Jeremy Clarkson, the well-known former Top Gear presenter, recently experienced a heart-wrenching loss on his Diddly Squat Farm. The 62-year-old admitted that he had sleepless nights leading up to the day when he had to say a final farewell to his farm animals.
The Emotional Struggle of a Reluctant Jeremy Clarkson
Fans of Clarkson’s Farm, the popular Amazon Prime Video show, are familiar with the internal battles Jeremy often faces as a farmer and the owner of Diddly Squat Farm. Sending his sheep to the abattoir for the first time was a significant challenge, and viewers witnessed an emotional Clarkson shedding a tear as he bid his flock adieu without a real goodbye.
However, the star recently revealed that parting with seven of his male pigs was even more devastating. Jeremy shared the details of this agonising loss, which occurred last week on his Cotswolds farm, in his column for The Sunday Times.
Jeremy candidly expressed his emotional turmoil, stating:
“I can never sleep properly the night before they go, and all the way to the slaughterhouse, I have what feels like a hot cricket ball in the pit of my stomach.” He continued, “And then when it’s finally time to say goodbye, I always become a little bit unmanly.”
Acknowledging his role as a farmer, Jeremy admitted:
“I know that I’m trying to be a farmer and that this is what farmers do. And I know I will enjoy the bacon and ham and pork chops that result. But it’s not easy, taking seven happy, healthy pigs from their woodland home to their deaths.”
Financial Worries and Unexpected Challenges on Clarkson’s Farm
Jeremy’s pain was compounded by the fact that pig prices are currently so low that he would likely make a loss on the transaction. Unfortunately, his challenges didn’t end there.
Looking forward to the birth of new piglets, Jeremy and his girlfriend Lisa Hogan were met with a disheartening report. When one of their pregnant pigs only gave birth to a single piglet, Jeremy called the 24-hour emergency vet’s helpline for advice. To his surprise, taking the mother pig for a walk fortunately led to the arrival of 10 piglets the next morning.
The mother pig, later nicknamed Clumsy, inadvertently caused more heartache when she sat on two of her 10 piglets, leading to their untimely deaths. Jeremy lamented the unfortunate accident, saying:
“This is extremely irritating, and sad too. And expensive.
“All I know is that so far, 28 pigs have been born, and eight have been killed. That’s more than a quarter, and that’s one hell of a rate of attrition.”
As Jeremy Clarkson continues to navigate the complexities and emotional rollercoaster of farm life, his fans witness firsthand the bittersweet realities of caring for and saying goodbye to beloved animals.