For the Love of Farming
Farmer Will's Guide to Life in the Fields
by Farmer Will
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Pub Date 17 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 03 Oct 2023
Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion, White Lion Publishing
You fell in love with Farmer Will for his hilarious, informative – and insanely cute – TikTok vids. How would you like to visit his farm, meet his animals and escape to the world of this loveable TikToker and champion of modern farming?
Farmer Will – otherwise known as Will Young – is the eccentric lamb-tending, dancing farmer who’s rocked TikTok since exploding onto the Internet in 2020. His first TikTok was a 60-second video of lambing set to a pounding techno track and since then his videos have captured various aspects of farm- and family life, living in the countryside and mental health, all accompanied by a funloving Will and his trademark tunes.
In For the Love of Farming, Will reveals the real inner workings of his farm in the beautiful countryside of Buckinghamshire in the UK, season by season.
In each section, Will focuses on his prized possessions – his beautiful sheep and lambs, which he dutifully ‘belly bumps’, ‘bags’ and ‘dags’ as the seasons require. A sixth-generation farmer, Will describes his life on the farm with his indestructible cheer and charisma.
It’s relentless: the mornings are early and sometimes things don’t go right, but is it fun? Of course, it’s fun! In practical, illustrated step-by-steps, Will describes the processes of rearing sheep including treating them for lameness, hoof trimming and, of course, lambing, which he does with the utmost care and attention.
With his trusty pet pigs Timon and Pumbaa rolling over ‘just for tickles’ as Will would say, and the spitting alpacas harassing him around the clock, this is a heartwarming story of adventure and humour, rooted in Will’s passion for farming and the welfare of his animals.
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I love reading anything about farms and animals, so I was interested in reading this book. I've never heard of Farmer Will before, but he comes across as sweet and loves his animals. He is very knowledgeable and talks the reader through the farming year. This is more of a technical read, but I really enjoyed it. There is a great selection of photos to accompany the book.
For the Love of Farming: Farmer Will’s Guide to Life in the Fields
There are farmers and then there are other people. Farmers love the land; they love their animals, and they have a contented attitude. When I hear someone say farming isn’t for me, I think they have never experienced the beauty of a newborn calf, the pride in producing the perfect bale of hay, or seeing a newly planted field green up in early spring. Farming is hard work, and you will definitely get your hands dirty but it also offers a sense of contentment. For most farmers farming is fun. Farmer Will describes how to raise sheep, how to trim their hoofs and the gratification of successful lambing. Will has two pet pigs, four dogs, seven alpacas, numerous sheep and lambs.
Will Young is also known as Farmer Will; he is an author, farmer and well known for his videos. Will raises sheep on Buckinghamshire England where he is a sixth-generation farmer, you could say farming is in his blood. His book is filled with beautiful illustrations of life on the farm.
Farmer Will wants to spread a positive view of farming. He hopes to touch the life of a younger generation and encourage them to turn to farming. “There is not a lot of cash in farming, But I am rich in happiness. I would rather love what I do and be poor, than be miserable earning lots of money.”
Adorable book! I used to love Farmer Will’s TikTok when it was all about his farm animals. This book is pretty nice and I enjoyed getting to know more about him and his farm. There are lots of photos and lots of tips. It’s fun to read, and it’s a good coffee table book. I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review