Aged 2, the youngest farmer baa none!
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