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5 secrets of Our Yorkshire Farm from family rifts to lockdown drama

During the past few years Our Yorkshire Farm has quickly become one of the UK’s most popular shows.

The Channel 5 series follows the life of Clive and Amanda Owen – and their nine children – at Ravenseat Farm in the rolling countryside of Upper Swaledale.

However, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes which viewers never see, from family drama to unexpected deaths.

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With that in mind, here’s five secrets of Our Yorkshire Farm you might not be aware of, as reported by The Mirror.

1) Family rift

When Clive split from his first wife back in 1995, she took their two children – Rosie, then nine, and her 11-year-old brother – to live in Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria.

Rosie, now 34, recently revealed she rarely speaks to Clive or her step-mum Amanda.

She told The Sun she can barely watch her dad’s hit TV show as it brings back heartbreaking memories of her childhood spent on the farm.

“It breaks my heart because it is like watching a past that I haven’t been in for years. It’s like a family that I’d love to belong to but I just don’t,” Rosie said.

2) Lockdown isolation

Amanda has previously described how the family felt ‘isolated’ during the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020.

While they were initially largely unaffected by the restrictions on the remote working farm, they soon felt the impact as they rely on visitors and tourists to the farm to increase their income.

“I guess once we finished lambing and we’d normally be expecting visitors and tourists, of course, they never came,” she said.

“That was when it became clear and obvious that things had changed, so it was a strange time – it was isolation on top of isolation.”

3) Chaotic filming conditions

Amanda Owen from Our Yorkshire Farm revealed a black eye after a farming accident

Amanda, 46, has previously said it is sometimes a struggle to juggle running a farm, filming a hit TV series and bringing up nine children.

“Oh gosh, there’s always someone screaming at me,” she told the Daily Express. “I’m never still, I’m always walking about and my mind is like a browser window with tons of tabs open.”

Amanda said once she’s out of the farmhouse, she’s ‘untouchable’, and retreats to a secret spot on the farmland to be free from technology and have some much-needed “headspace”.

4) Social media backlash

Amanda avoids sharing husband Clive on social media as he isn’t keen on being in the spotlight.

This has led to Amanda being forced to defend why he is absent from her social media to some viewers of the show.

“How come we never see photos of Clive, time for him to have a make over as well, he bloody earns it,” one follower asked.

“He hates social media and the online news stuff and doesn’t want to be on it,” Amanda replied. “That’s his choice.”

5) Harsh weather conditions

The family are regularly up against the harshest weather conditions on their remote farm in Yorkshire, and the shepherdess revealed they almost lost some of their sheep in the snowy conditions earlier this year.

Desperately trying to locate a number of animals who were buried in the deep snow on the farm, the couple decided to use a drone to find them but added it froze mid-air.

“Actually we did attempt drone footage previously during a particularly brutal weather spell,” Amanda told her followers on Twitter.

“The wind chill was -15, the drone fell from sky as it froze mid-air, landing in the deep snow saved it from being irreparable,” she explained, later adding that they found the sheep once the snow had melted.

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