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Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen, 46, didn’t hold back from lightheartedly branding her youngest child, four-year-old Nancy, “staff” in her latest Instagram post. It comes after some Our Yorkshire Farm viewers aired their complaints about Amanda and her husband Clive Owen, 66, and claimed they were “breeding their own workforce”, as their nine children are happy to help out with tasks on Ravenseat farm.

Amanda shared a series of sweet photos of Nancy herding the family’s flock of sheep ahead of the latest episode of their hit Channel 5 show airing this evening.

Amanda was also pictured sharing a conversation with Nancy, who smiled for the camera.

The mum-of-nine captioned the post in view of her 315,000 followers: “Marking lambs to turn away to the moor & a pep talk for the staff.”

She also added the hashtags: “#shepherdess #yorkshire #terrier #sheep #dog #markingup #turnaway #flock.”

Fans took to the comments section of the images to share their thoughts.

One person wrote: “Gotta keep the staff motivated.”

Another added: “Brillant This is how life should be your children are a delight to watch and a credit to both you and hubby.”(sic)

“Training on the job is the best way to learn,” a third fan commented.


A fourth social media user wrote: “Oh bless Nancy she is great the way she gets stuck in, just been re watching the very first Our Yorkshire Farm when you are carrying Nancy on your back, how your children have matured, had great adventures and family love on their journey of life, such wonderful viewing.”

“That’s an unusual sheepdog,” a fifth remarked.

A sixth quipped: “Lol paid staff!” 

Despite the positive comments on Amanda’s post, the strong work ethic shown by the Owen brood has previously sparked backlash from social media users, who have criticised Amanda and Clive’s parenting techniques.

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However, Amanda was quick to insist that their children are willing to get involved in helping out on the farm and that it teaches them the important lesson of responsibility as they grow up.

Amanda and Clive have a busy life running Ravenseat farm with the help of their nine children, Annas, Violet, Edith, Raven, Clemmy, Nancy, Reuben, Miles, and Sidney.

The family have 1,000 sheep, 40 cows, six dogs and four ponies to take care of on their 2,000 acre piece of land in Upper Swaledale.

Speaking out on the backlash on the first episode of the Channel 5 show, Amanda declared: “We all have to work together as a family. I really don’t feel that’s a bad lesson. 

“This is what needs to happen and we all need to do it.

“I don’t feel like that’s sort of breeding your own workforce because it’s not that.

“It’s a fact of being involved and have that responsibility and being part of something. I think that’s a good thing.”

Agreeing with his other half, Clive added: “I’ve always thought when we’ve been working the kids like to be part of something.”

Clive was in charge of Ravenseat farm by himself before he met Amanda in 1995, who was a trainee shepherdess at the time.

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