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Our Yorkshire Farm: Amanda Owen’s son Reuben, 16, leaves for apprenticeship in series premiere

The oldest son of a mother-of-nine who ditched a career in modelling to work as a shepherdess in a remote farm in Yorkshire has revealed he has left the farm for a mechanic apprenticeship.

Reuben Owen, now 17, will say goodbye to his parents Amanda, 46, and Clive Owen, 67, in the season four premiere of Our Yorkshire Farm which airs tonight on Channel 5.

The series, which has been airing since 2015, follows the life of shepherds Amanda, and Clive and their brood of nine on their farm in Upper Swaledale, North Yorkshire.

The oldest son of a mother-of-nine who ditched a career in modelling to work as a shepherdess in a remote farm in Yorkshire has revealed he has left the farm for a mechanic apprenticeship. Pictured: Dad Clive, 67, Mum Amanda, 46, have nine children: - Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clementine (known as Clemmie or Tilly), five, and four-year-old Nancy

The oldest son of a mother-of-nine who ditched a career in modelling to work as a shepherdess in a remote farm in Yorkshire has revealed he has left the farm for a mechanic apprenticeship. Pictured: Dad Clive, 67, Mum Amanda, 46, have nine children: - Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clementine (known as Clemmie or Tilly), five, and four-year-old Nancy

The oldest son of a mother-of-nine who ditched a career in modelling to work as a shepherdess in a remote farm in Yorkshire has revealed he has left the farm for a mechanic apprenticeship. Pictured: Dad Clive, 67, Mum Amanda, 46, have nine children: – Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clementine (known as Clemmie or Tilly), five, and four-year-old Nancy

The couple run the 2,000-acre tenant farm where they manage their flock of around 1,000 sheep and run a B&B while raising their ‘free-range’ children – ranging from four-year-old Nancy, to Raven, 20, who has left to study at University.

All the children help out on the farm, and the couple joke they are losing their ‘chief mechanic’ when Reuben gets an apprenticeship learning how to fix tractors, meaning he won’t be with his family in the day time.

Who are the Owen family? 

Dad Clive, 67, Mum Amanda, 46, have nine children: –  Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clementine (known as Clemmie or Tilly), five, and four-year-old Nancy 

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The teenager, who missed sitting his GCSEs this summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is the second oldest of the Owen children and was raised on the farm, helping birth lambs, plough fields and hand-feed cows since a very young age.

Amanda has often been praised for the way she’s raised her children, but recently branded others of their generation ‘snowflakes’ saying they ‘can’t do anything for themselves’.

‘The snowflake generation, they can’t do anything,’ she told the Radio Times.

But this week’s episode show that her children are anything but snowflakes and sees new beginnings for the whole family.

The Owens take on a new sheepdog puppy, Nell, and Sidney, who was eight at the time of filming, being put in charge of her care.  

Meanwhile older brother Reuben, who was 16 when the show was filmed during the summer, was determined to restore an antique mower before he starts a mechanical apprenticeship at a heavy plant company.   

But before Reuben departs he’s spends quality time with little brother and mechanical sidekick Sid, after restoring a trials bike for the schoolboy and taking it for a ride across the across the moors.

Reuben Owen, 17 (pictured), will say goodbye to his parents Amanda, 46, and Clive Owen, 67, in the season four premiere of Our Yorkshire Farm which airs tonight on Channel 5. The series, which has been airing since 2015, follows the life of shepherds Amanda, and Clive Owen and their brood of nine on their farm in Upper Swaledale, North Yorkshire.

Reuben Owen, 17 (pictured), will say goodbye to his parents Amanda, 46, and Clive Owen, 67, in the season four premiere of Our Yorkshire Farm which airs tonight on Channel 5. The series, which has been airing since 2015, follows the life of shepherds Amanda, and Clive Owen and their brood of nine on their farm in Upper Swaledale, North Yorkshire.

Reuben Owen, 17 (pictured), will say goodbye to his parents Amanda, 46, and Clive Owen, 67, in the season four premiere of Our Yorkshire Farm which airs tonight on Channel 5. The series, which has been airing since 2015, follows the life of shepherds Amanda, and Clive Owen and their brood of nine on their farm in Upper Swaledale, North Yorkshire.

