Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen denies ‘breeding workforce’ with husband after backlash

Amanda Owen helps out struggling lamb on her farm

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Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen, 46, has hit back after she and her husband Clive Owen, 66, were accused of “breeding their own workforce” by some of the viewers of their hit show, Our Yorkshire Farm. The couple 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.

However, the strong work ethic shown by the Owen brood has sparked backlash from social media users, who have criticised Amanda and Clive’s parenting techniques.

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.

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.

 

“It’s lovely when they are around to help and they help willingly. I miss them when they’re at school. 

“When they’re at home it makes a difference definitely.”

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

The farmer added in quotes obtained by Yorkshire Live: “We have a lot to do and we have to get to the end of what we do each day but although it looks chaotic we’re very focused and aware of where we should be.

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“We have a lot of things depending on us, not just children.”

It comes after Amanda gave a candid insight into her seemingly idyllic rural life.

Opening up on how she balances motherhood, running their farm and looking after all the animals, Amanda told Sunday Express: “Oh gosh, there’s always someone screaming at me.

“I’m never still, I’m always walking about and my mind is like a browser window with tons of tabs open. 

“However, once I get out of the farmhouse I’m untouchable.

“Everybody should have spaces where they’re free from connection. 

“Technology is marvellous, but we all need headspace too,” she added.

Speaking about Amanda’s hit show, Daniel Pearl, commissioning editor at Channel 5 said: “Our Yorkshire Farm is such a special programme.

“It’s more than just a heart-warming documentary, it is a deeper exploration of family bonds, parenting styles and the desire among so many of us to live closer to nature. The Owens are a true inspiration.” 

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