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Inside Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen's life on the farm

Inside Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen’s life on the farm where she juggles 1,000 animals, nine children, half a million Instagram followers and one ex-husband next door

A lot has changed for Amanda Owen as 2023 begins.

The Yorkshire Shepherdess, 48, confirmed she had separated from her husband of 21 years Clive, 68, last summer, but with nine children and a 2,000 acre working farm between them the estranged couple still have plenty of ties.

Alongside the end of their marriage, the couple’s hit show Our Yorkshire Farm was cancelled, but life still continues at the farm for Amanda.

Farm life: The Yorkshire Shepherdess is continuing her daily life on the farm following her split from husband pf 21 years Clive last year 

Amanda and Clive run Ravenseat in the Yorkshire Dales, a remote working farm at  which they have been tenants for more than 20 years.

The former couple are parents to Raven, 21, Reuben, 19, Miles, 16, Edith, 14, Violet, 12, Sidney, 11, Annas, nine, Clemmy, seven, and six-year-old Nancy. 

Before their split was confirmed last summer, neighbours revealed to MailOnline that Amanda had moved out of the farmhouse and into their rental property down the road in Swaledale, while Clive had been staying in the farmhouse.

Split: The Yorkshire Shepherdess confirmed she had separated from her husband of 21 years Clive last summer, but with nine children and a 2,000 acre working farm between them the estranged couple still have plenty of ties  (pictured in 2020) 

Amanda has since moved back to the farmhouse though, revealing in an interview this month with the Sunday Times that she and Clive have ‘two farms that are basically next door to each other, so it’s close enough for it to be useful, but far enough for us to have space.’

‘Whatever our personal situation, there’s a farm to run and nine children to look after so we’re just working together, making it happen.’

Amanda is kept busy with the thousand sheep, forty cows, six dogs and four horses who reside with her at Ravenseat, not to mention her nine children, seven of whom still live at home.

Tough: Amanda and Clive run Ravenseat in the Yorkshire Dales, a remote working farm at which they have been tenants for more than 20 years

Family: The former couple are parents to Raven, 21, Reuben, 19, Miles, 16, Edith, 14, Violet, 12, Sidney, 11, Annas, 9, Clemmy, 7, and six-year-old Nancy

Daily life: Amanda is kept busy with the thousand sheep, forty cows, six dogs and four horses who reside with her at Ravenseat

The shepherdess has said that her day ‘starts at light o’clock every morning,’ where she sees to the animals while her children get themselves ready to make the one hour trip to school on the bus.

Next up is a day of visiting auctions, suppliers, gathering sheep and posting when she can with the farm’s temperamental WIFI to her 500k Instagram followers.

A known advocate for hands-off parenting, Amanda says her independent children are mostly left to amuse themselves, but she makes sure they have a family dinner at 6pm.

Inside her home: A known advocate for hands-off parenting, Amanda says her children are mostly left to amuse themselves, but she makes sure they have a family dinner at 6pm

Busy life: Once the children put themselves to bed and the day’s jobs are done, Amanda hits the treadmill for her daily exercise

Exes: It while she was still training at the age of 21 that she met Clive, arriving to help the divorced father of two at Ravenseat in 1995 (pictured together in 2016)

Amanda’s rise from farmer to household name  

2000 – Clive and Amanda get married 

2011 – Clive and Amanda appear in The Dales

Amanda begins making more media appearances, offering interviews about giving birth on the farm and motherhood in remote Yorkshire

2014 – Amanda releases her first book The Yorkshire Shepherdess. It reached the bestseller top ten and the film rights were sold  

2015 – The family appeared in an episode of New Lives In The Wild UK with Ben Fogle, a Channel 5 programme

2017 – Amanda releases a A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess. She also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity

2018 – Couple land their own TV show, Our Yorkshire Farm. It’s an immediate hit, with over three million viewers watching each episode. 

2019 – Amanda released a third book Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess and was the subject of Radio 4’s On Your Farm.

