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Amanda Owens and her brood have found fame on Channel 5 reality hit Our Yorkshire Farm.
But many fans would be surprised to know that Amanda – who seems at home on 2,000-acre Ravenseat Farm in Upper Swaledale, which is home to 1,000 sheep, 40 cows, six dogs and four ponies – originally hails from Huddersfield.
The 46-year-old was inspired to leave the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire for greener pastures after falling in love with the great outdoors after reading James Herriot books.
Her fondness for literature also led to her embarking on the unconventional career of becoming a shepherdess after diving into a library book about a hill shepherd.
After admiring the stunning snaps inside the book she knew that she saw rolling hills and lush greenery in her future.
Amanda Owens found fame on Channel 5 reality hit Our Yorkshire Farm
"It was the pictures, it was the landscape, it was the people — everything in that book just appealed to me," she previously shared.
"It wasn't glossing over the hard side, it was very real and very gritty and atmospheric but it was just the thought of working outdoors and actually doing something, having a physical job where you were out there feeling the elements — windburn, sunburn, rained on, all the rest of it — sounded like a good idea back then."
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At the age of 21, her shepherdess dream began.
She went on to gain experience by taking part in farm chores at different locations before working as a contract shepherdess aided by a couple of sheepdogs.
The TV star originally hails from Huddersfield but at the age of 21 decided to seek out a life in the country
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Amanda then met husband Clive on his farm and they fell in love
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Then on one job, she got more than she bargained for as she fell in love with now-husband Clive.
The two met due to a chance encounter after Amanda arrived at Clive’s Ravenseat Farm to pick up a ram and what started as just a routine job ended up with the pair starting a relationship with Amanda settling in at the stunning Yorkshire farm.
They share their home with their nine kids – Annas, Violet, Edith, Raven, Clemmy, Nancy, Reuben, Miles, and Sidney – who all muck in to help out in all aspects of farm life.
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Our Yorkshire Farm was not Amanda's first taste of being on TV.
She and her family first appeared on-screen on ITV series The Dales and also starred on presented by Adrian Edmondson and Ben Fogle's New Lives in the Wild.
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