‘Want to make it work’ Jeremy Clarkson reflects on ‘emotional’ lack of profit on his farm

Jeremy Clarkson recalls ‘hilarious day’ on the farm

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Jeremy Clarkson, 61, looked back at all he’s accomplished with the biggest challenge he’s ever taken on, and he has got no intention of giving it up. The newbie farmer and his 1,000 acre farm Diddly Squat, have become staples in the Cotswold countryside, and it’s safe to say Jeremy has outdone himself.

I made £144 profit in my first year — that was pretty emotional for me

Jeremy Clarkson

And what’s even better, is that he actually enjoys doing it, despite the major pitfalls in profit.

But the controversial presenter, who has won awards for his farming contributions, put the money aspect of it aside, and decided to focus on the thrill instead.

In his new column for The Times, Jeremy weighed up how much money he could make selling the ginormous estate in the heart of the country, but pointed out he isn’t bothered by doing that.

“People say I’m not emotional but the whole reason I’m doing this is emotional,” he shrugged.

“The truth is I have enough money to eat for a thousand years.

“My thousand acres of Cotswolds land is worth £15-30 million so I’d make more money selling it and investing in emerging markets.”

He went on: “But I want to make the farm work.

“Not the farm shop or the brewery or the restaurant but the actual farm.

“I made £144 profit in my first year — that was pretty emotional for me.”

Jeremy has since branched out into the alcohol business, using his farm to make a lager that he and his business parters have named Hawkstone, after a neolithic standing stone in the Cotswolds.

But much to the dismay of his land agent, nicknamed Cheerful Charlie, investing in a brewery set the cogs working in Jezza’s head.

The 61-year-old claimed his colleague “rhythmically banged his forehead on the table” on hearing that he wants to grow spring barley at Diddly Squat.

The presenter’s enthusiasm for the project was not matched by Charlie, who made it clear it would be “disastrous”.

It comes after he announced the crop plan he’d devised, which included three types of wheat, two types of oilseed rape, echium, potatoes, grassland for the cows and winter barley.

But spring barley, which Jeremy needed in order to make his lager, was missing.

“I don’t know why beer has to be made from barley that’s planted in March rather than September, but it does. And Charlie had left it out,” he revealed.

But when he broke the news to the land agent, he made his feelings very clear.

“‘I know,’ he replied, ‘It’s always disastrous on your farm, so I didn’t think we’d bother any more.'”

The ex Top Gear star continued: “I pulled my special crestfallen face and explained that I’d just invested in a brewery that would use my barley and that we had a name and everything.

“‘Ah,’ said Charlie, before gently rolling his eyes and rhythmically banging his forehead on the table.”

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