Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen addresses sleepless nights over ‘terrible’ business woes

Yorkshire shepherdess Amanda Owen, 46, has shared a rare insight into her family’s struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Our Yorkshire Farm star said that although many of her fans presume her idyllic rural life wouldn’t have been impacted by lockdowns and social distancing, she insisted it has left her with sleepless nights amid concerns about her family’s business.

Amanda revealed that she and her husband Clive Owen are “very reliant” on business from tourists, which wasn’t possible during the national lockdowns.

The mum-of-nine admitted: “I know a lot of people will think ‘Well, not a lot has changed with your life as a shepherd’ and while it may seem like in the countryside, the pandemic is so very far away but that’s actually not the case.

“In the first instance, we have diversified as a farm and we are very reliant on tourists.

“The first six months of the year is very hands on with the sheep throughout the winter but, come the end of lambing season, we’re looking after people instead, shepherding tourists.

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“Of course, that never happened last year – the people never came.”

Amanda went on to say that her worries about the virus in general also left her up late at night worrying.

She explained: “Having nine kids at home is not continuative with good sleep patterns, I can tell you. 

“I mean, you’ve got all the issues with homeschooling and questioning yourself about what is going to happen to the world and whether you’re doing the right thing.”


The episode saw 12-year-old Edith and five-year-old Clemmy collecting some water from a nearby river in freezing conditions.

Amanda said: “You do not realise how much water you use until you haven’t got any.

“Fortunately, we do have a river in close proximity to the house, but still it’s all to carry.”

She continued: “We’ve had water off for 10 days before which was really, really bad.


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