Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen shares measly Ravenseat profit ‘It’s worthless’
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Amanda Owen and her family shot to fame when the hit Channel 5 documentary series Our Yorkshire Farm first began. The popular farming show follows the lives of Amanda, her husband Clive and their nine children as they live and work at Ravenseat Farm in the Yorkshire Dales. In a recent interview, the shepherdess gave fans an insight into how the family make money off their farm.
Channel 5 star Amanda chatted about how she makes a profit from her work at Ravenseat Farm in a recent interview.
The Yorkshire Shepherdess explained how “things have changed” in the world of sheep farming over the years.
Speaking in an episode of the natural history podcast, Trees A Crowd, Amanda revealed that when it comes to harvest season, her work is different to what people may expect.
She explained: “The harvest of the hills is basically harvesting our crop, which is not anything arable, it is all about the livestock.
“Everything that comes off this farm is hardy, so it’s about the cattle, it’s about the sheep.
“It’s about going into the auction mats in September and October and selling your young stock, selling your old stock, which will go on to thrive in kinder climbs.
“It is a funny one that people don’t realise. People say ‘how do you make your money? Do you make your money from wool?’ No, it’s literally worthless.
“We have to shear the sheep purely for the fact that they need shearing.
“They’ve been domesticated for thousands of years, the wool needs to come off so we shear the sheep. But we, you know, get £200 maybe,” Amanda revealed.
The interviewer questioned how many sheep that £200 worth of wool would be from.
The Yorkshire Shepherdess replied: “Roughly around 1,000 fleeces so it’s worth very little.
“It’s swings and roundabouts. Once it was worth a lot, maybe it’ll come back again who knows.
“It’s all about breeding sheep, breeding pedigree, we’re selling onto the farmers,” she explained.
The interviewer remarked: “It’s amazing that wool was something that our nation was renowned for and built itself on.”
Amanda agreed: “Yes, things have changed. We band about how we’d like to be more environmentally friendly and more sustainable and wool is the perfect answer for that.
“But, unfortunately, it doesn’t meet the needs of this generation. I mean I’ve got wool things, of course, I’ve got a lovely wool skirt, I’ve got a lovely wool jumper and a pair of wool long socks.
“But, unfortunately, they’re now the size of a gnome because I wash them too hot with everything else!” Amanda exclaimed.
The Owen family won’t be at Ravenseat Farm for much longer as Amanda recently revealed they’re soon set to move to a farmhouse not far away in Upper Swaledale.
The family are waiting for renovations on the property to be complete before they move into their new home.
The full interview with Amanda Owen can be heard on the Trees A Crowd podcast.
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