Our Yorkshire Farm: Amanda's son outlines bird flu 'worries'
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Amanda Owen features in her own Channel 5 reality series called Our Yorkshire Farm. The programme follows Amanda, her husband Clive Owen and their nine children as they go about their daily routine of running Ravenseat Farm and caring for their animals. Amanda and Clive’s children all have their own parts to play with helping their parents run the farm – and some even have their own animals to care for. However, in a snippet from her 2019 book, Adventures Of The Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda has spoken what it is like for her children when one of the animals dies.
In a section of the book, Amanda talked about her son Miles, who was given the responsibility of looking after the farm’s hens and he was even given his own flock of sheep to care for.
Amanda went on to add her son can’t wait for the day when he can become a full-time farmer like his dad.
“Miles, who was born in 2006, is like Reuben in that he doesn’t like school,” Amanda began.
“But unlike his older brother, he’s discovered a new interest, girls.”
She continued: “He’s a real ladies’ man. With his wide brown eyes peeping out under his foppish fringe, he is bound to charm.
“He loves animals, nature programmes and the countryside.
“Every year we replenish our ageing flock of hens with end-of-lay hens destined for processing.
“Miles takes them under his wing caring for them in the barn until they become acclimatised to the weather at Ravenseat and can become free-range.”
The 46-year-old went on to recall the heartbreak her son felt when he discovered one of his beloved sheep had died.
Miles even lambs his flock himself and times the sheep’s due dates around the Easter holidays.
She explained: “He also has hit his own flock of sheep, a dozen Texdales (Texel/Swaledale crosses).
“He lambs his little flock himself. Everything is timed carefully to make sure that his sheep’s due dates coincide with the Easter school holidays.”
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She recalled: “He gets to see it all, and he was heartbroken when one day he went outside to feed his sheep and found one had escaped and got into the feedstore, overindulged, become bloated and died.
“It’s entirely his flock and he makes decisions about who he keeps and who he sells just a hint of guidance from Clive.
“He is quiet, sensitive and knowledgeable and lives for the day when he can farm full-time.”
Amanda also recently opened up about her worries about losing Ravenseat Farm – which they don’t own.
“I love this place and the challenges it brings,” Amanda explained in her book.
“I never want to live anywhere other than Ravenseat but the simple fact is that we are tenant farms.
“Ravenseat is part of an estate and has been for centuries. It doesn’t belong to us.
“That insecurity and the question of what the future would hold for our family kept me awake at night, wondering, worrying.”
Our Yorkshire Farm is available to watch on Channel 5.
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