Our Family

Meat Heroes

Hey there! We are Alan and Rachel, the real people behind Ballakelly Family Farm. We live here with our two young children, Alice (Tinky) and Harvey (H-Boss), our dogs and our ponies. Read on to learn more about the meat heroes.

Our Family

Alan Teare

The Farmer

Hey boy! I’m Alan – the Farmer by day, and Umpah Band ‘pro’ by night.

I’ve lived at Ballakelly Farm since I was born… as did four generations of my family before me. So, you could say that farming is my blood.

No two days for me are the same.  My job includes growing crops, rearing our livestock, and turning the wheel of our sausage-making machine.

I put my heart and soul into looking after our livestock to ensure that they are healthy, happy animals. This means I produce the best tasting meat I can for my family and for our growing flock of hungry, meat-loving customers.

My favourite Ballakelly Farm meat is a fried bacon butty with loads of ‘tommy K’.

The Farmer's Wife - Rachel Ranson

Rachel Teare

The Farmer’s Wife

Hi, I’m Rach – a full time mum and Farmer’s Wife.

I spent most of my childhood outdoors on farms in wellies and mud. Moving into Ballakelly Farm with my pony Fred over 15 years ago was a dream come true.

I’m passionate about providing 100% Manx, nutritious, quality meats to families just like ours.

My dream is that people will request Ballakelly Farm meat when they shop and eat out, and that our name will feature on specials boards throughout the Island (and further afield – in time!).

I also love horse-riding and breeding Connemara ponies on our farm.

My favourite Ballakelly Farm meat is our ‘Fred Flintstone’ Pork Chops. Delicious!

Tinky - Alice Teare

Our Daughter

Our daughter Alice, better know as Tinky (or Tinks), is 7.

Small in size but big in personality Alice loves riding her pony ‘Ellie Pony’.

From a young age Alice has helped her Dad to look after the baby animals in our ‘maternity wards’.

Her ambition is to be a ‘Farmer Girl’ and drive a pink tractor.

Alice’s favourite food is our unique Ballakelly Farm Pork & Kipper Sausages.

H-Boss - Harvey Teare

Our Son

Our son Harvey, better known as H-Bos, is 5.

A little man of few words he has a big heart for tractors.

Harvey loves nothing more than an afternoon of ‘moo-poo’ spreading in Uncle Will’s Fent.

And he can often be found splashing his chubby bare feet in muddy puddles around the farm.

His favourite meal is spaghetti bolognese made from our very own Ballakelly Farm steak mince.

The Meat Heroes

The Meat Heroes are a very special group of people that we have helping us. You will often see them at events that we are attending or photographed on our Social Media channels

Eileen Ranson

Ma Ma Ranson

What is your background?
Retired Home Economics/Textiles teacher. Love all crafts and cooking. Enjoy helping Ballakelly Farm, using and promoting their meat. Help in the background with my grandchildren or behind the counter if needed. Love what they are doing and want them to go from strength to strength.

How did you meet Ballakelly?
It was compulsory! My daughter is ‘the Farmer’s Wife’.

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Marinated Chops

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Ethical

Myles

What is your background?
I was born in california and lived there till I was 13. After 2 years of college I ended up on the Isle of Man working on ballakelly farm. In my spare time I play darts, walk and do archey.

How did you meet Ballakelly?
I came to ballakelly for a year of work experience and never ended up leaving.

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Bacon

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Devoted

Peter Teare

Paul Clague

What is your background?
I was born and bought up in Ballasalla and have lived in the South of the Island all my life. I played football for Malew for 28 continuous years. I am a huge fan of Rugby League and I follow the Wigan Warriors, as well as being a lifelong supporter of Manchester United FC. Shooting and fishing have always been my favourite hobbies, and I love a day of driven pheasant and partridge shooting.

How did you meet Ballakelly?
I have been friends with Al and Rach since our Young Farmer days. Our friendship has grown since the business started. We will always be friends. 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Sirloin Steak

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Welcoming

Alison Osborn

What is your background?
I’m a full time mummy with two crazy kids and a lovely husband. In my spare time because I have lots of it (!) I love to walk my springer spaniel Tilly and dream of stuffing Ballakelly sausage baps all on my own without a school run interruption, meal to make or small child’s bottom to wipe !!!!! 

