Jeremy Clarkson Heartbroken Over Pig Deaths at Diddly Squat Farm

Jeremy Clarkson's "Clarkson's Farm" reveals the heartbreaking loss of beloved piglets, highlighting the harsh realities and emotional challenges faced by farmers, even in the public eye.

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Jeremy Clarkson Heartbroken Over Pig Deaths at Diddly Squat Farm

Jeremy Clarkson Heartbroken Over Pig Deaths at Diddly Squat Farm

Jeremy Clarkson, the host of the popular Amazon Prime series "Clarkson's Farm," has disclosed the devastating impact a series of animal deaths have had on his Diddly Squat Farm. In the upcoming third season of the show, Clarkson and his partner Lisa Hogan focused their efforts on pig farming, but they were left in tears by the tragic fate that befell their piglets.

Clarkson revealed that the piglets perished in concerning quantities under challenging circumstances, describing it as an "absolutely horrific" period. "I've never seen Lisa cry before, but she was in tears over this," Clarkson said, admitting that he also cried over the deaths as he had a particular soft spot for the animals.

The high mortality rate among the piglets was attributed to various factors, including some being accidentally crushed by their mothers and others succumbing to natural causes in infancy. Clarkson noted that pigs can be "bad mothers," particularly the sandy and black breeds they were rearing.

Despite his love for pigs and hopes that they would be more profitable than his other ventures, Clarkson struggled with the "catastrophically high level of deaths." The couple has since suffered another calamity with the pigs, but Clarkson says they are now "getting more robust" at dealing with the loss of animals.

Why this matters: Clarkson's experience highlights the harsh realities and emotional challenges faced by farmers, even those in the public eye. The high mortality rate among livestock is a somber reminder of the hardships and heartbreaks that come with animal husbandry.

The upcoming third season of "Clarkson's Farm" will showcase these grim challenges of pig rearing, despite prior warnings from the farm's agricultural advisor about the round-the-clock care required for pigs. Clarkson acknowledged the peculiar position of loving the animals and then having to "kill them" for farming purposes. The show will continue to feature Clarkson's unconventional farming methods and the genuine reality of life on Diddly Squat Farm, with no scripts or planning.

Key Takeaways

  • Clarkson's farm saw high piglet mortality, devastating him and partner Lisa.
  • Piglets died from being crushed by mothers or natural causes in infancy.
  • Clarkson struggled with the "catastrophically high level of deaths" of pigs.
  • The upcoming season will showcase the harsh realities of pig farming.
  • Clarkson acknowledged the difficulty of loving animals and then killing them.