Our Family

Our Family

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 our family and come back soon to hear all about our other meat heroes.

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’.

Rachel Ranson

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!

H-Bos – Harvey Teare

Farm Family

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.

Tinky – Alice Teare

Farm Family

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.