Amanda Owen talks up about being “one step away from losing everything” at Our Yorkshire Farm.
Amanda Owen of OUR YORKSHIRE FARM has opened up about a particularly difficult period in her life when reflecting on her time at Ravenseat Farm with Ben Fogle.
Our Yorkshire Farm, a Channel 5 programme, follows Amanda Owen, Clive Owen, and their nine children. Ben Fogle’s Return to the Wild series chronicled the Yorkshire Shepherdess’ road to farming, and the show contained a heartbreaking moment in which Amanda opened up about the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak.
Ben made the trip to Ravenseat Farm in the Yorkshire Dales to see Amanda and her family.
“I believe that was the time when we felt the most alone and remote,” Amanda remarked.
“It was horrifying to gaze out my bedroom window and see Cumbrian sheep being herded and brought away to be butchered, knowing that we were just one step away from losing everything.
“We lost a third of our flock because we ship sheep out to warmer climates during the winter.”
The Yorkshire Shepherdess explained, “So all the sheep that we sent away never returned back.”
“And others say, ‘Well, you know, you can just buy some more sheep to replace the animals.’
“However, that isn’t how it works around here; the sheep have always been here.
“If we leave the sheep alone, it affects their entire lineage, their hoofing system, and how they have homeland instincts on their patch.”
“It would have been a disaster,” Amanda remarked, breaking down. It still gives me a lump in my throat when I think about it; it was terrible.”
“Does it still bother you?” “Yeah, it was bad, it truly was,” she said in response to Ben’s question.
“I brought one turnover crate, two sheepdogs, and a handful of sheep with me when I moved here to reside. And, of course, they were also present, so I misplaced them.”
Ben remarked, “That was your life.” “Everything you desired to own, your livelihood.”
“Absolutely,” Amanda added, “people say, ‘Well, you can’t know each one of these sheep on an individual basis,’ because you can’t because there are so many of them.”
“But it doesn’t mean you don’t feel the same way for them.
“Basically, you couldn’t do this job if you weren’t concerned about them.
The says, “You’re always trying to achieve your best.” “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”