Hello FB family, bet that got the gossip gang reading!! Congratulations this week’s ‘Farmer Al’ bongo drum was the best ever, just to be 100% clear:
- For the idiots – I was not found in bed with Jason
- For the fools – shame on you
- For the haters – get a life and let other people live theirs
- For all people who have no idea what this is about let’s keep it that way!
Back to this week’s blog about what Farmer Al really did this week:
As Chairman of the Manx Grassland Society, I was lucky enough to spend 2 days touring some of the best Manx farms with Leo from Mayo Health Care, he was like an Irish Alec Quine!!
Seriously though, he complimented the Manx farmers for their passion which has created some of the best crops, silage and farms he has ever seen. I was proud to be a Manx farmer and show him around the island. Thanks to everyone for making the 2 days so enjoyable.
Dairy Grassland – Rob & David Cooil
Beef & Sheep – Alan Teare
Overall Grassland Mangement winner – Rob & David Cooil
Best Haylage – Ffin Creer
Best big bale silage – Duggan Family
Best forage crop – David Kermeen
Best reseeds – Duggan Family
Silage Analysis Competitions
Best big bale Analysis- Duggan Family & Kevin Coole
Best Clamp Analysis – Jack Garrett
Best Contractor Award – Kenny Coole Ltd
Best Newcomer – David Kermeen
Best wholecrop – J Corlett
Best Maize – Brian Brumby
Best silage Utilisation – Jack Garrett
Best kept pit – The Duggan family
Best Set Up – Ballavarry, Ballaseyr Stud ltd
1st Place Silage Competition- Neil and Vicky Masson
Runner up silage competition – Jack Garrett
Overall Silage Master – Juan Hargraves
I returned home to Ballakelly on Friday feeling proud of what we do on our family farm. More and more these days’ farmers are being attacked by people questioning is eating meat and drinking milk ethical.
On Monday it came to my attention that someone had created a new Facebook page, they have stolen pig photographs taken at Ballakelly. At first I was excited as I thought it was a page explaining how great the Manx farming was and why people should stop eating Danish bacon and eat Manx, but unfortunately it was another page of propaganda, cutting and pasting 10% truth and 90% rubbish, misleading people about farming practices in the Isle of Man. Farmers should be the alley not the enemy as we have the power to make a positive change.
Thanks to all the people who contacted us to alert us that someone had stolen our photographs, we are aware and our advice is do nothing, if you have liked the page unlike, if you have commented delete, there is no point in us trying to defend our corner if the rules are designed to make us fail.
If the people behind the page would like to meet up and discuss their views with an open mind then we would be happy to do so.
I am off for family time, if you would like any meat treats, click here for this weeks offers
I will leave you with the words of wisdom of Dad:
If you didn’t see it with your own eyes, or hear it with your own ears, don’t invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth