Monday 26 August 2019

Herdwatch: celebrity farmers

While farming may not be the most glamorous of professions, many A-list celebrities regularly get down and dirty on farms of their own.

When Hollywood hunk and all round super-dad Brad Pitt, is not making our heart skip a beat on screen, directing his next film or looking after his beautiful brood, he can be found tending to his vineyard in the south of France.

"I'm a farmer now," Pitt said earlier this year. "I love learning about the land and which field is most suitable for which grape, the drama of September and October: are we picking today?"

Pitt's ex-wife Jennifer Aniston is also said to be a fan of 'home-farming' with her own chicken coup at her Beverley Hills estate.

Mark Ruffalo credits his 50-acre farm in upstate New York - complete with heavy machinery - with keeping the busy actor and father of two stress-free.

Comedian Roseanne Barr has farmed for many years. The star recently made a reality show about her latest venture - a macadamia nut and livestock farm in Hawaii.

And there is no such thing as down-time for Russell Crowe when he returns home to his 1400 acre Australian cattle farm, where he likes to get hands on with the livestock.

Perhaps the most unlikely pig farmer, Liz Hurley, famously bought an idyllic farm in the Cotwalds, following the birth of her son Damian.

But after 11 years living the farmer's life - during which she kept, cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and geese, and even had her own range of sausages stocked in Harrods - the model-turned-actress recently put the property on the market for £6 million.

We even have some home-grown celebrity farmers such as Irish rugby star Sean O'Brien, who grew up on his family farm in Tullow, Co Carlow, and chef Rachel Allen, who grows organic ingredients and rears turkeys at the family's Ballymaloe farm.

Irish Independent

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