‘That wasn’t too hard, all I needed to do was go full throttle,’ Sid says after biking around the farm.

‘I won’t be doing this tomorrow, i’ll be at my apprenticeship, you’ll be out on your own, and  i’ll be back and they’ll be 10 things on your bike to fix,’ Reuben adds.

‘I’ll be away five days a week, I’m very proud of you, you’ll be fine while i’m away and i’ll be back in the evenings,’ he adds.

‘Wherever Reuben goes Sidney goes, he’ll definitely miss him while he’s gone,’ dad Clive adds.

Amanda has often been praised for the way she's raised her children, but recently branded others of their generation 'snowflakes' saying they 'can't do anything for themselves'.

Amanda has often been praised for the way she's raised her children, but recently branded others of their generation 'snowflakes' saying they 'can't do anything for themselves'.

Amanda has often been praised for the way she’s raised her children, but recently branded others of their generation ‘snowflakes’ saying they ‘can’t do anything for themselves’.

‘It’s going to be weird without my right hand man,’ he went on.

 ‘It’s good that he’s going but I’ll miss him, it’s a big step isn’t it,’ Clive said.

‘You’ll be a gopher for a bit,’ Amanda adds, ‘the first issue is how to get you there, there’s no bus service. We need to think about logistics and how to get you there, we’re not taking you,’ she added.

Getting up early to send Reuben off on his first day of his job, Amanda asks if he’s nervous.

The couple run the 2,000-acre tenant farm where they manage their flock of around 1,000 sheep and run a B&B while raising their 'free-range' children - ranging from four-year-old Nancy, to Raven, 20, who has left to study at University. Pictured: Dad Clive, 67, Mum Amanda, 46, Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clementine (known as Clemmie or Tilly), five, and four-year-old Nancy

The couple run the 2,000-acre tenant farm where they manage their flock of around 1,000 sheep and run a B&B while raising their 'free-range' children - ranging from four-year-old Nancy, to Raven, 20, who has left to study at University. Pictured: Dad Clive, 67, Mum Amanda, 46, Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clementine (known as Clemmie or Tilly), five, and four-year-old Nancy

The couple run the 2,000-acre tenant farm where they manage their flock of around 1,000 sheep and run a B&B while raising their ‘free-range’ children – ranging from four-year-old Nancy, to Raven, 20, who has left to study at University. Pictured: Dad Clive, 67, Mum Amanda, 46, Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clementine (known as Clemmie or Tilly), five, and four-year-old Nancy

‘It is all change for Reuben, this is his first taste of a different kind of life, he’s always been at school or on the farm, it’ll be quite eye-opening for him I think,’ the proud mother adds.      

Back at the farm Sid spends his summer holidays bonding with his puppy and dad Clive shares a few tricks of the sheepdog training trade with his youngest son.

Meanwhile, five-year-old Clemmie rehomes a lost chick and the girls find a brood of fledgling kestrels nesting in one of their traditional stone hayloft.

And as the family are tenants at Ravenseat, they decide to buy a neighbouring derelict farm and reveal they have ambitious plans to both establish a new flock on the land and one day renovate the plot’s dilapidated ancient farmhouse.    

Meanwhile, five-year-old Clemmie (pictured) rehomes a lost chick and the girls find a brood of fledgling kestrels nesting in one of their traditional stone hayloft.

Meanwhile, five-year-old Clemmie (pictured) rehomes a lost chick and the girls find a brood of fledgling kestrels nesting in one of their traditional stone hayloft.

Meanwhile, five-year-old Clemmie (pictured) rehomes a lost chick and the girls find a brood of fledgling kestrels nesting in one of their traditional stone hayloft.

The episode comes as Amanda revealed young people ‘don’t know anything about how to look after themselves’ adding that they have ‘no work ethic’. 

‘All of that has gone out of the window. It’s our fault as parents,’ she told the Radio Times.

‘If you put your child on a pedestal, with no sense of independence, and think you have got to entertain them the whole time, what can you expect?’ she added.

‘I rebuff swaddling children, because I want to see them go on and do well and be themselves, whatever that is. I feel like it is their life and all I do is prepare them.

Pictured: Violet, ten, with her pet cow - Ciara. The episode comes as Amanda revealed young people 'don't know anything about how to look after themselves' adding that they have 'no work ethic'.

