned to Tinky for inspiration!! I asked her for 5 things we need to work on to improve Ballakelly Farm!
Hmmmm Ballakelly Farm Read More
Hey there hope you are all well,
Lambing 2019 is drawing to a close. I have really enjoyed it this year. Last night when I was sat having my brew at 3am my blog topic became obvious……
Before I share my thoughts I will give a 🆘 ‘save our sow’ update as it has been the most FAQ.
The best part about this update is that I no longer feel sick in my stomach at the thought of incinerating the mummy pigs but a huge warm glow that social media has worked we have all pull together as a team and given the mummy pigs some value 🥰
So all positive:
Helping Read More
Hey there Ballakelly family!!
What a week on the farm!! The maternity ward is filling up fast, just today we have had 3 calves and 10 lambs. ICU has one little guy so Alice has him in by the fire.
So this week’s blog will be short and sweet just like me!
I wanted to give you all an update on the mummy pig situation, I am over the sty to write that the campaign has really gained trotters!
- DDD – are taking 200kg of Manx sow trim and shipping it off island on Fri to turn into hotdogs
- The community farm are going to adopt a Mummy pig, this has been exciting as Read More
Hello Ballakelly family, sorry I have been blogless for a few weeks but things have been busy UP NORTH!
I have been sat on the pig sty these last few weeks as to whether to do this topic in my blog.
Events this week forced me to come to you to try and create our own Ballakelly market for the Manx Mummy Pig,. It is a simple model – buy some sausages that contain MANX sow meat.
Before we go any further I will clarify the farm language: Mummy Pig is called a sow, when a sow has come to the end of her economic breeding life she is called a cull sow.
Hi all, Farmer Al back this week, I’ve given Porkchop the week off writing the blog!
If you’ve been up the farm lately buying some of my delicious meat or just popping round for a cuppa, you will have seen we have a new butcher! “Butcher Tom” joined us here at Ballakelly a little while ago and has made a huge impact!
Next weekend, Tom celebrates 10 years of butchery. In them 10 years he has butchered on a retail and wholesale level, and there’s not much he can’t turn his hand to! For those that have been up and met him, you will know his knowledge and understanding is second Read More
Hi there! I’m Porkchop, one of the Ballakelly meat heroes. Farmer Al is busy this week getting sheds ready for lambing so I’ve been asked to do the blog.
We all sat down on Thursday afternoon for a cup of tea and a bite to eat and to have a flick through the newspaper to see if there was any skeet or scandal going on. One thing that did jump out at us was that there was an advert promoting veg*nism, which got us thinking….
There has been a lot of bad press surrounding veg*ns & vegetarians lately. Whether you’re veg*n, vegetarian or a Read More
This is my last blog of 2018! What a year, we have had loads of highs, a few big lows but best of all we have created memories.
To help me write this blog I took a look back over the social media for the year. Below are some of my favourite moments of 2018.
11th I married Rach. I am not going to get all soppy as it is not my style, but she is my sole mate and without Read More
This week’s blog is short and sweet – just like me!
I am busy clearing out the Attic at Ballakelly, it has been a storage place for my family’s ‘things’ for over 100 years, and Rachels for 10!
The attic at Ballakelly has become the place for all family members to leave all the things they don’t know what to do with but can’t bring themselves to throw away.
Dad loved to keep things just in case you needed one, eg plugs there is a whole case full of plugs chopped off appliances, funny thing was when he needed a plug he still went to town! I wont list all the things Read More
Fed up does not come close to how I feel this week, as Tinky would say: in true farm yard language:
BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP
This week I feel numb by the way a ‘local’ business, I have tried to support since I left school over 20 years ago, kicks me in the nuts again. I have long given up being shocked, but it still hurts. In a recent meeting they told me that it wasn’t personal, but it is! This is my lively hood, this is what keeps a roof over my family’s head, when they mess up it costs me money, not them.
Originally, I had planned a feel-good festive Read More
The most stressful part of the family holiday is getting off the farm. Rachel is great at packing, so I let her sort that, my job is to get the car loaded!
Once I drive to the end of the lane and turn right the holiday begins.
I have become very good at letting go of the farm and focusing on the holiday ahead. My leaving words to the meat heroes who are in charge of the farm: are I can’t think of a situation that you need to contact me for so I will see you when I get back!
I didn’t have holidays until I met Rach, the old school Read More