Ballyross Farm

Ballyross Farm We are a small hill farm in the Wicklow mountains in Ireland. We keep Cheviot sheep and Dexter cows.

Operating as usual

Clearing boulders from one of our fields.There’s a section on our farm, just below the barn, that’s nothing but rock, ro...
30/10/2021

Clearing boulders from one of our fields.

There’s a section on our farm, just below the barn, that’s nothing but rock, rock, and more rock. Some of them are pretty big like to one in this photo. This one here is easily 30 metric tonnes (66,000lbs). To put scale on it the digger bucket is 1.2m or 4’ wide.

I’m rolling this one down the hill (very carefully!) to make a bit more room for growing grass and grazing.

#wicklowmountains #hillfarming #granite #excavator

Clearing boulders from one of our fields.

There’s a section on our farm, just below the barn, that’s nothing but rock, rock, and more rock. Some of them are pretty big like to one in this photo. This one here is easily 30 metric tonnes (66,000lbs). To put scale on it the digger bucket is 1.2m or 4’ wide.

I’m rolling this one down the hill (very carefully!) to make a bit more room for growing grass and grazing.

#wicklowmountains #hillfarming #granite #excavator

An absolutely glorious autumn day!#wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #i...
27/10/2021

An absolutely glorious autumn day!

#wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer
#tbonesteak #steak #beef #sirloinsteak #meatlover #dextercattle #irishbeef #grassfedbeef

An absolutely glorious autumn day!

#wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer
#tbonesteak #steak #beef #sirloinsteak #meatlover #dextercattle #irishbeef #grassfedbeef

Bringing the sheep home off the mountain.Summer is over and it’s time for the ladies (ewes) to come down to the farm and...
11/10/2021

Bringing the sheep home off the mountain.

Summer is over and it’s time for the ladies (ewes) to come down to the farm and meet up with our ram Vasco. It’s beautiful up there. Today it was sunny and warm, but in two to three weeks time it could be snowy. The weather up there can be really unpredictable so this year we decided not to wait too long. It was a good day for it and we were al glad to get home.

#sheep #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer
#springlamb #lamb #meatlover #biodiversity #npwsireland #powerscourt #sustainability

We called in to visit a neighbour.  He offered us a cup of tea and a seat, but one of the seats was already taken by “Di...
28/09/2021

We called in to visit a neighbour. He offered us a cup of tea and a seat, but one of the seats was already taken by “Dicky” his rooster.

We called in to visit a neighbour. He offered us a cup of tea and a seat, but one of the seats was already taken by “Dicky” his rooster.

Munching on the sweet aftergrass!We cut hay on one of the fields a few weeks ago.  With a bit of rain the sweet, lush ‘a...
27/07/2021

Munching on the sweet aftergrass!

We cut hay on one of the fields a few weeks ago. With a bit of rain the sweet, lush ‘aftergrass’ has grown in. We took some of the sheep not up on the mountain and put them in here to enjoy that great grass. Better our sheep get it than the neighbour hood deer!

#sheep #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer
#springlamb #lamb #meatlover #biodiversity #npwsireland #powerscourt #sustainability #farm

Checking the sheep up on Mt Kippure.We’re the last family in the valley to graze Powerscourt Mountain (Mt Kippure).  I’v...
24/07/2021

Checking the sheep up on Mt Kippure.

We’re the last family in the valley to graze Powerscourt Mountain (Mt Kippure). I’ve been told that fifty years ago, when they put the sheep up on the mountain, that the line of sheep was so long that it’d stretch from the Powerscourt estate all the way past Glencree. Now it’s just our 50 odd head of Cheviots up here.

They do a great job of helping the biodiversity on the mountain. They nibble here, nibble there. They wander around having ingested a few seeds of something in one spot and depositing them in another. It’s a harmonious relationship.

But please don’t get me started on the “let’s all stop eating meat and just grow crops”. First off, this land would never support a row of corn, wheat, soybeans, etc. Its also a national park now. The sheep have a unique ability to convert plants that we can’t eat into high grade protein. They’ve got four stomaches after all.

