OUR Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen has defended her decision to share pictures of dead cows – insisting that “loss is normal”.
As one of the most remote farms in the country, Amanda and her husband Clive document their journey of raising nine children on Ravenseat Farm on the Channel 5 staple show.
While her large family is able to enjoy the benefits of the open countryside and idyllic views, farming life can also throw up some rather brutal scenes.
Sharing a picture on social media, Amanda shared a picture of a dead cow on the farm and defended her decision in doing so.
“I hope that some of the images show that as well,” Amanda said, referring to the revealing photo she uploaded.
“I’ve never shied away from that on social media, I’ve put pictures up when I’ve had various issues, and when I do my presentation there’s a dead cow in a bog.
“Is it a picture that you’d want to stare at for ages? Probably not, but it’s reality and it happens, and that’s why it’s important that you take it as a whole.”
The Channel 5 series has shown viewers how sometimes, the family has to make do without running water and electricity.
“We’re very fortunate that we live in this beautiful place, but it comes with its challenges,” Amanda explained.
“But everybody, wherever you are, whether you live in a tower block in Leeds, or whether you live on a remote high fill farm, we all face challenges and one of the binding factors in the challenges that we face is how to feed ourselves.
“Food waste is an enormous problem, throwing away food yet other people not being able to access food, that is just so tragic.”
The shepherdess also explained that a big part of her new book – Celebrating the Seasons with the Yorkshire Shepherdess – focuses on preventing food waste.
As a way of raising awareness of the issue, Amanda aims to provide tips on how the family bulk buy and store food during the winter, and how to make food go further.
Our Yorkshire Farm continues Tuesday on Channel 5 at 9pm.
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