Clarkson's Farm's Kaleb Cooper fights tears as he shares devastating farm loss - 'It's hard!'

Kaleb Cooper

Kaleb Cooper was choked up as he delivered his latest update

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 11/08/2023

- 13:17

Updated: 31/08/2023

- 15:38

Jeremy Clarkson's righthand man at Diddly Squat has been dealt some tragic news

While he may be best known for keeping Jeremy Clarkson in line on Diddly Squat, younger farmer Kaleb Cooper has a number of work ventures of his own.

Just last month, Cooper revealed to his social media followers he'd co-purchased a herd of dairy cows.

However, in his latest update from Chipping Norton, Cooper had some sad news to share with his fans.

Taking to Instagram, a clearly distressed Cooper explained: "Now, today's a bit stressful.

"I've just found out the place where I have my dairy cows, the 21 dairy cows that I bought, has got three reactors to TB."

Cooper let out a huge exhale as he tried to keep his composure following the devastating news.

Kaleb Cooper holds back tears

Kaleb struggled to hold back tears


He eventually continued: "I don't really know how to describe the emotion.

"I mean, I know it's not all my cows and I don't know how he feels but... it's hard," he added as his voice began to crack.

As he began to well up, Cooper added: "It's not good. Three reactors so therefore we've got to test again in two month's time.

"That's three cows we've lost that are milking," Cooper said as he let yet another blow of air out.

The news will undoubtedly be a blow to Cooper's business away from Clarkson's Farm and his projects at Diddly Squat.

The loss to Cooper comes just weeks after he admitted he was "really excited" to throw himself into the world of dairy farming once again.

In another video shared on his Instagram page earlier this month, he said: "I was too excited not to share this so I’m posting it now.

"I own 21 dairy cows that are being milked locally to me. Guess I’m going back milking in the mornings to do my part.

Jeremy Clarkson and Kaleb Cooper

Jeremy Clarkson and Kaleb Cooper star in Clarkson's Farm


"I brought them with a friend of mine, he milks them to help him get the grant for the robots and stuff like that.

"And I'm gonna take you on the journey to show you how the robots work as well as all the dairy cows," Cooper signed off.

Whether the disease will take hold and infect the rest of Cooper's cattle remains to be seen.

Both he and Clarkson faced the threat of TB head-on in the second season of Clarkson's Farm as they shared with Amazon viewers just how devastating it can be to farmers.

In fact, Clarkson even spoke to a neighbouring farmer in Oxfordshire who had told him it had wiped out their entire herd.

Bovine TB is defined on the government's website as "mainly a respiratory disease" and "transmission can occur through nose-to-nose contact and also through contact with saliva, urine, faeces, and milk."

It adds: "Cattle can become infected when directly exposed to infectious cattle (or other infectious animals) and their excretions.
"The movement of cattle with undetected infection is the most likely way that disease spreads to new areas."

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