How we coped with uncertainty

2021-06-18T10:46:54+01:00

What a year it has been and how the world has changed since March 2020 for us all. We live and work in a beautiful place; so much of our lives has not changed, but the way we earn money has changed dramatically. Knockaloe Beg is usually full of people: guests, friends and members of the public walking through … then suddenly it all goes quiet and our four children, who have left home, start to come home. There were unexpected blessings of time with the kids, which we had not had for 9 years - since Zoë left home. We readjusted to living with our adult children, and what FUN it was. We had fun making a ‘Quarantine Girls’ calendar, new veggie garden, recycled greenhouse built with what we could scavenge, lots of exercise round our beautiful farm playground and all hands on deck to help Farmer John with lambing time. There was a mixture of emotions; moments of anxiety as some guests demand their money back straight away, then tears of gratitude as others say to keep their money and they will rebook and repay as they know what a tricky time it must be. Fiona was [...]

How we coped with uncertainty2021-06-18T10:46:54+01:00

Lambing Live

2019-02-14T14:10:03+00:00

At Knockaloe Beg Farm we love letting our visitors have as much access as we can to our animals. They are handled every day so we know their individual characteristics and temperaments. This means we can get up close to our ewes while they are delivering their lambs and we often let our guests assist in deliveries. A pair of long orange gloves, some clean straw and away you go, under Farmer John's expert guidance. John checks the lamb is in place ready for delivery and then you can assist the ewe by pulling the lamb out. Many of our sheep lamb with no assistance but we help ones which are taking a bit longer than usual. Lambing is a very exciting time and delivering your first lamb a real privilege – we have had many people in tears with the emotion of it! We time our lambing season to coincide with when children are on their Easter holidays so as many people as possible can enjoy Lambing Live! Sheep are pregnant for approximately 147 days (around 5 months), so we put the rams with them in November for April lambs. The rams have a coloured raddle paint [...]

Lambing Live2019-02-14T14:10:03+00:00

Meet the Team

2021-03-01T10:26:36+00:00

Over recent years, as our business has grown, so has the size of the team of people we need to help make your holiday or visit as enjoyable as possible. We're proud to employ many people from our local community, some seasonally, and some all year round. Have a look at this new page on our website to see who works here: Meet the Team

Meet the Team2021-03-01T10:26:36+00:00

UNESCO Biosphere Winners

2019-02-11T11:14:17+00:00

We are excited to be accepted as a Partner with the Isle of Man UNESCO Biosphere, and proud to be the winner of their first ever award for Education and Public Awareness in 2018. Biosphere said: “Qualified teachers John and Fiona Anderson put education at their heart of their 200-acre operation and host ‘open farm’ days, school visits and birthday parties, passing on their passion for the environment, agriculture and community and how they work together in our Biosphere.” We have such a wonderful Island to live and work on and to share with our visitors, so it is a privilege to partner with them. The vision is exciting, especially linking the environment with culture and community. Do visit the website www.biosphere.im to find out more, or any of their social media sites.

UNESCO Biosphere Winners2019-02-11T11:14:17+00:00
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