Matt Baker reveals his wife and mum are on Instagram
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Matt Baker, 43, has relocated his family from Hertfordshire to his parents’ estate in Yorkshire, as he helps them modernise the sprawling farmland while being filmed for Channel 4 programme Our Farm In The Dales. In the latest scenes shown, the Countryfile presenter and his wife Nicola Baker could be seen wracked with “guilt” after picking out a Herdwick male to join their ewes.
He’s sizing me up
Matt visited the Lake District to pay Joe Weir a visit, the farmer who had previously helped them choose their female Herdwick sheep.
Eventually, the TV star chose a male who had caught his eye out of the 35 strong herd.
He then faced the difficult job of getting the strong-willed creature onto his truck to be transported back to Durham
Matt said: “Let’s get him loaded up… he’s sizing me up.”
Nicola looking on at her husband’s tough task, laughed: “Good luck love, I’m not taking any bets on it.”
The former One Show host responded: “He will be alright when he sees his new girlfriends.”
Matt thanked farmer Joe for helping him to eventually load the animal into the truck.
He said: “Joe thank you mate. I’m massively out of breath, but totally grateful.”
Matt also noticed the herd of now just 34 appeared solemn, as they stared at their former companion being taken away by the couple.
The father of two commented: “They are all looking thinking, ‘What was wrong with me?’”
Nicola quipped: “Don’t, I feel guilty now!”
The Countryfile host offered his assistance at his parents’ farm after his mother Janice Baker, 65, was injured when some of their pedigree flock of Hampshire Down Sheep knocked her over, as she was preparing to shear them.
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However, despite having a broken leg and injuries that led to a knee replacement, Janice was determined to continue farming.
Matt’s plan is to restock the remote farm and introduce more suitable breeds to reduce the burden of upkeep on his parents.
The popular TV presenter shared: “My mum has always been a shepherdess. I’ve grown up with her doing that.
“We could never have persuaded her to do otherwise – it was always going to be the sheep!”
The star shared his main concern was for his mother to be able to cope during the colder months at the remote farm.
He continued: “Really we are securing the future of the breeding stock on the farm, in a way that mum will be able to cope in the wintertime on the hill.
“That really is the whole premise of the show,” he added to Wales247.co.uk.
Matt also continues his hosting duties on Countryfile, which continues this Sunday at 8.20am on BBC One.
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