Our Yorkshire Farm: The children rename their new cow
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In a classic episode of Channel 5’s Our Yorkshire Farm, Amanda Owen, 46, openly admitted she didn’t like the name of her cow when she first purchased her. Taking the children along to meet the cow before towing it home, she asked the former owner what the cow’s name was, not liking the answer. So with the help of her children, they came up with a new name for the cow, now known as Buttercup.
In the episode, Amanda, Reuben, Violet, Clemmy and Annie all clambered into the car to make their way to a town called Kirkby Stephen.
Amanda told the children: “So we’re going to buy a cow today, it’s the same type of cow that we’ve already got, it’s a Shorthorn.
“But our Shorthorns are not actually dairy Shorthorns, our cows are beef Shorthorns, so it’s the same breed, but it is used to milk.”
Amanda explained that the family wanted to be more self-sufficient and decided to buy a house cow.
Clive Owen, Amanda’s husband, explained that they haven’t been able to go off to places often due to lockdown, so having their own milking cow would be helpful for the family.
Arriving at the farm, the children piled out of the car and were excited to see their new family member.
“Does the cow have a name?” Amanda asked, with the owner replying: “She’s called Wild Eyes.”
Surprised and confused by the name, Amanda exclaimed: “She’s called what?” with the owner repeating her name.
“I don’t know if I like that as a name,” Amanda admitted.
Five-year-old Clemmy was the first into the pen with the cow and was keen to befriend her when Amanda asked: “What do you think of a name for her?
“Because we’re not calling her Wild Eyes,” she explained, Annie replied: “Bluebell,” with Clemmy keen in agreement.
Amanda suggested the name Clover, with Clemmy exclaiming: “Oh yeah, Clover, Clover, Clover!”
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The owner then commented: “Buttercup is an old-fashioned cow name,” with Annie also agreeing with the name Buttercup.
Clemmy then turned to her mother and asked: “We don’t eat her?”
Laughing at her daughter’s comment, Amanda reassured: “Eat her?! No.
“No, we’re going to milk her,” Amanda reassured before they settled on Buttercup, who was two and a half years old when Amanda got her.
Speaking to the camera, Amanda explained that the cow was producing 17 litres of milk a day which was “more than enough” for their household.
“Saves me going to the shop, we’re getting good fresh milk, we know it’s provenance, and we know where it comes from.
“And it looks like there’s going to be a lot of rice puddings and ice cream and hot chocolate and basically lots of milk-related things,” Amanda joked.
Buttercup, the cow, was easy to load into their trailer and the family set off back home to introduce their new cow to the farm.
Our Yorkshire Farm returns this Autumn on Channel 5.
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