Food for thought 😃

#sheep #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer
#springlamb #lamb #meatlover #biodiversity #npwsireland #powerscourt #sustainability

Bringing in the hay today.  80 bales from our neighbour.  It’s a super hot 28 degrees (82 Fahrenheit) here in Ireland.  ...
20/07/2021

Bringing in the hay today. 80 bales from our neighbour. It’s a super hot 28 degrees (82 Fahrenheit) here in Ireland. Way hotter than normal for us.

#hay #haybales #wicklow #wicklowmountains #knowyourfarmer #farmlife #hillfarming #ireland #enniskerry

Bringing in the hay today. 80 bales from our neighbour. It’s a super hot 28 degrees (82 Fahrenheit) here in Ireland. Way hotter than normal for us.

#hay #haybales #wicklow #wicklowmountains #knowyourfarmer #farmlife #hillfarming #ireland #enniskerry

We’ve taken another of our fine steers to Farrelly’s butcher.  We’ll soon have available another of our ‘beef boxes’.  I...
03/07/2021

We’ve taken another of our fine steers to Farrelly’s butcher. We’ll soon have available another of our ‘beef boxes’. It’s roughly 10kg of grass fed Dexter beef reared in the Wicklow mountains. The box contains a combination of steaks, burgers, diced and minced Dexter beef for a price of €150.

If you would like more information on purchasing a box please message us.

#wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer #tbonesteak #steak #beef #sirloinsteak #meatlover #dextercattle #irishbeef #grassfedbeef

27/05/2021

Sheep shearing!

It’s that time of year again. Time to shed that old wool coat!

Contrary to what some people think, this doesn’t hurt them. In fact, it’s necessary. If you don’t shear them the wool just keeps growing, and growing. If left it can grow so see that if the sheep falls over on its back it would be unable to roll over and get back up. Shearing them also helps against fly strike in the summer time.

Unfortunately as we’ve all switched to wearing synthetic materials like rayon, which is made from fossil fuels, the demand for wool has plummeted. We used to be able to sell outlet wool for €1 / kg. This used to cover the cost of shearing then. Now we can’t even give it away. ☹️

#sheep #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer #wicklowmountains #wicklow
#springlamb #lamb #barbecue

05/04/2021

Sheep TV!!

24/03/2021

It’s Wednesday. That makes it ‘hump day’ for most of us but for these little lambs it’s definitely ‘jump day’!

Make sure you get your jump in today!!

#sheep #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer #wicklowmountains #wicklow
#springlamb #lamb #barbecue

22/03/2021

Go little lambs go! These two are four days old now but already they’re getting the strength in their legs and want to run.

Then comes mom...

All the lambs love to run and jump. It never gets old watching!

#sheep #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer #wicklowmountains #wicklow
#springlamb #lamb #barbecue

19/03/2021

Sheepdog pups! It’s not just the ewes giving birth today but also our lead sheepdog, Psyche. We matched her up with a champion sheepdog a few months ago. Psyche is a small sheepdog. She’s only about 15kg / 33lbs (if even). Yet that little dog gave birth first to four and then another three little pups!

#sheepdog #sheep #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer #wicklowmountains #wicklow
#springlamb #lamb #barbecue

16/03/2021

Lambs in the sun! Really nice mild weather today. We had several sets of twins yesterday. We turned a few of the out for a bit into the sunshine to have a mooch around while we put out more bedding in their pens.

#sheep #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer #wicklowmountains #wicklow
#springlamb #lamb #barbecue

Spring has arrived!  The crocuses, the daffodils and the plethora of frog spawn all tell tale signs of the rejuvenation ...
28/02/2021

Spring has arrived! The crocuses, the daffodils and the plethora of frog spawn all tell tale signs of the rejuvenation of nature!
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#wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #hillfarming #knowyourfarmer #nature #crocus #frog #daffodils

25/02/2021

Everybody loves a scratch!
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#sheep #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer
#springlamb #lamb #tbonesteak #steak #beef #sirloinsteak #meatlover #dextercattle #irishbeef #grassfedbeef

