Our Yorkshire Farm’s Miles has been left heartbroken after the death of one of his flock.
The 14-year-old aspiring farmer tends to his own sheep, following in the footsteps of parents Amanda and Clive.
Fans of the Channel 5 show will have seen Miles working with his dad closely at Christmas time, as he cared for chickens as well as his sheep.
However, a number of viewers were taken aback by the fact he then picked out the chicken they’d eat for Christmas dinner, Yorkshire Live reports.
In her 2019 Adventures Of The Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda had penned: “Every year we replenish our ageing flock of hens with end-of-lay hens destined for processing.
“Miles takes them under his wing caring for them in the barn until they become acclimatised to the weather at Ravenseat and can become free-range.”
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She continued: “He also has his own flock of sheep, a dozen Texdales (Texel/Swaledale crosses).
“He lambs his little flock himself. Everything is timed carefully to make sure that his sheep’s due dates coincide with the Easter school holidays.
“He gets to see it all, and he was heartbroken when one day he went outside to feed his sheep and found one had escaped and got into the feedstore, overindulged, become bloated and died.
“It’s entirely his flock and he makes decisions about who he keeps and who he sells, with just a hint of guidance from Clive.”
Amanda described her son as quiet, sensitive and knowledgeable and says he lives for the day when he can farm full-time.
But when it came to picking a chicken, Miles didn’t seem to have any qualms, showing that his farming skills had developed.
Amanda commented: “We live on a farm, it’s just the cycle of life and death.”
As she cooked in the kitchen, alongside some of her other children, she added: “Sometimes to get the best of your animals and your produce, it requires eating them!”