The first season of Clarkson’s Farm, which featured host Jeremy Clarkson and his land agent ‘Cheerful’ Charlie Ireland as well as several others like Kaleb Cooper and Lisa Hogan, was a hit with audiences and received praise from the farming community for its realistic portrayal of the industry. In a recent interview, Ireland shed some light on one of the things that Clarkson dislikes most about the Diddly Squat Farm, which is apparently a common hatred among farmers. While he didn’t go into specifics, it’s clear that Clarkson and Ireland have a relationship full of respect for each other, even if it comes across as if Charlie is grumpy 95% of the time in the show.
Talking about the difficulties Clarkson has confided to him, the land agent told fans of the show that Jeremy now has a severe hatred for sheep.
“He really doesn’t like sheep. But, you know, just the brilliance of him, on TV he turns the sheep from something that might be mundane and tiresome into actually what is a pretty amusing plot line.
“Because he captures exactly what every farmer finds with sheep. They’re difficult to keep.”
He explained that he and Clarkson carefully selected the flock based on their breed, temperament, and suitability for the farm, and it’s clear that they put a lot of time and effort into this plan.
“We did go out and buy some really smart North Country mules. I mean they’re nice sheep. In fact, the sheep were bred by Alistair Cook’s wife. So those of you that know the Hunts, they came from Alice and Henry Hunt, who farmed just outside Leighton Buzzard.
“And we bought them. So, yep. Cracking sheep. They’re the two rams that we introduced, Leonardo and Wayne. I have no idea why he called them that, but he did.”
But in an interesting turn, Jeremy has expanded this project as he joins forces with a neighbouring farmer.
Bringing their flocks of sheep together, this has allowed them to create more revenue while also reducing their costs – and annoyance – and has allowed Jeremy to make the most of this investment. This type of collaboration is not uncommon in the farming industry, as it allows farmers to pool their resources and expertise in order to improve efficiency and productivity. It will be interesting to see how this partnership plays out and how it may impact the success of the Diddly Squat Farm and the filming of Season 2 of the show.
“In true farm consultant fashion, we’ve created a joint venture with another neighbour who has a smaller flock. So we’ve merged our one hundred and thirty sheep with his hundred. So there is almost a viable flock. All of the lambs are sold through the farm shop which is good and you have to get there quickly.
“It’s amazing how quickly somebody will buy half a lamb when it has a Diddly Squat Farm sticker on it.”
Overall, it’s clear that Clarkson and Ireland are dedicated to running a thriving farm that is both sustainable and profitable. With their combined knowledge and experience – and the fact that there are people that will buy anything with the Diddly Squat logo on it, it will be of no surprise to see the farm thrive in the future.