Clarkson’s Farm star Kaleb Cooper makes just 50p an hour farming

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Kaleb Cooper, 24, has become a farming hit as he accompanied Jeremy Clarkson on his journey on Diddly Squat Farm on the Prime Video hit Clarkson’s Farm. In a recent interview, the young farmer opened up about the cost of living crisis in relation to farming and how he takes home a mere 50p an hour when working for himself in order to make a profit.

I’m trying to get a profit!

Kaleb Cooper

Kaleb made the revelation during an interview with Jeremy Clarkson on the Performance People podcast, hosted by Ben and George Ainslie.

Although he has been enjoying his newfound fame, the young budding farmer opened up about the realities of pay for farmers and what he has to do now he’s opened his own cattle business.

He said: “When I’m working for myself, when I’m feeding my calves in the morning – I bought eight calves, it’s like a little bit of a new business idea that I’m doing, buying calves in and then feed them on milk, which costs me about £200 a calf, then selling them at nine months.

“[I’m] trying to get a profit [and] see if it will work.

“I worked it out the other day, do you know how much my hourly rate is, how much I pay myself? 50p an hour.”

Kaleb also opened up about the struggles of farming in the current cost of living crisis, and explained that it’s “incredibly hard” for both contractors and the industry at the moment.

He shared: “Diesel, for example, was 32p per litre last year. It’s now £1.20.

“And as a contractor, I can’t really put my prices up because the farmers go, ‘Christ, I can’t really afford it’.”

Host Ben also spoke about an issue he had with cows, leaving Jeremy to show off his large signs which he is not allowed to put up for insurance reasons.

They read “free acupuncture” and “bull in the field (No red trousers)”.

Jeremy explained: “You can’t even put danger in the field because if a bull then attacks somebody and writes danger you are then accepting that you knew it was dangerous.

“Therefore you’re liable. So all you can write is bull in the field and let people make their own minds up.”

This led Jeremy to talk about a recent incident that happened on the farm that led to him being sued after a lady “trespassed” on his land.

He explained: “We had one that other day. That woman who put her croc into… You lift a gate post out when you open double gates so you can open both gates.

“We took it out and we were in and out all day long. And she was trespassing on the farm and somehow she put her foot into this hole and then bruised her leg.

“It was then ‘I’m suing you’. And there is nothing you can do.

“We were in and out and they just said I should have put the thing back in. I was like… f****g hell… so yeah, it’s a constant frustration.”

This is not the first time Jeremy has been hit with legal drama over angry neighbours upset with his controversial plans to build a restaurant on the farm.

Painting restorer Hamish Dewar called in lawyers last November to stop the former Top Gear host from transforming a lambing shed into an eatery with parking for 70 cars.

You can watch the full podcast here. Performance People is available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube and more.

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