How did you meet Ballakelly?
Knew Rachel from work 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Sausages 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Honest 

Alison Cain

What is your background?
Was born in Scotland and i am the youngest of 5 . I moved to the island in July 1997 . I have always worked in catering and love cooking and baking cakes. I am manager of Dave’s Delicious Dogs and we get all our meat that we use within the company from Ballakelly Farm. I have 1 little girl called Macy

How did you meet Ballakelly?
When I started working for Dave’s Delicious Dogs 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Beef 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Enthusiastic 

Andrea Masson

What is your background?
I am a Farmers Daughter who married another Farmer!!!!! I have 3 grown-up Children and I work in Local Schools 

How did you meet Ballakelly?
Known Alan and Rachel for many years through the Young Farmers 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Lamb 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Fab 

Andreas Hjerth

What is your background?
I’m from a small town in Sweden and have lived on the Isle of Man for over 10 years. I moved to Ramsey, my wife Gemma’s home town, with our young family in 2016 and love it! My hobbies include playing football, watching sports and listening to 60s music… as well as cooking and eating delicious Manx produce.

How did you meet Ballakelly?
Rach asked Gemma if I would roast some Ballakelly gammon joints using my ‘ Swedish Christmas Ham’ method, in exchange for slices of the end product, and I agreed! 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Fillet Steak and Pork Ribs 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Genuine 

Anna

Information coming soon

David Valkema

What is your background?
Head Dog at Dave’s Delicious Dogs and Dave’s Delicious Delicatessen & Soup Pot (a little hot dog company and delicatessen I started simply because I couldn’t get a good hot dog in the British Isles and knew my grandmother’s hot dog recipe was far superior to anything on the market in the UK)

How did you meet Ballakelly?
I met Rachel at the 2016 IOM bicycle Cyclefest event at Milntown. 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Poor Man’s Pork Chops and American style beef hamburgers (made with Dave’s secret proprietary spice blend. 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
MMMMM-mmmm-DEEEEE….licious! 

Dylan Cormode

Information coming soon

Eugene Murnane

What is your background?
Born and bred in S.Wales. Worked and played in various places, now finding my feet on the I.O.M. Hobbies include rugby and keeping fit.

How did you meet Ballakelly?
Like everything in life today its about who you know. Word of mouth. 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Pork 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Quality 

Gemma Hjerth

What is your background?
A school friend of Rach and Alan, and an experienced and qualified Marketer and Peoject Manager, Gem loves a good project – both at work and at home! She’s married to Andreas (‘Swede’) and is mum to Colby and Aalin. Gem is very proud to be Manx and especially enjoys eating the growing variety of locally produced food. 

How did you meet Ballakelly?
A chance discussion in the toilets at work between Gem and Rach, just after Gemma decided to become self employed, led to Ballakelly Farm becoming Project Gem’s first client. The Ballakelly stand at the Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival 2016 was her first freelance project – for which the farm was awarded a prize! 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Lamb Shank 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Hardworking!! 

Glyn Hooson-Owen

What is your background?
Married to Voirrey, have two German Shorthaired Pointers live in Onchan. Play rugby for Douglas RUFC and enjoy getting out for a shoot also. 

How did you meet Ballakelly?
Known Alan and Rachel for along time. (Rachel for close to 30 years – pretty much family) 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
All of it!!

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Family 

Jane Hooson-Owen

What is your background?
Retired teacher. Hobbies cooking, walking Molly, knitting and reading. 

How did you meet Ballakelly?
Rachel’s second mum

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Fred Flintstone Pork Chops 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Family 

Jason Moore

What is your background?
Also known as “Porkchop”. I’m a slaughterman by trade but butchery is my “bit on the side”. I come from a distant farming family and have been on the farming scene for a few years. When not at Ballakelly, you’ll find me as a bouncer at weekends or training for the annual Parish Walk. Other hobbies include Kickboxing, weightlifting, eating my body weight in KitKats and drinking milk daily by the gallon! 

How did you meet Ballakelly?
Alan & Rachel would often cone into the abattoir to collect their pigs/lambs/beef. Alan offered me a job and the rest they say is history! 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Guinness flavoured sausages 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Homely

Jess Clague

What is your background?
Worked along side Alan at Ballakelly looking after all the animals for 3 years…..now farming my way across the Island mostly with Dairy cows, my passion.

How did you meet Ballakelly?
Turned up on Al’s yard 6 years ago, still can’t get rid of me! My Dad worked for Alans Father, Billy and his uncle Philip a whole 35 years ago! Ballakelly is in my blood! 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Bacon 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Home

Karol Renton

What is your background?
I have worked in many different areas including catering, hotels, airport and now book keeping. I enjoy horse riding, lovely countryside walks with my dog Orry and dancing is a huge passion. 