Pictured: Violet, ten, with her pet cow - Ciara. The episode comes as Amanda revealed young people 'don't know anything about how to look after themselves' adding that they have 'no work ethic'.

Pictured: Violet, ten, with her pet cow – Ciara. The episode comes as Amanda revealed young people ‘don’t know anything about how to look after themselves’ adding that they have ‘no work ethic’.

‘What we do on the farm, hopefully, is preparation for the big world. The lessons they get here will stand them in good stead.’

She also revealed she gave birth to her eighth child on her own after deciding she could handle the task on her own, said she has instilled a sense of independence in her offspring. 

The Channel 5 star said she had wanted her children to make the most of the independence she has allowed, including when it comes to home schooling. 

She added: ‘We logged in for about a week. Then I threw it back to them

The Owens take on a new sheepdog puppy, Nell, and Sidney, who was eight at the time of filming, being put in charge of her care.

The Owens take on a new sheepdog puppy, Nell, and Sidney, who was eight at the time of filming, being put in charge of her care.

The Owens take on a new sheepdog puppy, Nell, and Sidney, who was eight at the time of filming, being put in charge of her care.

The mother-of-nine, who lives in a remote farm in the Yorkshire Dales, encourages her children to be independent

The mother-of-nine, who lives in a remote farm in the Yorkshire Dales, encourages her children to be independent

The mother-of-nine, who lives in a remote farm in the Yorkshire Dales, encourages her children to be independent 

‘Children have to be independent. I can’t be a helicopter parent. We read the papers and they show me some of their projects, but I have yet to be at a single parents’ evening. I did pretty poorly at my exams, but look at what I have achieved since then.’

Owen met her husband in 1996 when he was already divorced with two children, after she arrived at his farm as a 21-year-old trainee shepherdess. They quickly fell in love despite the age gap.

By the time she came to deliver daughter Clemmie, now five, she had already decided she could handle the incredible task on her own.

The family back in 2015 when they featured on Ben Fogle's New Lives In The Wild. At the time, their eldest was 14-year-old Raven and Clemmie was just five-weeks-old. They've since had their ninth child, three-year-old Nancy

The family back in 2015 when they featured on Ben Fogle's New Lives In The Wild. At the time, their eldest was 14-year-old Raven and Clemmie was just five-weeks-old. They've since had their ninth child, three-year-old Nancy

The family back in 2015 when they featured on Ben Fogle’s New Lives In The Wild. At the time, their eldest was 14-year-old Raven and Clemmie was just five-weeks-old. They’ve since had their ninth child, three-year-old Nancy

Free spirits! The mother-of-nine said she has instilled on that same sense of independence in their children (Owen is pictured with some of her children on the Moors)

Free spirits! The mother-of-nine said she has instilled on that same sense of independence in their children (Owen is pictured with some of her children on the Moors)

Free spirits! The mother-of-nine said she has instilled on that same sense of independence in their children (Owen is pictured with some of her children on the Moors)

Even the youngest of the nine kids help out around the farm with chores, including feeding lambs (pictured, Nancy) and untying hay bales

Even the youngest of the nine kids help out around the farm with chores, including feeding lambs (pictured, Nancy) and untying hay bales

Even the youngest of the nine kids help out around the farm with chores, including feeding lambs and untying hay bales

Even the youngest of the nine kids help out around the farm with chores, including feeding lambs and untying hay bales

Even the youngest of the nine kids help out around the farm with chores, including feeding lambs (left, Nancy) and untying hay bales (right Sid) 

‘Our local maternity hospital is in Middlesbrough, which is 69 miles away, and on these roads, that takes a long time. So by baby number eight, I thought sod it, I’ll do it myself.

‘I knew the baby was in the right position, so when I felt the familiar feelings I went downstairs and had the baby in front of the fire with my terrier as a birthing partner.’

She added: ‘Clive wasn’t desperate to be at the birth, he was asleep upstairs. I went and woke him up with the baby.’

Many of the children help out on the farm when they are not at school – or travelling to and from as the journey takes an hour and a half each way.

Our Yorkshire Farm's Amanda Owen hit the headlines yesterday after she blamed parents for today's 'snowflake' generation of youngsters who cannot look after themselves - but how does she raise her own kids?

