Jeremy Clarkson says ‘suicidal sheep’ are making his farming life ‘a struggle’

Jeremy Clarkson says his suicidal sheep are making life a flocking nightmare.

The Grand Tour star, 61, has plenty of them at his 1,000-acre farm in the Cotswolds, but trying to keep them all alive is difficult.

He said: “They wake up in the morning and think, ‘How can I die today?’ And they don’t want it to be a simple, clean, nice death, or at a convenient time.

“They will put their head in fencing and try to cut it off or concentrate really hard on rotting from the back.

“It’s a non-stop struggle trying to keep them alive. And you make no money out of them.” Cameras have followed him for Clarkson’s Farm, starting on Amazon Prime Video on June 11.

It’s not just the sheep which are driving Jeremy “baamy” – Government red tape also makes farm life more difficult.

Jeremy said: “Farmers keep being told what to do by people in Whitehall.

“Why is there this constant bombardment of rules and regulations on people who already know what they are doing?”

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Speaking on Saturday night's Jonathan Ross Show, Jeremy explained that he'd taken up farming in lockdown, underestimating how hard it would be.

He said: "I have had a farm, quite a big farm, a 1000 acres, since 2008. A man farmed it for me. Then he said, 'I'm retiring'.

"So I thought, I'll do it myself which is the stupidest decision. I thought it was a part time thing… ended up calling it Diddly Squat because that's how much you make from farming."

He went on: "You get up in the morning and people shout at you. You think you know what you're doing…They just shouted at me, all rolled their eyes.

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"Occasionally one of them would say, ‘I’m a bit disappointed…’ there was a lot of that."

Despite his love of cars, Jeremy claimed that he hasn't had an accident on the road in over 51-years.

He said: "I haven't crashed on the road since 1977. It was 36 hours later [from passing my driving test] in the Yorkshire Dales.

"It was a good old crash. Then I thought, 'I’m not doing that again'. Touch wood so far haven't. It's been a long time since I've crashed."

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