‘Have more respect’ Jeremy Clarkson on Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen’s ‘hard’ life

‘Have more respect’ Jeremy Clarkson on Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen’s ‘hard’ life

Jeremy Clarkson says Brexit gives him farming 'stress'

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Jeremy Clarkson, 60, has spoken out on the trials and tribulations of sheep farming, after taking on his own herd at his Cotswolds estate. The Grand Tour star insists the public should have “more respect” for farmers such as Amanda Owen, 46, who stars in Our Yorkshire Farm, which is filmed on Upper Swaledale, near Keld, Yorkshire.

The sheep want to die

Jeremy Clarkson

Opening up on his thoughts towards Amanda and her husband Clive Owen, 66, who run and live on Ravenseat farm with their nine children, Jeremy said: “We should have more respect for them than we do.

“It’s really hard work sheep farming and there up in Keld, Ravenseat, in the Yorkshire Dales and it’s really hard work.

“I only have 78 [sheep] and I’m in the Cotswolds which is not hard to get about, but the sheep want to die.”

Jeremy shared how the sheep often find themselves in tricky situations on the farm.

He continued: “They don’t want to die in a nice smooth relaxing way, they want to die of something revolting. 

“So they will put their head in the stock fence and try to cut it off, or they will just decide to rot from the back end. 

“They literally rot! Then you have to pay someone to shoot them.

“I should do this myself but it’s just impossible as far as I can work out,” he added, during his press conference for his new series Clarkson’s Farm.

Jeremy has had a tough run of it since purchasing his Chipping Norton farm, as he has encountered a number of obstacles including bad weather and the ramifications of Brexit.

The born-again farmer has spoken on the difficulty of agricultural life and the challenges of filming his experience of bringing the Diddly Squat Farm Shop to life.

The presenter has admitted that farming has proved an unexpected challenge.

He shared: ”I’ve had the farm since 2008, but I haven’t really been involved with it at all.

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 “A man in the village ran it, and then he retired, and I don’t know what it was, but I just thought, ‘I can do that’.

“I genuinely thought you put seeds in the ground, weather happens and then food grows. 

“So I thought, ‘That’s not difficult’, but it’s phenomenally difficult and the heartache is extraordinary, plus it’s phenomenally badly paid. 

“So I thought, if I get someone to film me doing it, that will offset some of the losses,” he added to the BBC.

Of some of the seemingly endless challenges he encountered over the course of filming, Brexit has played a key role.

Opening up on difficulties he faced on the farm, the former Top Gear host shared: “Weather, weather, weather, weather, Brexit, weather, Covid, weather, weather and sheep, I would say were the 10 big problems that we had.”

However, despite issues, it has proved a huge rating success with glowing reviews since it launched last week.

The Telegraph labelled the show “very enjoyable”, while The Independent called it “insightful and fun”. The full series is available to stream now on Amazon Prime.

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