Our Yorkshire Farm's Amanda Owen hit the headlines yesterday after she blamed parents for today's 'snowflake' generation of youngsters who cannot look after themselves - but how does she raise her own kids?

Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen hit the headlines yesterday after she blamed parents for today’s ‘snowflake’ generation of youngsters who cannot look after themselves – but how does she raise her own kids? 

Owen revealed she gave birth to her eighth child at home on the floor while her husband was asleep upstairs

Owen revealed she gave birth to her eighth child at home on the floor while her husband was asleep upstairs

Owen revealed she gave birth to her eighth child at home on the floor while her husband was asleep upstairs

Amanda's nine children are encouraged to explore the great outdoors, develop independence and help out around the farm  (pictured, Amanda's daughter Kate in the field)

Amanda's nine children are encouraged to explore the great outdoors, develop independence and help out around the farm  (pictured, Amanda's daughter Kate in the field)

Amanda’s nine children are encouraged to explore the great outdoors, develop independence and help out around the farm  (pictured, Amanda’s daughter Kate in the field) 

‘In order to make a big family work they all need to tow the line. It’s not about child labour – it’s about pulling together,’ Owen told the Daily Mail in an article in 2018.

Their traditional way of life helps keep costs down, too.

With the nearest shop so far away – and the risk during winter that they could be snowed in for weeks – Owen buys food in bulk, and manages to feed her large family for just £130 a week.

The Owens started sharing their lives with viewers in July 2015, when the show first aired, The children have grown in the lens of the camera

The Owens started sharing their lives with viewers in July 2015, when the show first aired, The children have grown in the lens of the camera

The Owens started sharing their lives with viewers in July 2015, when the show first aired, The children have grown in the lens of the camera 

Not just for fair weather! Amanda gets out on the farm no matter what the weather and often posts pictures in the rain from wet and windy Yorkshire

Not just for fair weather! Amanda gets out on the farm no matter what the weather and often posts pictures in the rain from wet and windy Yorkshire

Not just for fair weather! Amanda gets out on the farm no matter what the weather and often posts pictures in the rain from wet and windy Yorkshire

Not just for fair weather! Amanda gets out on the farm no matter what the weather and often posts pictures in the rain from wet and windy Yorkshire

Not just for fair weather! Amanda gets out on the farm no matter what the weather and often posts pictures in the rain from wet and windy Yorkshire

Farm life! Amanda often poses my tractors and shows off her life on the Yorkshire Dale farm with her children

Farm life! Amanda often poses my tractors and shows off her life on the Yorkshire Dale farm with her children

Like mother like daughter! Amanda's daughter is pictured on the farm feeding a cow

Like mother like daughter! Amanda's daughter is pictured on the farm feeding a cow

Farm life! Amanda often poses my tractors and shows off her life on the Yorkshire Dale farm with her children while her little ones are often spotted about too (right)

Viewers were as impressed as ever after Channel 5 aired a five-year special of Our Yorkshire Farm, looking at how the Owen family (pictured) evolved in the five years since the show started in 2015. (Amanda, 45, with Clive Owen, 66 and their nine children: Annas, Clemmie, Nancy, Raven, Sidney, Miles, Violet, Edith and Reuben )

Viewers were as impressed as ever after Channel 5 aired a five-year special of Our Yorkshire Farm, looking at how the Owen family (pictured) evolved in the five years since the show started in 2015. (Amanda, 45, with Clive Owen, 66 and their nine children: Annas, Clemmie, Nancy, Raven, Sidney, Miles, Violet, Edith and Reuben )

Viewers were as impressed as ever after Channel 5 aired a five-year special of Our Yorkshire Farm, looking at how the Owen family (pictured) evolved in the five years since the show started in 2015. (Amanda, 45, with Clive Owen, 66 and their nine children: Annas, Clemmie, Nancy, Raven, Sidney, Miles, Violet, Edith and Reuben ) 

Their water is free, channelled from the stream on the moor, and they heat the house and water with a roaring fire, which burns every day no matter what the weather.

The biggest utilities bill is electricity, which costs £160 per month.

They pay for their annual tenancy in the stone farmhouse with the profits made from farming – although this can be a struggle with 2,000 kilos of sheep’s wool going for just £65.

On a good day they will sheer 130 sheep. 

Our Yorkshire Farm airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 5 

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