Scanning day!  Big excitement!.The ‘scan man’ was out today.  He’s got an ultrasound scanner pretty much the same as the...
17/02/2021

Scanning day! Big excitement!
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The ‘scan man’ was out today. He’s got an ultrasound scanner pretty much the same as the ones obstetricians use in humans. We scan our ewes so that we know who has twins, whose got a single and if anybody is empty.
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We scanned 1.5. That means that half of our flock has twins and half are singles. We’re pretty happy with that result. We run a mixed flock of lowland and upland sheep. Our lowland sheep are Texels. They’re large, produce a lot of milk, and are good mothers. But they’re not very hardy.
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We also rear Wicklow cheviots. They go up and live on the mountain each summer. They’re very hardy, but most of ours only have a single lamb.
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Bring on the lambing!
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#sheep #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer
#springlamb #lamb #tbonesteak #steak #beef #sirloinsteak #meatlover #dextercattle #irishbeef #grassfedbeef

Putting out the hay..It’s February.  There’s no grass left and little else for the sheep and cows to eat.  During this t...
12/02/2021

Putting out the hay.
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It’s February. There’s no grass left and little else for the sheep and cows to eat. During this time of year it’s all hay or haylage. It’s the grass we cut back in June and July. Tossed, turned and dried then baled.
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The sheep and cows both eat about one bale every five days this time of year. Because we get a lot of rain I like to use the bale cover from @jfcagri.
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We started using these covers a few years ago when they first came out. They work really well. It keeps the hay dry which means much less wasted hay. I also put my bales up on a homemade timber platform which also helps keep the hay good and dry.
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Thanks JFC!
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#sheep #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer
#springlamb #lamb #tbonesteak #steak #beef #sirloinsteak #meatlover #dextercattle #irishbeef #grassfedbeef

Dolly our donkey.  She’s super friendly!  A giant sweety!.#donkey #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #en...
03/02/2021

Dolly our donkey. She’s super friendly! A giant sweety!
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#donkey #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #hillfarming #localfood #knowyourfarmer

Dolly our donkey. She’s super friendly! A giant sweety!
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#donkey #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #hillfarming #localfood #knowyourfarmer

31/12/2020

Hurrah! It’s snow! Let’s play!

Our two sheep dogs Jess and Psyche enjoying the dusting of snow we got this morning.

#farmlife #hillfarming #sheep #sheepdog

Happy Winter Solstice!It’s the shortest day of the year today with sunrise at 8:38 and sunset at 4:08pm.  Unfortunately ...
21/12/2020

Happy Winter Solstice!

It’s the shortest day of the year today with sunrise at 8:38 and sunset at 4:08pm. Unfortunately we’ll get no direct sunlight today. We’re on the north slope of Mt Tonduff. It’s only 640m (2,100ft) but it’s still tall enough to block out the sun this whole week! All that we get is a strong glow just over the top of the trees for us to know that the sun is there.

#sheep #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #hillfarming #knowyourfarmer #wicklowmountains #wicklow #dextercattle

16/12/2020

Ebony the matriarch of our little herd. She came here from Ballydavey Farm about four years ago. She’s a real sweety! She loves to be scratched!

07/11/2020

Beef stroganoff with Dexter fillet and black truffles!

I took some of our Ballyross Farm grass fed Dexter and sliced a cut of fillet thin and made this fantastic beef stroganoff. I topped it off with some truffle shavings of a black truffle shipped in from Italy that I got from Ripasso. Thanks guys!

#ripasso #natureireland #ireland #bestmeat #tbonesteak #steak #beef #sirloinsteak #meatlover #dextercattle #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #irishbeef #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #grassfedbeef #irishfood #irlanda #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer #wicklowmountains #wicklow #sheep #springlamb #lamb #barbecue

It’s a very foggy and autumnal morning here in the Glencree valley.  What’s in store for you today?  Have a great one!#n...
06/11/2020

It’s a very foggy and autumnal morning here in the Glencree valley. What’s in store for you today? Have a great one!