Meanwhile she also appeared on the podcast Trees A Crowd with David Oakes.

2020 – Our Yorkshire Farm becomes a runaway hit in lockdown, with millions tuning into each episode on Channel 5. 

Amanda begins making solo appearances on a variety of TV shows, becoming a regular guest on programmes such as Lorraine and This Morning to offer comment on parenting and life on the farm 

2021 – Channel 5 broadcast the first episode of series 14 of Ben Fogle: Return to the Wild, which saw Fogle back at Ravenseat Farm. 

Meanwhile Amanda was featured as one of the four celebrities travelling with a 360 degree camera in series two of BBC 4’s Winter Walks.

She also released two further books Tales From the Farm and Celebrating The Seasons, both of which she spent time heavily promoting. 

November – Neighbours told MailOnline Amanda and Clive had been living apart for months after she ‘got caught up in the spotlight’ of her Channel 5 programme 

June 2022 – Amanda and Clive announce their break up 

July – Amanda makes her first TV appearance since the break up 

Once the children put themselves to bed and the day’s jobs are done, Amanda hits the treadmill for her daily exercise, and admits she occasionally enjoys her tipple of choice – absinthe 

Life on the farm has been a dream of Amanda’s since she was a child growing up in suburban Huddersfield. 

She knew she wasn’t going to be able to get the grades to be a vet, so spent her free time in the local library researching different ways to work with animals, which was where she discovered shepherding.

After leaving school she worked odd jobs on local farms before becoming a shepherdess in her early twenties.

It while she was still training at the age of 21 that she met Clive, arriving to help the divorced father of two at Ravenseat in 1995.

She moved in, nine children followed and then TV fame arrived. 

The couple appeared as regulars on Adrian Edmondson’s 2011 ITV documentary series The Dales alongside the Reverend Ann Chapman, the vicar of four small churches, and a number of others living in rural Yorkshire.

And the public were quick to fall for the couple and their unusual love story, dubbing them the ‘Kardashians of the Countryside’.

They began making further media appearances and offering interviews to media about their family, before Amanda released her first book The Yorkshire Shepherdess.

The popularity of the family led to their own observational documentary series on Channel 5 called Our Yorkshire Farm, which started in 2018.

It quickly became a hit, and was one of the channel’s most popular programmes with more than three million viewers watching each episode.

However, in June, following months of rumours regarding the state of their marriage, Amanda and Clive issued a joint statement saying they had made ‘the difficult decision to separate’.

Speaking to the Radio Times recently Amanda gave her own matter-of-fact take on the split: ‘Look, there are two simple facts: if he thought I was brilliant, and I thought he was brilliant, then we wouldn’t have separated,’ she pointed out.

‘It’s a fact, isn’t it? But, you know what, that’s not unique, it’s just how things are, pressures, all the rest of it. 

‘But we have nine kids, with associated friends, girlfriends, and we just have to get on with it.’

Asked during an appearance on Lorraine if life had continued as normal in terms of the family and farm, she replied: 

‘It does. That is reality. It is really tough and it is a really difficult aspect of it to get across.

‘But when you do reality it has to be just that. That means it covers the ups and downs and that can be on any level.

‘Because at the end of the day our priority remains, of course, to keep everything going.

Over: The couple shared a joint statement on social media confirming they had split in June

Late last year Clive’s new show Beyond The Yorkshire Farm: Reuben and Clive premiered and saw him launch a digging business with his son.

Meanwhile, Amanda has exciting prospects also on the horizon as factual boss Daniel Pearl told The Mirror: ‘The Owens have become everyone’s favourite farming family and millions have enjoyed watching their unique way of life. It’s fantastic that we can now all follow Reuben and Clive on their next adventure.

‘We remain absolutely committed to the whole wonderful Owen family and hope to announce new projects with Amanda very soon.’

Life goes on: Amanda gave her matter-of-fact take on the split: ‘There are two simple facts: if he thought I was brilliant, and I thought he was brilliant, then we wouldn’t have separated,’ 

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