How did you meet Ballakelly?
I met Rachel in 1993 through ponies and have been great friends ever since, I love helping out at Ballakelly Farm in any way. For a few years now I have helped during the lambing season and most recently I have been helping with the catering and meat side of the business. 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Very difficult but probably Pork Fillet 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Inspiring 

Katie Caplan

What is your background?
I moved to the Isle of Man from London in Nov 2016 with my partner and our baby daughter. My career history has spanned many industries…from architecture to advertising, food importing to banking, event management to teaching… I am still deciding what my true vocation in life is!

How did you meet Ballakelly?
 I needed to buy meat on arriving on the island I jumped in the car and head over the mountain to the wilds of the North and Andreas. It took me a while to find the farm.. the naive Londoner that I am was looking for a big sign advertising a farm shop. Instead I finally found the farm (with help having driven up and down the lane 4 times) and Alan chopping up a sheep in a room not much bigger than my kitchen table. This was the shop? And I suppose they don’t take credit card then?! Oops! I left the farm with a bagful of meat and a sign on the wall that said ‘Katie PokerStars owes £50’…and the rest is history… 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Barnsley Chops

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Fresh-thinking

Kayleigh Duggan

What is your background?
I work part time in a book/souvenir shop and the rest of my time is spent up with my horse. She has EMS so needs exercising regularly and can’t have sugar ans starch in her diet. This makes her quite difficult to look after and means she takes up more time than a horse without this would. I grew up around horses and cars, with my mum always having a horse and my dad always having a rally car and various other cars. I much prefer horses over cars though, much to my dads disappointment!

How did you meet Ballakelly?
I first met Rachel 7 years ago when she came up with the saddle fitters to fit a saddle to my horse Kay. We’ve been in touch ever since then. Back in 2014 when my mum was looking for somewhere for her horse to stay for a few months, while she had radiotherapy, Rachel and Alan very kindly let him stay at Ballakelly until my mum was better. They’re such lovely, genuine people and nothing’s ever too much. 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Beef Burgers

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Remarkable 

Keith Masson

What is your background?
Working in agriculture for last 30+yrs 

How did you meet Ballakelly?
Have known Al and Rachel for yrs through Young Farmers

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Pork Tenderloin 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Can’t use one, Meat as it should be 

Paul Skillan

What is your background?
Ex Prison Officer, loves the outdoors and spending time with my wife and five daughters. 

How did you meet Ballakelly?
Known Alan and Rachel for many years, like fresh and local meat and offered to help out if they needed any help. 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
All of it 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Outstanding

Peter Hooson Owen

What is your background?
Retired Deputy Headteacher so was well able to handle animals-dead or alive! Mixed Farming in my childhood and teenage years in Anglesey- a long time ago! Total empathy with the farming community and Ballakelly in particular by family friendship. 

How did you meet Ballakelly?
Family friendship Desire to help a young Farming family to gain from their hard work Realizing the need to diversify if Farming is going to provide a future for those who tend to the land and create the countryside we all appreciate and enjoy. 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
T-Bone Steak-Fred Flintstone Pork Chops-All Sausages for their meat content and superb flavour. 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Quality 

Shri Naik

What is your background?
Hotel management graduate , been on the island 15 years . Love watching cricket , movies , Netflix , cooking and long drives . 

How did you meet Ballakelly?
Rachel’s dad asked couple of years ago if we at Kurries and Steaks would like to use the meat and work something together . That time the chef / business partner was not interested in the proposition. In 2017 before the food and drinks festival was on Rachel asked again and this time I agreed and now would like to continue till we can 🙂 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Lamb Cutlets 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Family 

Tina Jauncey

What is your background?
I live in Bride with my husband Johnny, 3 dogs, plenty of poultry and a mad wood pigeon! I moved to the Island from the Midlands in 1974 when my parents moved to take over the Manx Arms pub in Onchan. My spare time is taken up with breeding and showing my bantams and ducks . I have an all round love of animals and the countryside and really appreciate where I live with the open space and green fields. I have worked at the Wildlife Park for the last 18 years, and feel very lucky to enjoy my job working in such a beautiful place. Before the Park I I worked at the Airport for 21 years with British Midland and then Manx Airlines in the customer service department. 

How did you meet Ballakelly?
I met Rachael through Freddy and we have been great friends ever since. I also owe a lot to Billy and Alan who let me keep a few bantams on their land which enabled me to start showing and breeding my beloved Orpingtons bantams again. I really enjoy helping out as a Meat Hero, its nice to meet people and explain what Alan and Rach are doing at Ballakelly. 

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
It would have to be beef especially Rib of Beef. 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Amazing 

Tom Knight

What is your background?
Enduro rider 

How did you meet Ballakelly?
Fixing scrap quads 😂😂🤷‍♂️

What is your favourite Ballakelly meat?
Pork Chops 

Describe Ballakelly in one word
Amazing

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