#natureireland #ireland #bestmeat #tbonesteak #steak #beef #sirloinsteak #meatlover #dextercattle #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #irishbeef #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #grassfedbeef #irishfood #irlanda #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer #wicklowmountains #wicklow #sheep #springlamb #lamb #barbecue

It’s been six years that we’ve had our Avant 430 mini-loader.  I tell you this machine has been great.  It’s the perfect...
27/10/2020

It’s been six years that we’ve had our Avant 430 mini-loader. I tell you this machine has been great. It’s the perfect machine for farming in small places. Our main barn is only 10m x 18m (33’ x 60’). This time of year we cram a lot of extra hay in it but sometimes we still have various animals in it. Our Avant has no problem maneuvering bales of hay, feeders, etc around in really small and tight spaces. I love it! Thanks Avant!!

#avanttecno #natureireland #ireland #bestmeat #tbonesteak #steak #beef #sirloinsteak #meatlover #dextercattle #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #irishbeef #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #grassfedbeef #irishfood #irlanda #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer #wicklowmountains #wicklow #sheep #springlamb #lamb #barbecue

Normally we just use straw as “bedding” for our animals but today was a bit different...  we had the folks from courtyar...
14/10/2020

Normally we just use straw as “bedding” for our animals but today was a bit different... we had the folks from courtyardmedia out filmining a commercial for FlanaganKerins. Stay tuned to see the final thing on Sky TV.

#natureireland #ireland #bestmeat #tbonesteak #steak #beef #sirloinsteak #meatlover #dextercattle #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #irishbeef #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #grassfedbeef #irishfood #irlanda #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer #wicklowmountains #wicklow #sheep #springlamb #lamb #barbecue

10/10/2020

We had some serious!! flooding this week. Fortunately the sheep and cattle were fine. Apparently we had about 100mm of rain in 24 hours.

#natureireland #ireland #bestmeat #tbonesteak #steak #beef #sirloinsteak #meatlover #dextercattle #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #irishbeef #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #grassfedbeef #irishfood #irlanda #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer #wicklowmountains #wicklow #sheep #springlamb #lamb #barbecue

Maintenance!  Ughhh!  Everybody has parts of their job they love and then they have parts that they don’t like.For some ...
29/09/2020

Maintenance! Ughhh!

Everybody has parts of their job they love and then they have parts that they don’t like.

For some reason, maintenance is mine. It’s the one that I don’t like. As a kid I used to take part my toys to see how they worked. The downside is that a lot of times I couldn’t figure out how to put them back together.

I think it’s also because I have no training and little experience in it. I just don’t know very well how these things work and how they go together.

We have a problem with the front left wheel of our tractor. It turns out that the upper left kingpin bearing is well gone. It’s gotta be fixed. Somebody has to do it.

I feel totally incapable of fixing it, but unfortunately I can’t get anyone else to fix it. So I’m muddling through with the help of Jan the best Deutz Fahr mechanic in Ireland (remotely on what’s app) a few Neighbors (in person) and the guys at the dealer (via email).

Hopefully over the next week I’ll get it repaired.

What’s your challenge today?

#farmlife #tractor

Bringing the sheep off the mountain.We’ve been waiting for a break in the weather all week.  There’s still some heat lef...
25/09/2020

Bringing the sheep off the mountain.

We’ve been waiting for a break in the weather all week. There’s still some heat left in the sun on the odd day, but the weather from here on out can get really unpredictable. Our sheep call Mt Kippure home for the summer and it can get really hard to see anything up there. It seems to be a magnet for clouds.

It’s quite a magical place though. It’s very difficult to really capture the beauty and majesty of the place on camera.

#sheep #wicklowmountains #natureireland #ireland #wicklow #enniskerry #farmlife #irishfood #irlanda #bestmeat #meatlover #farmtoforkireland #farmtofork #fieldtofork #hillfarming #barbecue #localfood #knowyourfarmer #wicklowmountains #wicklow
#springlamb #lamb #barbecue

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Ballyross, Enniskerry
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good morning :) apologies for late picture, yesterday just received them , here`s our picture together many thanks and God Bless!!