Aged 2, the youngest farmer baa none!

Daily Mail - - News - By Izzy Fer­ris

At the age of two, most chil­dren are happy play­ing with model farm sets, stuffed an­i­mals or even start­ing to get to grips with an iPad.

How­ever, for Fred­die Baw­den, life on the farm is not child’s play but very much a labour of love.

For he likes noth­ing more than pulling on his over­alls and wellies to join his fa­ther James and mother Kayleigh as they tend to their an­i­mals.

De­spite his ten­der years, Fred­die takes his du­ties very seriously, help­ing feed the pigs, sheep, cows, chick­ens and ducks.

He also helps make up their feed and gives the an­i­mals wa­ter be­fore sweep­ing up and lay­ing down fresh hay.

Fred­die even has two minia­ture bat­tery­pow­ered John Deere trac­tors of his own for car­ry­ing hay, straw and feed around the farm in Dur­ring­ton, Wilt­shire. mr Baw­den

‘Other peo­ple can’t be­lieve his age’

said: ‘He’s been help­ing out ever since day one re­ally. He’s re­ally, re­ally help­ful ac­tu­ally. my grandad was a farmer and when I was very small, I grew up in that sit­u­a­tion with an­i­mals.

‘once we found out Fred­die was on the way I wanted him to have the same. We got a few lit­tle pigs, we al­ready had some chick­ens, we got some ducks and some sheep, then some cows. A bit of ev­ery­thing re­ally.

‘It’s good for him to grow up around them. It gets him out­side a lot and he just ab­so­lutely loves it re­ally.’

Fred­die goes to nurs­ery one-and-a-half days a week but spends the rest of his time help­ing his par­ents, who also run a dog train­ing cen­tre on the farm.

the young­ster helps to walk the dogs, as well as feed­ing them and sweep­ing the ken­nels. He also likes to join in the spe­cial train­ing ses­sions, throw­ing toys for the dogs to chase.

mr Baw­den said some even re­spond bet- ter to Fred­die than they do to their adult own­ers who may ‘over­think’ things.

‘But with a child, they just go for it,’ he added. ‘I think the dogs re­ally like it.

‘When you’ve got Fred­die hold­ing the lead and he just struts off across the field, some are taken back by how con­fi­dent he is.’

mr Baw­den ad­mit­ted most two-year-olds are more likely to be found watch­ing tV or play­ing with toys.

But he said: ‘It’s harder work to not let him join in. If he wants to come with me he can, if he doesn’t, he doesn’t have to.

‘He’s re­ally healthy, fit and strong. He eats masses and sleeps well be­cause he’s do­ing so much. When other peo­ple see him they can’t be­lieve his age. You see what he’s do­ing and you as­sume he’s four years old.

‘Peo­ple are taken back by how strong he is and how con­fi­dent he is. He loves show­ing off, he loves show­ing other peo­ple his piglets and sheep.’

In the driv­ing seat: He even has his own mini-trac­tor ‘Loves it’: With a feath­ered friend Do­ing a swill job: Lit­tle Fred­die busy at work in his wellies feed­ing the pigs, with his mother Kayleigh and help­ing out with dog train­ing

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